Best Deer Hunting Strategy – What’s Your Plan?

What is the best deer hunting strategy for you to use this season? Well, are you hunting deer bedding areas in wilderness area or small private public land locations? What about small ag parcels, big public land wilderness areas, small chunks of public land, mixed ag regions, low cover areas or some mix of all of the above? The problem with today’s modern deer hunter is that many hunters choose the hunting strategy that is the online flavor of the season, and then head to the woods. The deer hunting strategy that they find and use may or not be a fit. With all of the deer strategies out there to choose from, it is highly likely that 10s of thousands of hunters are trying to fit a square peg in a round hole of deer hunting strategy options, when they head to their favorite deer stand. Have you actually chosen the best deer hunting strategy that fits the land where you hunt, this season?

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Rob Grubb - September 7, 2019

tons of information thanks for sharing.

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J Justice - September 7, 2019

Jeff I think this. is one of your best videos. You have a lot of info. on various types of properties (public, private, small private, large private, small public, large public), stands, and entry and exits all in one.
I am hunting a 8,000 acre public land for the time this year. They have bow season from Sept. 9th to Oct. 4th then it comes back in on Dec. 9th to Jan. 1st. They have five gun hunts that are three days each done by a lottery system in between mid Oct. to mid Nov. The Wildlife officer said during bow seasons they only have around twelve hunters each weekend.
I have never killed a big mature buck, the biggest I have killed is around 110 to 115 in score and were probably two year to three year old deer. I am focusing on trying to get a mature deer this year out of this public ground. Thanks for the great advise in the video and if you have anything else for me that might help please respond back. Thanks

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Slackjaw-fagget Jeffrey - September 7, 2019

Lol I’m wondering if Dan Infalt is watching this video and scratching his head about the part of no evening hunting in the marsh. Infalt only evening hunts marshes lololol
I’d love to hear you and him talk on that topic

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Jimmy Perez - September 7, 2019

Great information thank you very much

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Kevin B. - September 7, 2019

I’ve been hunting the same 1200 acres for 7 years now and I’m still trying to figure out how to hunt it. I feel like I get the best, and most practical tips from you. Thanks.

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Joe T - September 7, 2019

No baiting in Michigan this year unless you're in the up

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Jerry Paine - September 7, 2019

Awesome video Jeff! I've been hunting my 30 acres in northern Wi for 9 years, and I totally changed the property around this year following alot of your advice.early scouting looks great, can't wait for that first cold front! I'd like to hear more about the Northwoods of the UP which is like where I'm at!

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Christopher Lein - September 7, 2019

Great watch!!

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curtis browning - September 7, 2019

Thank you so much for the great videos you post. I've been following you for the past couple of years started hinge cutting and putting in food plots. I have 5 now on my 40 and with the no baiting law in MI and the wet late spring/summer I have no AG within a mile of me! Hoping for the best this year and good luck in the public land challenge and hope you put down a giant

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Beau Gair - September 7, 2019

Your channel is filled with so much knowledge that has helped me become a better hunter. Jeff you are the man! Last year I killed the biggest buck of my life using the tips/methods you talk about in your videos. Thank you so much! -Beau (PA)

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Bob Rosenbalm - September 7, 2019

Great information. Good luck to you this fall and keep the videos coming.

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Rich Stafford - September 7, 2019

Looking forward to the public land challenge. Hope nobody’s ego gets hurt too much. I have a good golf analogy. This challenge is like a US open at Oakmont CC. Long rough and tough conditions. Pros struggle to break par. Unlike most majors where they play target golf and shoot 14 under par. Hope everyone has to hunt in the LP where 100 inch bucks are are rare as unicorns.

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elon musk please you're our only hope - September 7, 2019

On my property (which I've never hunted before) there is a tree branch that is just to the side of the trail. My biggest buck hits it every time he walks by and one of my does hits it every time. No others. My uncle tells me this means those two will breed together. I have only been hunting one year so I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. Many many other bucks and does walk by and seem to ignore it. One last thing I did not place this as a mock scrape this is just a random branch to the side of the trail.

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Wayne Martin - September 8, 2019

Sounds like the same ballgame over and over, you need to challenge yourself and head to Victoria – Australia. https://www.gma.vic.gov.au/hunting/deer/where-to-hunt/new-hunting-maps

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Michigan Outdoorsman - September 8, 2019

Low pressure public land in mi is hard to find within 100 miles of me

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dave Kamala's - September 8, 2019

I think you find that there are very low pressure area of Michigan unless you go to the U.P and go deeper in the woods.

