Start baiting. Heavy
This will be my second year hunting winter bow and my first with out bait. Anyone have any tips? And will they still be looking for acorns in January?
Dress warm and look close before shooting a doe
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Get high, play the wind and hunt the food sources. Baiting works really well in the winter.
food sources and evening hunts. watch the wind and put yourself between thier bedding and food source. forget the mornings as most deer are bedded before light and move very little until the last hour of daylight.
Heavy cover and food. If you find the two close together start there. Deer will travel less in the winter to coserve energy. Plus they will tend to herd up. Allot of the areas that held deer in the fall will be void of deer now. Good luck
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pray for snow , then bait bait bait.......
When that first snow comes, even light, get out there and study the tracks, where they are coming from and going. I love the snow.
If it gets real cold make sure your warm and you may want to adjust your draw weight 5+ lbs down. I had an embarassing hunt last year, I was freezing, had does in easy shot and dammit! I could not for the life of me draw back my bow to the valley! Close but no matter what I did I could not do it! I heard tales of this, and I tell you its true! The darn does were looking at me, didn't even run, they laughed at me and walked away. I have a wittness here on NJH of that day. He was not far away and saw the whole thing, just shook his head.
I pull 65lb easy all year, but when it gets cold this year I will drop that down to 55 and re-sight my bow.
Love the cold! Separate the men from the boys!
Clear your mind, breath, be sure and confident of your shot, commit to the shot, take your shot.
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Practice shooting with your winter clothes you plan to hunt with.
Even in the bait free section the advice is to bait....Bait FreeYes they will. They may or not be around depending on the area and how good the crop was.will they still be looking for acorns in January?
Hunt the south facing slopes, pm hunts are typically better than AM, hunt the thickets- the heavier the better, briars are a food source too for them.
If the weather is bad hunt the edges of the thick pines if you have them- again the south facing side is usually better.
Play the wind as after being pushed around by the gunners they are typically spookier. As already said, getting higher is better this time of year. They also tend to stay on more specific paths and patterns in the winter so once you figure it out you'll be golden.
Scouting after the end of a fresh snowfall is also a good idea.