Buck hunting - some tips to succeed better

Bockjakt - några tips för att lyckas lite bättre


 The buck hunt (horn-bearing male) starts on 16/8 and is most effective at the beginning of the hunting season, although it works great to hunt buck during the month of September. However, it is around the rut that they can be attracted, and that the roe deer are exposed much more during the rut. During the rut, the buck is moving quite frequently in its territory around the clock to then, when the heat has subsided, focus more on foraging to recover from the heat and to eat before winter. 


Wind and weathering

I usually define the gears the buck bucks use in their territory to then guard these and place me based on terrain and wind direction. Important to keep in mind when it comes to succeeding well with the buck hunt is the wind direction and consequently where your weathering ends up. My experience is usually that the direction often turns when the sun goes down or goes up, which may be worth thinking about a little extra when you sneak out to the place you saw in advance as optimal to fit a buck.


Choose a pass for buck hunting

I usually actually define 2 different approaches to buck hunting. Either you sit on a pass in a tower and wait at a field where the buck is coming to eat or you sneak carefully between forest terrain and arable land to see if any buck is on the move. Personally, sneaking suits me much better than sitting still when buck hunting. I would not say that one of the methods is better than the other in my world without situation and terrain usually determines the approach. I often switch between sneaking a few hundred meters and then sitting still and scouting the terrain with my binoculars. The key word when hunting goat hunting is that hurry is seldom good, if you reveal yourself to the buck, the chance is usually over.


A hunting memory

 However, I have a hunt in memory that attracted a number of years ago. I was out sneaking early one morning during the buck hunt to sit and fit in the forest terrain between 2 fields. Once there, I attracted a bit with the Buttolo blatter I had with me. After about 5 minutes, a deer barked at me in my wind direction and I realized that I was cleared, so I crept on to new areas. When I got about 40 meters, I happened to look back towards where I was sitting and attracted, and then the buck stands in that place. The shot was simple and undramatic and the area buck remained in place. When this was in the premiere days, the buck came on the sound even though it felt my weathering, but the heat took over and it had to check the sound. 



Camouflage for buck hunting is a necessity but not a must. On the other hand, they increase your chance of getting the buck significantly. Although the buck is not the most sharp-sighted of all animals in the forest, it easily notices face and hands, facial nets and gloves are a success factor in buck hunting (In addition, you do not have to use mosquito repellent on your hands if you use gloves). Avoid exposing yourself to openings as the buck responds to protruding silhouettes, but rather choose to sneak into shelter (for example a large spruce) before you look out over fields or felled. Good camouflage on the clothes and ruffle-free clothes also increase your chances of getting shot.


Good luck with a calm and pleasant form of hunting / Rasmus.

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