By Brandon Wikman
Wisconsin hunters had the chance to scale their trees and get back up into the big buck rhythm this weekend as 2011 archery season ignited across the Midwest. The food plots are planted, Moultrie cameras are capturing images, and now the game begins.
The early season brings a slightly different meaning to the hunting public and whitetail alike. Many big buck hunters wait until the rut before venturing into the woods as deer are in chase mode seeking love. However, many strike luck during the late October time period, there are several lethal arrows that are stained with success during the first few weekends of the season.
There are many different hunting strategies that often work quite well during September. Hunting over water is a great example. For instance, whitetail deer quench their thirst by any means necessary. On average, deer will dunk their nose into a fresh moving stream, sizeable pond, or small ditch. H20 is one of the most essential elements for life to exist on planet Earth. Both humans and animals alike, fully depend on water to survive. Water plays an incredibly vital role in the health, growth, and survivability of a whitetail.
Any farmer who has been around long enough will tell you that whitetail are consuming soybeans, right now! This is a very brief time frame to cease. No food source is better at this particular time than soybeans. Once soybeans begin to ripen within a few weeks, acorns will substitute the whitetails craving.
I have placed two stand setups along a soybean field. I’ve strapped a stand in each corner of the field, which is where I’ve observed most deer activity. I hope to find one of the bucks I have on camera below me this week.
You may want to speak with your local farmers and see if they have any recommendations for you as they are the one’s in the field during the summer and fall. With a little hard work and preparation, you will find yourself hopefully on a blood trail this fall!