If you get a single trail camera picture of a big buck, should you put up a stand in that location, or further investigate to learn the deer’s movements? Early-season bucks are often nocturnal, and their travel patterns have long been a mystery. This scientific study placed tracking devices on bucks in early season and shows graphically where and how far they move. You’ll be fascinated by this data-driven approach, which can help you score on that big buck you’ve been targeting.


You hear it all the time: A hunter gets a bunch of trail-camera photos of a buck early in the season and then, poof, the deer pulls a Houdini and disappears for the rest of the season. How nice would it be to track his movements and know exactly where he went? Well, that’s what I was able to do with 37 bucks at Brosnan Forest, a 6,400-acre study site in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. My graduate research at Auburn University focused on buck movements in relation to breeding strategies and hunting pressure, but I’d like to share a few examples of buck behavior that could help you understand those early season vanishing tricks… [continued]

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