Today on the show, I’m joined by legendary big woods tracker Hal Blood to recap my recent hunt in Maine and the lessons I learned about tracking deer in the snow.
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Whitetail hunting is almost synonymous with ag country—where food sources are plentiful and deer movements are predictable. Much hunting media is catered toward those hunters, often at the exclusion of whitetailers in Appalachia, the North Woods, and Rocky Mountains. For those of us who don’t live in the Heartland, good whitetail hunting still exists, just not on oak ridges and the edges of cornfields.
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The rut is simultaneously the most exhilarating and frustrating time to be in the whitetail woods. That being said, your odds of finding a big-woods buck have never been higher than during this time of year. Hunting the big woods has its own set of challenges including unforgiving terrain, thick vegetation, and a lack of agriculture, all of which make them difficult to hunt. But if you’re persistent and patient, you can capitalize on one of these...