I'm posting this here, but I'll also cross-post this on your 24hourcampfire thread.http://www.drnordbergondeerhunting.com/ ... Tip_2.html
Here is a tip from Nordberg. It is typical of what I understand his hunting style to be. In some ways I agree with his basic premise. In some ways I do not.
Nordberg hunts deep woods. I hunt 200 acres of abandoned farm in KY. Hunter density is intense where I am-- 3 shot strings per minute on a good Opener. We get our share of big bucks on our place. His method would work on our place, but that it would create a better success rate I doubt. When I was new to the property 12 seasons ago, I used tactics very similar to what he is suggesting. However, within a couple of seasons, I had the place figured out, and started putting up permanent blinds and stands. I tried to rotate my use of them, trying to use one stand per half-day per weekend in order to keep the deer from figuring out where I would be. However, after I got myself unemployed, I had all season to hunt. The question was: How often could I hunt the same stand and not be "made."
I was off work for 3 straight rifle seasons, and hunted as much as I could. What I found was that rotating stands did not do a whole lot. I went from rotating a stand once per week to once every 3 days to. . . well, I've pretty much given up on a few stand locations, and I am concentrating on the most successful. I could probably hunt the same stand every day all season and not screw things up. Indeed, I have picked up my #2 and #3 all-time bucks from a blind that I'd pretty well camped-out in for the whole season. After that, I let SuperCore take a session at the same shooting house, and he scored the farms #2 all-time buck out of it.
It depends. If you're sitting on a Nordberg style portable stump, with minimal cover, down at buck's level, I can believe you are going to be made, patterned, busted, whatever. On the other hand, if you have a good permanent blind or stand that is strategically placed, you may have the same deer show up day after day, season after season. I would suggest that this tactic might actually be better than hopping about and stinking up a whole bunch of places. I don't know, I'm just saying. If you read my weblog at all, you know all my tricks for keeping things clean and keeping the deer happy.
Most of us do not have thousands of acres of trackless northern wood to hunt. I'm limited to 200 acres. Yes, when I didn't know the place, I did a lot of hunts sitting on a 5 gallon bucket, basically my answer to the portable stump. However, that was all part of the overall effort to learn the place-- kind of a scout/hunt combination. Later on, as I started to zero in on places that deserved special attention, I switched to portable stands. Before I put up a 2-man buddy ladder stand in a location, I might throw a ladder stick and a Loc-On on a tree and figure out if this was really where I wanted to hunt. Some worked. Some didn't.
My advice is to use what Nordberg is saying as a good way to find the kind of spots that can be better exploited using permanent stands or blinds. Once you have something like a nice permanent ladder stand up, you can get in and out without doing much to disturb the deer.
Disturb bucks? Look, the bucks I see are usually so besotted with testosterone that they do not know which end is up. I've been challenged by a buck while I was out walking. Lord only knows what he intended to do to me, and I thank Him that I did not have to find out. Bucks generally don't know or care about me. Furthermore, the buck I see today is most likely going to be in another part of the county by tomorrow. Bucks roam. They roam a lot. No, what you, the great hunter, needs to worry about is your doe. They are the bait. You keep your doe happy and contented, they will keep coming by your stand and then one day they will have one of those big bucks latch on and follow them past. THAT's what it's all about. When I have my resident doe herd drop by my blind and the matriarch sticks her head in to say hello, and then wanders off flicking her tail, I know I am on the right track.
I should probably giving lectures and have Angus and KYHillChick out front start selling DVD's. I might even get rid of the cover scent chewing gum and the anti-telepathy hats that way. What do y'all think?