Regular Big Game Season begins

At the event, Benoit brothers, Lanny and Shane shared their combined 100 years of knowledge of the sport. The brothers explained that they seek wild, remote country that doesn't get much hunting pressure. They are trackers and have taken numerous specimens that have topped 200 lbs. Shane revealed the size of a rack isn't a measure of trophy quality. Rather, it's the amount of meat on the table, because, "Antlers don't chew too well; they're kind of tough".

Still stalkers

"We study deer habits" explained Lanny, "And we learn where they feed and bed, we know their subtle signs. Whitetails tend to circle within a familiar range and if you study the terrain and vegetation, you'll learn where the protective corridors are. Look for funnels and choke points near ponds and dams."

"We look for ponds with nearby ridges and we hunt the edges of food sources. When it's hot out, deer got to the mountain tops", he continued," We're still stalkers, we go slow and study tracks to decipher a pattern. Find big tracks and no matter what, never give up on a buck. Be consistent and put alot of miles on.

Their records indicate that most deer are taken during the first hour of daylight and the last hour before sunset. The brothers advise that wind and the scent it carries are a hunter's worse enemies; keep hunting clothes in a bag or bin with leaves, boughs and earth from the area you'll hunt. "You must overcome keen eyes, sharp ears and a sensitive nose!", Lanny emphasized.

Tracking mistakes

"The biggest mistake is a lack of confidence", Shane related, "You must be convinced that you're going to get that buck! Recognize that you'll play a game of cat 'n mouse all day and just because you've jumped a deer doesn't mean you'll never see 'em again. If you jump 'em wait; he'll lay down again to chew his cud and digest."

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