20 Deer Hunting Lies Your Granddaddy Told You

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When Josh Honeycutt alerted me to this deer hunting post, I was immediately taken back.  What??? My sacred grandfather tell a lie?  No way!  After calming down a bit, I began reading the post and found it to be one of the most informative I’ve found, primarily because it’s based on science.

Whitetail Hunting Data

Estrous does aren’t always bred by dominant bucks.

Honeycutt was on the mark about false information.  Some might even go so far as to say it’s “Fake News.”  Beliefs such as, “once a spike, always a spike” were common understandings when I began hunting many years ago.  Along the way, I learned that wasn’t necessarily true and adapted my hunting style accordingly.

Big Rubs mean Big Deer

I killed the biggest buck of my life last fall just a few feet from a 5-inch diameter rub.  Over the years, I’ve begun to believe that smaller buck rub smaller trees while older bucks rub larger trees.  As you will read, Honeycutt will use research to dispute a portion of this theory.

Tune Up Your Game

Whitetail season is still months away, yet it’s always a good time to learn new things.  I’ll wager that you won’t agree with some of the statement in this post, but research helps to support those theories and may change your thinking.  Check them out:

Deer hunting is a whirlpool of beliefs, theories, facts and fallacies. Some ideas are right. Some are wrong. And others fall somewhere in-between.  Now, I’m not saying your granddaddy ain’t a good deer hunter. Chances are he’s killed more deer with his open-sighted, lever-action Marlin 30-30 than all the local youngins hollerin’ “Smoked him,” “Pole-waxed that joker,” or my personal (least) favorite, “Just gave that ol’ slob a dirt nap” combined. But our past (and current) generations of deer hunters are somewhat responsible for a number of myths that deer hunters still believe today.

https://www.realtree.com/brow-tines-and-backstrap/20-deer-hunting-lies-your-granddaddy-told-you

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Joe Byers
Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.

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