January Hunting Tips

By: Dale Bender

Every January I will start to put away all my hunting equipment. I will have to take time to check the nuts and bolts and touch up the paint on all the tree stands and ladders before putting away.

The camouflage hunting clothes will be washed in baking soda and checked for tears or holes and any new camo needs noted on my list to purchase for next season, then all camo hung and stored away in the basement closet.

As I look back over my notes from this past season, I saw that we passed up only, two different yearling bucks very early in the bow season. This year we didn't have many deer coming to the Food Plots we made.  I don’t really know why. Here in SE Wisconsin the hunting pressure is extreme, especially during the gun deer season. I think the DNR overestimates the number of deer. I talked to many hunters from all over the state and everyone I talked to said the same thing; “There aren’t many deer around".  The farm we hunt had soybeans in the field surrounding the woods this year the same as two years ago.

We set a ladder stand on a fence line overlooking the field and the woods. In August of 2004 I watched 23 different deer from that tree stand and took a nice two year old buck the second day of the bow season. In 2006, I did not see one deer from that same ladder stand in August. We only saw two different bucks and a doe and two fawns during the bow season. I did not fill my tag.

We did draw Iowa deer tags this year which saved our season. We made our first trip down there on October 6th.  I did manage to fill my antlerless tag that weekend.

 In the first week of November I had to travel overseas for work, but my two partners made the trip to Iowa without me.  They had good success; John saw quite a few P&Y bucks but fail to bring one home. Randy Platz, AWH Co-Owner did everything right and took his first P&Y buck. We were all happy for him. Finally all the planning and work paid off. (See the above picture). I joined John and Randy for the last few days of the hunt and I had my chance to fill my tag on a real nice buck, but he was smarter then I and he ducked my arrow. Randy did get the whole scene on video so I can relive the moment over and over again. My only hope is to meet up with him next fall. We will apply for tags again in May and pray that we draw tags again.

Now that the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season is over, we will thank the land owners and offer venison sausage and other goodies for their generosity in letting us hunt on their land. And hope they will do so again next fall.

Keep checking www.advanced-whitetail-hunting.com for updates on hunting permit deadlines, new equipment and new info for your upcoming Food Plots and Mineral Licks. Also, send me any pictures of you or your buddies’ deer and tell me how your season turned out.

Enjoy the winter,

dale@advanced-whitetail-hunting.com

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