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Preparation Will Help You Get Your Buck Deer

Day 1: You Can Take a Buck This Deer Season with Outdoor Writer John E. Phillips

Editor’s Note: You can do plenty to stack the odds in your favor, if you start planning now for a successful deer hunt. The sooner you can get that buck in your sights, the better.

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger View“I believe I’ll have my buck by no later than 9:30 am,” Fred told us as we sat around the clubhouse discussing deer season. “This deer is not a monster-sized buck, but he’s a fine, fat 6 point. I’m not going to bother to eat breakfast with you fellows in the morning, because after I bag my buck, I’ll bring him in, field dress him, grab a bite to eat and take a nap. Then I’ll get up, and about 4:00 pm, I certainly will appreciate some of you fellows helping me skin and cut-up the deer for the freezer.”

With that statement, Fred immediately had to defend himself against the scoffers who said things like . . .

* “You’re not even going to see a deer – much less kill one.”
* “You kill him - if you’re lucky - and I’ll clean him.”
* “Anyone who believes what Fred’s said, just come and see me, because I’ve got a really good piece of swamp land to sell you that will be an industrial park one day.”

After we finished laughing at Fred and his boasting, we went to bed and waited on the dawn. However, on the following day, the joke was on us. As predicted, Fred took a nice 6 point and was back at the clubhouse by 10:00 am. And, Fred reminded us of what Dizzy Dean once said. “If you done it – it ain’t bragging.”

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewThere is a certain group of hunters who annually will take deer during the first days of the season – usually within the first hour or two. During bow season, that bagged deer may be a doe. And even when gun season comes in, these same sportsmen generally will have their bucks on the ground by 10:00 am. Envious hunters will say, “You know, Bill is just lucky. Seems like every year he goes out and gets his deer before everybody else does. He’s got to be the luckiest hunter I have ever known.” These hunters seldom realize that luck never enters the picture. Bill, or whatever his name is, has studied, researched and observed deer and spent days in the woods before hunting deer. I began to wonder how successful hunters manage to take deer consistently every year. So, I researched what made early-season deer hunters good and the rest of us either average or lucky.

To learn more about deer hunting, you can get John E. Phillips’ Kindle eBooks, “How to Hunt and Take Big Buck Deer on Small Properties,” (John’s latest book), "How to Hunt Deer Up Close: With Bows, Rifles, Muzzleloaders and Crossbows,” “PhD Whitetails: How to Hunt and Take the Smartest Deer on Any Property,” “How to Take Monster Bucks,” and “How to Hunt Deer Like a Pro,” or to prepare venison, get “Deer & Fixings.” Click here on each, or go to, type in the name of the book, and download it to your Kindle, and/or download a Kindle app for your iPad, SmartPhone or computer.



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About the Author

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.

Tomorrow: The Woods Sitters Watch for Deer Before the Season Begins with Outdoor Writer John E. Phillips

Check back each day this week for more about Preparation Will Help You Get Your Buck Deer"

Day 1: You Can Take a Buck This Deer Season with Outdoor Writer John E. Phillips
Day 2: The Woods Sitters Watch for Deer Before the Season Begins with Outdoor Writer John E. Phillips
Day 3: The Bottleneck Hunter Gets His Deer with Dr. Robert Sheppard
Day 4: The Field Hunter Gets His Buck Too with Ronnie Groom
Day 5: The Nut Hunter and the Also Scouter Bag Their Buck Deer Each Season with Outdoor Writer John E. Phillips

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