As hunters are the strangers in an environment where whitetails blackbucks reign, it is absolutely important to know the strategies that will make a hunter more familiar with how a deer behaves as well as the factors that influence changes on their behavior.
There are times when a whitetail or a blackbuck disappear and becomes invisible even in areas that hunters usually consider as hot spots. This is not a good sign for a blackbuck hunting enthusiast but the good news is there are strategies that can help counter these changes in deer behavior to heat up a cold spot!
When whitetails suddenly go undercover, hunters are up for a greater challenge. But with some tried and proven strategies, hunters can also be flexible enough and adjust to changes on deer behavior to counteract their reactions.
Countering Deer Reactions to Certain Factors
Factor #1: Changing Weather:
Weather constantly changes and unsettled weather conditions can make whitetails vanish! Though you may think that they have abandoned the area that used to be a hot spot, you should know that they are actually just sitting tight and most probably on a safe and dry spot to stay safe even with the bad weather.
What hunters can do is to set up on lanes where whitetails travel and lead from food sources to their bedding grounds. This way, a whitetail hunter will have better shooting opportunities.
Factor #2: Food Scarcity:
Whitetails are usually focused on survival and this is the reason why most of the time, their main concern is food. When food becomes scarce, whitetails also disappear. This reaction gives hunters the sign to implement new strategies in order to relocate the deer and keep it in sight.
Finding the food source is very important to locate a deer. To make this task simpler, a hunter should know where the preferred food sources are located. This means finding food sources such as oak trees, orchards, clover or alfalfa fields that can help you get back on your pace. If in case, you failed in these areas, just try to look on other food sources and be flexible.
Another way to find food sources is to look for family units because usually this means that a buck is just within the area. Hunters should also be aware that does tend to assemble in area that can support their nutritional and biological needs particularly to ensure that they will have healthy pregnancies and be able to feed their young as well.
There are also signs that will tell hunters if they are on a deer feeding area or not. Finding tracks, fresh droppings, ripe acorns and acorn tips are positive signs of a deer feeding ground. It will also be a smarter choice if you will choose a travel lane that shows signs of heavy use.
Factor #3: Pressured Hunting Areas
Invasion of man has also created pressure areas and whitetails and blackbucks have no better choice than to adapt to this invasion. Deer that sense pressure in their areas tend to become nocturnal and choose to feed and move in darkness. They also tend to be in areas where thick, dense pockets are available so they can feed without attracting unwanted attention from hunters.
Blackbuck hunting can be effectively done by locating their core areas or better known as their bedding areas. Bedding areas are the heart of their territory. These are the areas where they stay whenever they feel threatened. Once located, hunters can set up the hunt. It is best to hunt on these areas during the early hours of the morning or during the late hours of the night for an increased chance of success.
During the times when hunting doesn’t seem to create favorable results, flexibility plays a crucial role to make it successful. Whitetail and blackbuck hunting becomes more challenging because of the adjustments on deer behavior but with the right strategies in place, you can be very effective in pursuing your game hunts.