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Old 10-10-2020, 02:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well...I'm in a situation we've all encountered. Very early in season (or in preseason) we get a pic or other confirmation that a BIG buck is in one of the areas we hunt.

What to do?

I hunt public lands, and over the years I've found many spots I like to hunt. Normally, I rotate these spots according to time of year, weather, wind, pressure, food sources, etc. Every few years I'm tempted to abandon that approach and focus on ONE area after learning a big buck is spending most of his time in that place.

In the past focusing on a single deer has produced mixed results. No doubt it tends to result in getting fewer opportunites - and fewer deer in the freezer - but at least twice I did get my target. One season when I hunted one buck I sort of "gave away" another spot to a buddy, since I wouldn't be hunting that spot, and he wound up killing a big 10 pt I didnt even know existed! lol

Do y'all get obsessed with a single deer or keep hunting normally?
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Old 10-10-2020, 11:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I did one year and that was the most miserable season of my life. I swore I'd never do it again. If you decide to do it, commit to being very disciplined regarding wind direction and hunt him every day when conditions dictate. The one day my deer showed up well before dark with perfect conditions, I was conned into going Christmas shopping with my wife. I hope to forgive her for that one day.
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Old 10-11-2020, 05:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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No...though I probably should.

One year I had two good bucks on my property about 10 minutes from my house. One was about 125...the other maybe 135. Rather than hunt there; I was having a good year at my Big Black hunting club and never went to where the two good bucks were but a couple of times that season.

I look back and often wonder why I didn't change up my routine. I'm retired now so I have unlimited time to hunt; but back then I was a 'weekender' and I didn't want to give up what I knew....for what I didn't.
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Old 10-11-2020, 10:14 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I spent a couple seasons hunting a specific buck...that I never killed. Did see him twice though. Once was walking out on a full moon and he crossed the road I walk in on about 1/4 mile from my stand. lit up by the moon, could have smoked him lol....the next time I saw him I got into my stand one morning after a long 1 mile or more walk. and a young 4 point came up right as I stepped on my platform. I had a good wind, but I reckon he heard some commotion in the leaves as I approached. He walked all around , and stomped for a bit but finally left. I stood there frozen the entire time, it was a well hidden stand. when he left I looked up, and I saw the rack of a the buck id been hunting through the thick timber and he was with a doe, he turned her away from me and escorted her back into thicker darker timber. I never saw that deer again. I never got a picture of him the next year until after the season, though I hunted him believing he was alive...which he was. The deer was special to me because I had passed him as a young 2 year old nine, and got to watch and hunt him until he was 6. To my knowledge he was never killed. He was wounded once on a neighboring property. It was actually the night before the last time I saw. I still hunt stands and areas where I have good bucks on camera but on public I don't particularly hunt a specific deer. Its miserable having no success but the chase is fun even if its unsucessfull. Ive only killed a deer that I hunted all season once. I have however killed target bucks before that I knew existed but generally it was on the first time in type situation.
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Old 10-11-2020, 10:37 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I hunted one particular buck that I only got 2 daylight pics of in 3 years. He was a big typical 10 until the 3rd year where his right side exploded. Someone ended up killing him a mile up the road....grossed 169”.

And I cried....
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Old 10-11-2020, 08:09 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Great input so far.

For me, the biggest challenge to hunting one deer is OVER hunting. As JBird22 pointed out, you've got to be very disciplined, because focusing on one deer definitely increases the chances of burning the spot out and not only changing the buck's habits but even running him off! In general, mature bucks emphasize solitude/safety over all things. So simply being in the area more than a couple times dramatically increases the odds that the old guy will get fed up and move.

The buck I'm referring to lives in a remote spot that's very difficult to get to. I know my best chance of getting him is to go into this spot when conditions are perfect, and like dzsmith mentions, odds are best on the first 1-2 sits. After that everything can change. Also, my chances are BY FAR the best during archery season. Come rifle season, not to mention when the duck hunters converge on these watery places, it's just a crap shoot.
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Old 10-12-2020, 09:53 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm almost scared to hunt a particular deer I have pictures of for fear of spooking him, when I finally get up enough nerve to hunt him " when I feel conditions are optimal, I never see him or really much at all on those sits
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Old 10-12-2020, 07:37 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I had a 135” 10 pt on camera before the season last year. He hadn’t shown up on our cameras in a while. I hunted him one morning in December with no luck. Walking out, I happened to look into the CRP and see his rack. He’d been dead a good while. None of us had shot him and he was a good ways from neighbors.
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Old 10-14-2020, 03:06 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I find hunting public land there are too many variables that effect deer movement. Since public land bucks rely a lot on sense of smell to survive you have to ask yourself are you compromising your hunting spot by continually laying down human scent. I prefer the "stick and move" method by hunting different locations with all of them considered to be in the home range or same patch of woods where you think that deer spends the majority of his time.
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Old 10-15-2020, 08:49 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I don’t. Partly because I have never gotten a picture of the “one” and partly because I like looking at different scenery. I would get board going after the same one every time I went in the woods.
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