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diggumvt04 - September 8, 2019

Best strategy summaries covering multiple scenarios I’ve heard in under 13 minutes! Great exhortation!
If you have time or want to give Dylan a challenge, I’d love to see a recap of your Michigan challenge hunt… to include satellite and topo maps as you recount the experience! Good luck!

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J 5outdoorsman - September 8, 2019

Thank you for all the great hunting advice cannot wait to use them in the woods with me this season! Could you make a video for early season calling and rattling?!?

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Jones's Outdoor Adventures - September 8, 2019

Keep doing what works for you if your consistently harvesting year after year. Less is more if you don't have much to land to hunt. Now if things aren't working out for you just keep trying and learning by listening to successful hunters but most important by being out there learning. Study deer behavior,habitat,weather,thermals, everything you can get your eyes and ears on. When i started hunting in the 80's hunters didn't talk much about inches and pope young and booners that is the new generation talk. Hunting is suppose to be enjoyable and its not a competition or meant for bragging rights. It's a God givin blessing to enjoy and have fun making memories. You will be blessed if you put the right things first no matter what. Stay humble and get your hunt on. Praying all are safe this season and make some wonderful memories along the way!

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Chad Wheeler - September 9, 2019

Thank you for sharing!

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jeremy bledsoe - September 9, 2019

Awesome content as usual, slowly learning what I can about zeroing in on mature deer over the last 4 years. Public land is no joke, I have some early tags here in TN this weekend and the next, it's supposed to be hot and I have 3 days to hunt both. I have scouted each spot 1 time due to distance away from me. Any advice for hunting hot weather (90°) high pressure areas? Thanks and good luck to you this year.

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Randle Richardson - September 9, 2019

The 28th of this month it’s on here brother. I’ve been working like a beaver here round our house trying to get caught up on my honey do list so I’ll be free to disappear in GODS country soon.

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Randle Richardson - September 9, 2019

I thought I’d done watched this one but I guess not.

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Randle Richardson - September 9, 2019

I wish I could use a climber still. My back and knees won’t let me anymore. I use two man ladder stands anymore. I’ve got room to move. I’m 6 foot 2 and I need room lollll. 2 man stands are a little heavier to set up and are hard to get in the woods in places but well worth it. Great video brother as always. Take a old doe that’s grown up in a certain patch of woods and shes hard to fool to.

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Randle Richardson - September 9, 2019

Great video be safe brother and your camera man to GOD BLESS you both Amen.

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djf1019 - September 9, 2019

Jeff, great insight. I hunt public land in NC where there is no baiting allowed. I am always trying to expand my knowledge and keep my options open. Your insight is always great. I have learned on public I have to be willing to put in more work whether it means crossing water or going over a mile or two in. Excited to watch you all with the public land challenge.

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Dick Blackbeard - September 10, 2019

Best strategy is time in the stand.

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the working man - September 11, 2019

Great video, great Channel, when I look for videos about hunting this is the type of thing I want. Not shaky camera work of guys in the woods.

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Nathan McFetridge - September 12, 2019

Awesome video man jw what parts of PA do you hunt

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Terry Eschenbach - September 12, 2019

Any videos on when you should get out of your afternoon stand? Before or at dusk or when it's dark?

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Krieg4020 - September 13, 2019

Jeff, what is your strategy on checking game cameras? I typically wait until the middle of a rain to go check them.

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Henry Kopchinski - September 15, 2019

Great videos! What kind of back pack are you using?

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Hammer outdoors - September 16, 2019

Great video. Never worried about sint cover back in the day. Now I know it's a very important part of the game.

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Mark B. - September 20, 2019

Thanks for the education Jeff!!!

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Shaun Geidel - September 24, 2019

I've looked at the Family Traditions website. I'm interested into getting one. Is their a retailer online where I could possibly purchase one?

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Doug Moore - September 26, 2019

Good information, thumbs up

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little woody - September 26, 2019

Your not going control scent on public specially in Michigan .

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Jonathan Murray - September 29, 2019

What would you say to some body with 10 acres or less. All I have is a small section of private that's good source of food but that's it.

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Roger Gill - October 9, 2019

How old is that Treebark backpack you're sporting ?

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David Lawrence - November 18, 2019

Thanks for the videos. My daughter is 11 and recently decided she wanted to hunt deer by this time next year. I've always hunted waterfowl, never deer. I've been binge watching your channel for days trying to catch up on the stuff I should know before we even start scouting.

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