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Hays believes the key to a killer stand location is finding a sudden turn along a buck's travel route where you can set up an ambush downwind of the trail. (Photo courtesy of BowhuntingMag.com)
Hays believes the key to a killer stand location is finding a sudden turn along a buck's travel route where you can set up an ambush downwind of the trail. (Photo courtesy of BowhuntingMag.com)

Adam Hays has an impressive buck hunting track record, and it doesn't have to do with luck

Do you really think you’re an effective predator? As a wildlife biologist, I’ve studied the calculated stalking and ambushing methods of effective predators such as wolves, bears and mountain lions. Let’s face it; they know how to find their prey in compromising situations. For this column, I decided to interview one modern-day, mountain lion-like bowhunter and dig deep inside his systematic – and grossly successful – approach to patterning and ambushing mature, high-scoring bucks.

Adam Hays is one of the first guys I think of when it comes to a bow-toting whitetail predator. Hays, an Ohio native and co-owner of the MoonGuide and Team 200, has killed 36 Pope and Young bucks and 10 Boone and Crockett-caliber bucks with his bow, including four that grossed more than 200 inches! To kill even one buck of this caliber is a lifetime highlight. To kill four proves Hays’ approach is far more effective than the average bowhunter’s.

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