Mathews Pro Tips
“Don’t forget about the midday hunt from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. There is less pressure in the woods and a lot of animals are moving. Also, a lot of hunters are back at camp eating lunch or snoozing under a fir tree.”
Create a story to set up a buck.
Create a story to set up a buck. Tell a story that only a buck can understand by using multiple calls, rattling, and decoying. Just build it as you go. It’s your story you tell it; set the stage for a buck to be the star in your show.
“I always carry a few acorns, or imitation acorns, to send through the tree branches to the forest floor to increase my chances of calling up a buck. Dropping acorns works best if you can drop them through some leaf covered branches, or onto another limb below your stand so as to add to the sound of acorns raining down.”
“During the rut, don’t overlook food plots as morning setups. At this time of year, mature bucks often will check them for does between 8a.m. and 11 a.m.”
“I try never to shoot a walking buck. So once I come to full draw, am in position for the shot and the deer is where I want him to be I will give a soft grunt or bleat with my mouth. I prefer a soft grunt initially.”
“I have lost track of the number of bucks that have responded to my grunts. Simply put, if you are not using a grunt call, you are missing out. So far as I know, I have never run a buck off by grunting at him. But if he’s coming, shut-up.”
“If you’d like to harvest a mature buck, hunt all day, in a secluded location, from Nov. 7 through Nov. 27.”
“Call sparingly when you do not see any deer. If you see a deer you want to shoot, call loudly at first if the deer is at a distance. When the deer hears you, don’t call as loud from then on. If the deer starts coming, stop calling. Only call again if he seems to be losing interest or begins to turn away.”
“A small open-reed predator call in your pack can often turn a big game encounter into a shot opportunity. Animals are often curious of a low distress cry. Start by calling soft as the animal walks away, and don’t call while attention is focused toward the source.”
“The best snort-wheeze call on the market is the one that everyone already owns. Simply pinch your lower lip to your upper teeth and exhale two short bursts of air followed by a third drawn out burst.”