Finding that Trophy Buck
Every hunter wants to bag that elusive trophy buck. But how do you know a good place to find one? There is great skill involved in finding a good hunting spot where the big ones like to hang out. There are certain signs you can look for to know if you’re in an area frequented by a big buck. If you’re observant you can easily see the signs and know that you’re in a good area.
This tips can help the experienced hunter and beginners just starting out. Keep in mind that when hunting deer, the word “big” is all relative.
Different areas will produce different sized bucks based on the land layout, food supply and population of deer. Knowing this will help you realize just what is considered a trophy buck for your area.
5 Signs a Big Buck is in the Area
- The first sign to look for is a large bedding area. Big bucks will dig out massive bedding areas to accommodate their large bodies. If you’re not familiar with deer bedding areas, they tend to look like oblong areas dug out in the leaves and underbrush. They are usually disguised in areas where the deer feel safe and protected so the beds may be hard to spot. A bedding area that is 40 inches or so should indicate a large buck.
- Large bucks make large droppings. Deer droppings usually look like pellets and the larger the pile and amount of pellets in the pile, the larger the deer. If you find a place with a big concentration of large piles of pellets, there is a good chance a big deer is hanging around.
- Big bucks want other bucks to know they are in the area. They will take their antlers and scratch on trees all around their claimed territory. The higher up and larger the area is on the tree, the bigger the buck was who did the scraping. An area with a lot of tree scrapings, especially high on the tree trunk, indicates a large buck may be staying in that area.
- A bigger buck will make bigger tracks. Look for deer tracks in soft, muddy areas. If you see a track over four inches long it likely is a big buck. Bucks will not only make longer tracks, but wider tracks as well.
- Look for a concentration of well-loved food sources like White Oaks. Big bucks will take over an area that has a good food source. They especially love the acorns from White Oak trees. If you find an area with a high concentration of food, look for the other signs of big bucks around that area. There is a good chance you’ve found a spot that can sustain a big buck.
Patience is Key
Finding a big buck takes patience and time to observe. You may need to scout weeks ahead of time to find the ideal spot for hunting your trophy buck.
Remember to look for large bedding areas, concentrated areas of droppings, big tree scrapings, big tracks and an area with a good food source. Big bucks want other deer to know they have claimed a territory for their own.
They tend to make it obvious when they’ve found a spot they like. A hunter can use this to their advantage to find the perfect area to bag that trophy buck.