Track Down That Nocturnal Buck

We all have asked ourselves this question before, what the heck happened to that nice buck I saw last week, last month or even glassing during the summer. Some possible answers to this question could be the buck was harvested, hit by a car or lost a battle with another buck.

But, if the answers above can be ruled out than most believe he has gone nocturnal.  Many hunters at this point just give up.  But, has the buck really gone nocturnal?

What to look for when you think a buck has gone nocturnal.

  •     Bucks tend to bed down longer when they break from the bachelor groups.
  •     Different food sources become available.  A buck could be feeding in a crop field and when the acorns start to fall he relocates to that particular food source.
  •     Bucks may move their bedding areas further away or a few yards from their food source.
  •     Look for new scrapes and rubs near an area you believe he may be bedding.
  •     Check old scrapes and rubs from previous seasons.
  •     When all else fails try to pinpoint a known bedding area and set-up as close as possible.  Chose a windy day to reduce detection.

Give these tips a try and you just might score a buck once considered nocturnal.T

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