5 Early-Season Tips for Bowhunting Blacktails
By: Scott Haugen
Bagging early season archery blacktails is one of North America's most challenging hunts
I was watching the blacktail buck. He slithered into his bed at the first glimpse of daylight, just as he had done the previous two mornings.
He was below some rim rock overlooking an open draw and opposing hillside. There was only one place from where I could get a shot at the buck, and there was no way of reaching it that day unless the wind changed.
On day four, the wind switched in my favor. I hiked a mile and a half to my glassing spot, confident today would be the day, but when I looked through my spotting scope, the big buck was nowhere to be seen.
I glassed all morning but never saw that buck again. When the wind changed direction, the buck apparently sought another, more protected, bedding area.
Filling an early season archery blacktail tag is one of North America’s most challenging hunts. Blacktails have incredible eyesight and acute hearing that can detect the slightest of sounds. Their nose is said to be up to 1,000 times more powerful than ours. With so many strikes against us, what can we do to increase the odds of putting some great-eating, early season venison on the table? Here are five steps that have helped me take black-tailed deer over my 42 years of hunting them.
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