Generally speaking many states deer seasons end by later November. But if you live in area that offers a late season black powder hunt, the game is still very much on. Depending on weather and conditions, late season hunts can often be more productive than earlier general seasons. Here are a few tips to help you find big bucks during a late season muzzle loader hunts.
1. Hunt different areas adjacent to or nearby where you saw bucks during the general season. By late season habitat and feed for whitetails is changing. Gone are the easy meals forcing deer to move to other locations to satisfy their needs. That doesn't necessarily mean that big buck you saw has hit the road and is now seven miles from where you last saw him. But it is very possible that he's traveling farther distances to feed. Find those areas of good late season food sources and you'll likely find your buck again.
2. Hunt areas that offer more cover. As the foliage disappears, especially brush and low cover, deer become more wary and will start to spend more time in areas that offer better cover.
3. Don't stop hunting does. Generally speaking, does that don't get bred during November come into estrus twenty-eight days later. This second rut can often be just as productive as the earlier prime rut. Don't be afraid to sit on does for a while since that big buck could be close and just about ready to get up and show himself. Additionally, keep in mind doe talking and rattling are still effective tactics during the second rut as well.
By keeping these three main tips in mind when hunting the late season with a muzzle you might just get a shot at that buck you only saw once during the general season.
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