Deer Hunting Tactics: Make the Most of Your Next Drive

Determined to tag a mature buck on your next push? Follow these five tips

Five to Drive

Photo by John Hafner

1. Drive in reverse. When you're hunting a draw or a finger of woods that juts out from the main cover, try driving into the wind. That is, slowly still-hunt toward the narrow end of the draw or finger as another hunter or two post downwind, just inside the main cover, to catch bucks slipping out
the back door.

2. Find natural blockers. Take advantage of any natural features that block bucks from fleeing in a given direction, thus helping steer them toward your posters. A deep river, rock face, or ravine are good examples.

3. Post blockers early. Sensing distant noise or movement, ­heavily hunted deer sometimes realize something is up and sneak out before the drive even begins. Avoid this by positioning posters extra early—before drivers even start to line up for the push.

4. Watch the weather. When it's snowing sideways, raining buckets, brutally cold, or unusually hot, bucks tend to hole up in thickets, making drives especially productive.

5. Yell. Finally, if a driven buck comes tearing past you too fast for a good shot, try yelling, "Hey buck!" You've got nothing to lose. He's either going to run out of your life forever, or, if you're lucky, he may pause to look or at least slow down, offering a better shot.