Whitetail 101 S1 E17, “Setting The Table” | Setups for Late Season Hunting


Setups for Late Season Hunting


On this episode of whitetail 101, Bill Winke discusses setups for late season hunting in further detail from last week’s episode. In last week’s episode, Bill discussed late season hunting out of blinds. Bill dived a bit into why he like the use of blinds in the late season and how he goes about setting up for the hunt.

In this episode, bill discusses what he looks for and some considerations you need to take as the cold temperature arrives. With colder temperatures in the forecast deer will finally feel the urge to feed. This urge will break their nocturnal habits and force them out into the food sources during daylight.

Food Sources

Bill discusses which food sources he likes to concentrate on, mentioning not only which type of food source but which fields set up the best. Bill looks ideally for high carbohydrate grain type of food source. This usually is available in standing corn and beans. Something lush and green such as brassicas has the power to pull deer as well.

Small locations work well in the late season. Smaller food sources such as a 1 or 2-acre brassica field are ideal to pattern and harvest a mature hit list buck, especially with a bow. The problem lies with setting up those food sources, as deer tend to hit them hard and wipe them out due to the size.

Late Season Hunting Strategy

As before Bill discussed hunting out of blinds, but there is another opportunity available with hunting out of tree stands. If you are hunting a very large food source there is the possibility that you locate a buck with a pattern on a particular run. There is the chance that you can get lucky enough to hang a stand considering wind direction, and catch a buck that first sit. There is also the chance that you bust the buck and the season is a bust.

As the weeks continue, and the cold weather settles in, make it a point to analyze and consider the points bill touched on regarding setups for late season hunting. For more deer hunting videos and weekly hunting, web shows like this visit Muddy TV. Also be sure to check in every week for new hunting tips, tactics, and strategies at Muddy’s Blog.


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