Buckmasters Tip of the Week: On the Right Track

by Justin on March 6, 2008

Tip of the Week: On the Right Track

As simple as it sounds, every deer hunter should study whitetail tracks. In fact, it’s good to learn to identify all the tracks you see in the woods, from turkeys to bears. It makes the time you spend in the woods more interesting.

It happens all too often — we want to hunt a particular area so badly that we falsely believe we can overcome the weaknesses of the possible setups and shrug off the little voice that tells us we’re going to get “busted” if we hunt there.

You can’t always tell a buck track from a doe track, but there are clues. If the track has a lot of depth to it and it’s not spread out like the deer’s been running, there’s a good chance it’s a pretty big buck.

Bucks tend to drag their feet more than does, and they particularly do so during the rut. Bucks tend to run with a peculiar gait during the rut. Their hooves are usually more rounded at the tips from this dragging, and from the weight of their heavy front shoulders and rack.

When you hunt deer in fresh snow, tracks are easier to read. Bucks tend to drag their feet more than does, and they particularly do so during the rut. If you’ve watched a buck chasing a doe, you know they run with a peculiar gait that you don’t see at other times.

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