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Use Swamp Fox Tactics to Bowhunt Wetland Buck Deer with Will Primos and Mark Drury

Day 1: The Techniques of the Swamp Fox During the Revolutionary War Will Help You Take Buck Deer

Editor’s Note: The Swamp Fox of the Revolutionary War appeared, attacked and evaporated like a ghost without leaving a trace. No one knew when or where he would strike again. He became the most-feared guerilla fighter of his time. He lived in the wetlands and swamps, and no one knew these regions better than him. To take bigger, older trophy bucks, you have to go where others won't, at a time when others won't hunt, use tactics others don't know and practice the cunning and stealth of the Swamp Fox, Francis Marion of Georgetown, South Carolina. Here's what you can learn from this Revolutionary War hero and his fight for freedom that will enable you to take more and bigger deer along the flood plains of major river systems throughout the country.

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewFrancis Marion lived his life as a peaceful South Carolinian farmer until 1761 when he took up arms and fought the Cherokee Indians who raided farms and massacred settlers near his home. Studying the Indians' tactics of surprise, terrorize and then retreat into the nearby swamps and the wetlands, Marion also learned that traveling in water left little human evidence, no trails to follow, no campsites to investigate and no noise to hear.

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewDuring the Revolutionary War that started in 1776, Marion captained a regiment and fought the men aboard the 50 British war ships that landed in South Carolina. He successfully employed the Indians' strike-and-retreat methods against the British to bring freedom to this new nation. He became the Swamp Fox as he led what became known as Marion's Brigade, 150 tattered, penniless patriots who received no pay, food or ammunition from the Colonial Army. After Charleston surrendered to the British, Marion's Brigade set up camp on a small island fortress deep in a swamp and made hit-and-run attacks along the region's rivers. The Brigade fought fiercely and quickly, cutting off British supply lines, outrunning Sir Bannister Tarleton's dragoons and raiding Georgetown before escaping into the swamps. In those days, armies marched in formation down roads to open battlefields and shot at each other from point-blank range. In the water, Marion's Brigade left no trail or trace of where they'd come from, where they went, or where they lived. You can utilize these same tactics to take elusive whitetails.

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Tomorrow: Know the Advantages of Hunting Deer in Water

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John Phillips, winner of the 2012 Homer Circle Fishing Award for outstanding fishing writer by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) 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.

Day 2: Know the Advantages of Hunting Deer in Water

Check back each day this week for more about "Use Swamp Fox Tactics to Bowhunt Wetland Buck Deer with Will Primos and Mark Drury"

Day 1: The Techniques of the Swamp Fox During the Revolutionary War Will Help You Take Buck Deer
Day 2: Know the Advantages of Hunting Deer in Water
Day 3: Learn Water Tactics to Take More Deer with Will Primos and Mark Drury
Day 4: Hunt the High Spots above the Water Line and Scrapes in Water to Take More Deer
Day 5: How to Choose Your Equipment for Hunting Water Deer

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