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How to Hunt Deer – the Most-Productive Hunt Plan

Day 1: How Technology Has Made Taking a Buck Deer Easier than Ever

Editor’s Note: Thanks to new developments in photography and GPS navigation, you’ll find taking a trophy buck easier than ever. You can learn where that buck lives, and where, when and why he travels. With that information, you can select a tree-stand site along the route the buck takes and bag him. Although in the past, hunters spent hundreds of hours to gather that kind of information, that’s no longer the case. Thanks to the motion-sensor cameras, a hunter can scout thousands of acres of land by day and by night and quickly gain a tremendous amount of knowledge about the deer on his property. These facts will allow the hunter to put together the best game plan to bag a trophy buck. Let’s look at the information motion-sensor cameras will provide for you, and what that data tells you.

What the Camera Will Teach You:

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewBy putting a motion-sensor camera near a feeder or a trail leading to a green field, you swiftly can:

* determine your buck-to-doe ratio;
* learn the size and the quality of bucks on your property;
* see what kinds of deer come to any feeders you may have and what time they leave your green fields; and
* measure the effects of hunting pressure on the green field or the feeder by noting what time bucks show-up during hunting season.

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewBy moving away from the green field and/or the feeder and setting-up motion-sensor cameras on several trails near bedding and feeding areas, you’ll:

* learn what time the bucks leave their bedding regions to move to their feeding areas and when they return;
* get a good idea of a buck’s home range;
* photograph poachers on your property;
* learn what bucks remain on your property after gun deer season;
* see in the spring of the year whether most does birth one or two fawns, knowledge that can help you determine the health of the herd;
* document the antler development of certain bucks before you take them; and
* determine if you have some trophy bucks on your property that you’ll likely never take.

To learn more about hunting deer, get John E. Phillips’ new eBooks How to Hunt Deer like a Pro,” “PhD Whitetails,” “How to Hunt Deer Up Close: With Bows, Rifles, Muzzleloaders and Crossbows” and “Deer and Fixings.” Go to, type in the names of the books and download them to your Kindle, and/or download a Kindle app for your iPad, SmartPhone or computer.

About the Author

John Phillips, winner of the 2012 Homer Circle Fishing Award for outstanding fishing writer by the American Sportfishing Association (AMA) and the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA), the 2008 Crossbow Communicator of the year and the 2007 Legendary Communicator chosen for induction into the National Fresh Water Hall of Fame, is a freelance writer (over 6,000 magazine articles for about 100 magazines and several thousand newspaper columns published), magazine editor, photographer for print media as well as industry catalogues (over 25,000 photos published), lecturer, outdoor consultant, marketing consultant, book author and daily internet content provider with an overview of the outdoors. Click here for more information and a list of all the books available from John E. Phillips.

Tomorrow: What About Bucks You Can’t Take and When to Start Hunting Deer

Check back each day this week for more about "How to Hunt Deer – the Most-Productive Hunt Plan"

Day 1: How Technology Has Made Taking a Buck Deer Easier than Ever
Day 2: What About Bucks You Can’t Take and When to Start Hunting Deer
Day 3: Gathering Sheds, Keeping Detailed Records to Take More Deer and Setting-Up Trail Cameras
Day 4: Move Trail Cameras to Buck’s Core Areas to Learn More about Deer
Day 5: How to Best Plan Your Deer Hunt

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Entry 693, Day 1