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Monster Bucks in Canada – not this time!

November 8, 2011 by  
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Well like they say all good things must come to an end, and so did my lucky streak, just never imagined it would happen in Canada! Yes, after 4 great bucks in a row – Wyoming, Ohio, Kansas and Illinois – I got skunked in Canada! I really believed after starting my bow season off In Canada in early September, and not releasing an arrow there, that my return trip would have to be successful! Guess the deer weren’t in on that conference call. I chose what should have been the best week of the year, or so I thought, with a great moon, cooler weather and the rut just around the corner, boy was I wrong!

Although the moon was great the last few days of October and first part of November, it didn’t seem to make much difference to the bucks of the north country. In a entire week of hunting I saw one shooter, which was the buck I chased back in September, and he didn’t show himself till the last night of my hunt. It was cooler in Canada than back home  with day time highs in the 40’s and the last couple nights dropping below freezing, but it just wasn’t enough to get the giant Canadian bucks all worked up into a pre-rut frenzy. Action was slow at best, but there was a hint of something in the air, just in time for me to board a plane for Ohio!

It was as always a great experience to hunt Canada, it’s one of those places where you just never know what might show up, maybe the biggest buck you’ve ever seen – just not on this hunt! It did get me to thinking about my approach to my hunting season and my strategies for trying to harvest multiple bucks in a season. Usually, I consider myself lucky to get one crack at a true giant each season, trying to harvest more than one is a daunting task, especially in just a week of hunting. It was a very rare situation that I was able to make two ( unsuccessful ) trips to Canada this year to try and tag a Canadian whopper, and this specific point really got me thinking about changing my approach next year.

Hunting, like any other part of life, has many variables. About the only thing we can control, like any other situation we may face, is ourselves and our actions. We have no control over the deer, the weather, other hunters or the actions of an outfitter we may be hunting with. All we control is ourselves. Having said that, I’m beginning to like my chances more and more of scoring on a mature deer, no matter  where I’m hunting, if I have the opportunity to spend more than one week a year in that particular spot, and normally it just isn’t feasible to do that hunting in Canada. I spent two weeks this year, hunting an area I was fairly familiar with from hunting there last year, and still felt like I wasn’t really in the game. I don’t know about you, but I like being in the game and feeling like I have some control over my own destiny. I have enjoyed great success at home in Ohio, killing some giant bucks, and I’m starting to reap the rewards after hunting some other states for a few consecutive years after learning the deer and the land. Hunting closer to home allows for spring shed hunting trips, summer observation, and multiple trips during season if necessary depending on weather and other unforeseen circumstances.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to talk anybody out of taking a trip to Canada to chase big whitetails, it’s something every whitetail fanatic should get a chance to do. All I’m saying is after bow hunting for over 30 years now, I try to come away from every season learning something that I think will make me more successful next year, and I’m beginning to believe that concentrating on the some of the best whitetail states this country has to offer right here in the Midwest might be a better decision for this hunter come next year!

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