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Marc Anthony of Goodfield owns and operates Look Alive Taxidermy and Non Typical Hunter magazine. Anthony grew up in central Illinois and spent eight years as a commercial pilot before giving that up to spend more time with his wife Jan and three children, Victoria, Drake and Elesa. Anthony hunted on and off as a child but started seriously at age 30 and focuses on bowhunting for deer and turkeys. He's arrowed four bucks that meet the Boone and Crockett Club (net) standards and 20 Pope and Young Club qualifiers. Anthony is on the Pro Staff for Muzzy broadheads, Bear Archery, Vital Gear, Natural Predator, Non Typical Hunter and several other companies. He also is a member of the Outdoor writers Association of America, OWAA.

 

Non-typical Hunter

A Web log by Marc Anthony

Using rain to scout deer

June 22, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Rain, the “pseudo snow”, if you will. It’s not as good as a fresh snow for tracking but it’s the next best thing. With all of the rain we’ve been seeing lately, you might as well take advantage of the situation! Nothing will lead you to a hidden bedding area better than a fresh set of tracks. Tracking deer tracks in the rain isn’t as good as tracking them in the snow but nevertheless, they’re there for you to follow! Why now? Well, if you haven’t been doing your homework already, you will need to know where your elusive bad boys have been hangin’. My theory: “Find where they sleep now and you’ll have success in early October”. What better way to find those answers than to follow his footsteps?

Tracking hoof prints in mud can be deceiving. Most hunters find prints and exclaim “Giant tracks” when observing tracks in fresh mud. Oh yes, they get distorted and spread apart appearing to be from a larger deer than they actually were. Take your time and look them over carefully to determine what was distorted and what wasn’t. From there, try following them to see where they’ve been going. What’s really nice about this, is the fact when they move nocturnally, you now can see where they’ve been going! Lets face it, they don’t just disappear in broad daylight! They actually go somewhere! So get out and find where that “somewhere” is. This is what I love about whitetail hunting. It’s always a puzzle. In fact, sometimes I get a bit discouraged when I drop a buck in its tracks because I love the thrill of tracking so much! Now would be a great time to do some summer scouting to see where these hidden places are.

Once you have an idea where they may be bedding, try setting up a trail camera somewhere in the near vicinity. You may have to relocate the camera a few times but you would rather do it now as opposed to right before the season begins! If you spook them out now, they’ll come back! Take every opportunity you can to collect data for this year’s hunt!

Plan for excitement when October gets here if you’ve done your homework. Until then, get out in the timber every opportunity you get!

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