The hallmark of a seasoned hunter is someone who’s always on the lookout for cutting-edge strategies. And, few folks understand that better than expert hunter and Bone Collector star, Michael Waddell. In this Backyard Life video, Waddell’s sharing some of his best deer hunting strategies. And, his first strategy? Keep it simple. Stick to some basic, common-sense tactics, and you’ll find success.
Take Inventory With Trail Cams
“A trail cam is one of the most important pieces of equipment to help you understand what you have on your property, and how to hunt it,” says Waddell. There are lots of different models to choose from, but the important thing is to set them up strategically around your property. Waddell explains that a well-placed trail cam allows you to take inventory and track movement. “It’s doing all the scouting for you so you can strategize,” he says.
Don’t Overthink the Obvious
Another one of Waddell’s deer hunting strategies is to not get overly strategic. Standing in his apple orchard, Waddell explains that many deer hunting tips involve being a little too cautious about human sounds and scents. He and his crew work the orchards every day in the summer, yet, every night the field is full of whitetail. “Now, that’s different than walking into the brush where they lay,” he laughs. It’s a reminder that his hunting tips are all about using common sense.
Find Success With a Food Plot
Next, Waddell heads out to one his favorite places on the farm: A food plot . . . With his deer blind positioned over it! He’s used a backwoods-attraction blend drilled into rows to create a greenfield. It’s made up of clover, chicory radishes and buck forest oats. “Anything I think a deer would want to eat, I give them an opportunity to have them out here,” Waddell explains. That makes the deer hunting strategy simple. Just wait for a good wind and climb in the stand.
Know the Deer You’re Hunting
As he finishes up, Waddell has one more whitetail deer hunting strategy. Know the deer and their habits. “Remember, these are animals that like to move at night. You have to manipulate them. We’ve established where they bed and where they move. We have our trail cams. From there, it’s all about waiting for a good wind, and climbing up in the stand.” After all, says Waddell, all hunting is still “strategic luck.”
Of course, Waddell has one other tip he wants everyone to remember. “Hunt hard. Dream Big. Have fun.”