Skill and luck play big parts in the tagging of a trophy whitetail buck. But first there has to be such a buck where you hunt. Then you have to be in the right place at the right time; it helps immensely if you have a good idea of where that time and that place might be.
Reading through these Best-of-Show articles, you can pick up some pointers that might help you tag that big'un the next time you're afield with an open tag. Things like the use of trail cameras to pinpoint buck locations and movement times, high treestand height, setting up near funnels or bottlenecks or ravines/draws, all of which are travel corridors, and that it often is quite nice to be back off the edge, not right on the edge, of a soybean or cornfield. And that a lot of great bucks get tagged by a hunter standing or sitting on the ground; treestands are great, but they aren’t the answer every time.
Good hunting. Be safe. Shoot straight.
And congratulations, once again, to these 2012 Best of Show deer and to the hunters who tagged them.
All articles by Richard P. Smith