Pressure Making Bucks Elusive

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Human pressure makes deer hunting challenging and the bucks become elusive.

The pressure of a lot of hunters in the woods and guns going off makes bucks elusive.

Bucks Elusive

Have you ever noticed the later it is in the season the less big buck sightings there are. It’s because the big boys are smart and know not to be out roaming around during daylight hours because they have heard, smelled and even encountered the hunters invading the woods during gun season and it makes the bucks elusive. The smart old bucks have been through this all before and a lot of them will become nocturnal. You must change your strategies if you want to score on a late season trophy buck.

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, mine was great. Although I gained a few pounds, we had some delicious food and got to spend time with the family. We slept in this morning and then I decided to go deer hunting. I had to stop by the taxidermist and drop off my Illinois bow kill. I am so pumped that I finally harvested a mature whitetail with a bow. I’ve got the fever for archery now. Today I took my bow, gun and video camera with me, if any big bucks came within bow range I was going to sling an arrow, and I was going to try to film it all as it unfolded. But there was only one problem, I left my arrows at home, oh well, it happens. At least I brought my gun, with bullets. 


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The big bucks were rutting in Illinois.

Sometimes when I go deer hunting, I stop by the taxidermist and checkout all of the big bucks. DD’s Taxidermy in Mansfield Georgia does a great job. He has had some real studs brought in this year. I can’t wait to see the mount once he finishes it. I think I am going to get him mounted in a semi-sneak pose looking left. It should be awesome! I am already looking forward to going back bow hunting in Illinois. 

Evening Hunt

I arrived at  camp around 1:00 pm and decided on a good place to set up where the wind was right and an area known for big bucks. It is a strip of hardwoods and pine mix that has a huge food plot beside it, there is a big bedding area near that is real thick. Once I got in the stand around 1:45 I saw a huge black headed reddish brown fox squirrel. He got on a nearby limb and was giving me a earful of what he thought about me. I told him I would be back during squirrel season to see if he felt the same way then. Just seeing that big beautiful fox squirrel made my day. I think they are gorgeous with the different colors.


About 3:30 I saw movement in the food plot about 150 yards away. four whitetails made there way into the food plot, two fawns, a mature doe, and a young three pointer. I got some great footage with my video camera of them. If only I could get my camcorder to download videos I could share them with you. I should have taken some pictures of them to put on here. The next time I go deer hunting I plan on doing that. I watched whitetails all afternoon saw a beautiful fox squirrel and got to breath some fresh air and listen to all the sounds of nature going on all around me. Although the pressure seems to be making the big boys elusive, man I have a lot to be thankful for.


2 thoughts on “Pressure Making Bucks Elusive”

  1. You really have a nice deerstand with a great view. Coming by to wish you GOODHUNTING! Congrats on your IL Buck!

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