First off, I would like to thank everyone for reading our new Behind The Hunt Blog. Be sure to comment below and let us know what you think. Second, as summer has just begun, that means its internship season. At least for us college kids! Brody and I are keeping busy this summer with internships, but that doesn't mean we can't find time to get our whitetail fix. We are actively preparing for the upcoming fall by looking at aerial and topographic maps of our public land hunting spots and constantly trying to learn as much as we can about hunting whitetail deer. We are also excited about our upcoming short films. Stay tuned for more information on release dates for our first short film. As the summer continues and fall inches closer we will continue to help educate whitetail hunters through our informative articles and updates from the field. I encourage you to read our past articles and take a look at this article that Brody wrote, that details how to get more from what you read about whitetail hunting. Enjoy!
Hunters are continuously bombarded with new strategies and tactics to help them be successful. Heck, that is what this whole blog is about. I found myself reading similar articles and trying to memorize every strategy that I came across. I soon realized that I was having a hard time implementing these strategies into my hunting. I had read the articles and watched the videos on where to hang stands, how to use thermals, and which food sources were most effective, yet when I reached the woods I couldn’t make these new strategies work. Why was I having such a hard time? I think it was because I wasn’t understanding the “why” behind the tactic.
I was getting caught up in the excitement of the new strategy and wasn’t fully understanding the tactic. I saw what I needed to do and didn’t look any farther into the details behind the tactic. It is kind of similar to what your high school math teacher might have told you. They weren’t concerned about if you got the right answer or not, just about if you did the work right and understood the process. Because math builds on itself, you need to understand the process. Hunting isn’t much different. The strategies and tactics build off each other and if you don’t fully understand the “why” you can’t implement it correctly.
Too often we get the strategy and not the “why” behind what makes it successful. This can leave us lost when we get into the woods and the circumstances change. If your situation is the same as the one you saw in the article you will be able to implement it. But it is when that situation is different that the “why” becomes important. The strategy can still be used, but it will have to be tweaked. If you understand the “why” the changes can be made easily. It is one thing to know that certain food sources are better in the early season or that setting a stand in between doe bedding areas is a good idea during the rut. But it is more important to understand why those strategies work so that you can apply them where you hunt.
So when you watch hunting videos or read new articles I challenge you to understand the “why” behind the tactic or strategy. This will help you become a better and smarter hunter and allow you to make the next move on that big buck more effective.