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Tips for Hunting and Tagging Heavily-Pressured Bucks

Nick Mundt tagged this nice South Dakota buck on Dakota Hunting Company land with his Tikka. (Photo courtesy of Nick Mundt)
Nick Mundt tagged this nice South Dakota buck on Dakota Hunting Company land with his Tikka. (Photo courtesy of Nick Mundt)

With the end of deer season around the corner, take heed to these late-season strategies to bag educated white-tailed bucks

For most parts of the country, white-tailed deer season lasts three to four months. Through the long season, many dedicated whitetail hunters continue to hammer the woods until their tag is filled or the sun sets on the last day of the season.

As the season progresses, there are many factors working against hunters to fill tags. First, deer are being taken out by other hunters, so there are less to harvest. Though that statement is true, regardless if hunting on public or private land, this should be the least of hunters’ concerns.

The real challenge stems from all the hunters – successful and unsuccessful – putting an extreme amount of pressure on deer herds. This creates a seemingly uphill battle for any deer hunter trying to outwit a seasoned buck that has been educated from a few close calls.

Late in the season, the region plays a huge factor in strategy to harvest a buck. For instance, in the Deep South, the month of December yields the best hunting days. With the rut starting to ramp up, states like Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas will have some great hunting opportunities during the last month of the year.

In regions to the north, even though pressure has been high from past months, it will benefit hunters to hang close to food sources.

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