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We believe the hunting world lost its way decades ago, with technology, food plots, and heated stands replacing true woodsmen skills and knowledge of animal habit and habitat. At Big Woods Bucks, our goal is to revive and promote hunting in its most ancient, purest form, by getting out into the big woods, learning to read the woods & subtle sign that makes the biggest difference in your success. The woodsman skills we teach help you safely test yourself against the wilderness and have real, authentic big woods adventures along the way. So stop sitting and start hunting!
Broadly speaking, as defined in Hal Blood’s books, the “big woods” is anywhere where deer do not primarily feed on agriculture. In particular, "the big woods" refers the heavily forested areas of the northeast and the upper Midwest.
Big Woods hunting combines a variety of tactics, including tracking, still hunting, sitting, and hunting out of a stand when appropriate. Each tactic has its place, although Big Woods Bucks aims to highlight and promote tracking and still-hunting above all others because, if practiced correctly, these methods are the most reliable way of taking a buck in the big woods.
Big Woods Bucks team member and Maine guide Nick Campagna gets on the track of a big buck and takes a crack at him at close range!
Rick Labbe tracks down his 2nd-best ever racked Maine buck on snow
Big Woods Bucks team member Glenn Bombardier stays after it in the Adirondacks hunting his way through a November heat wave and his hard work is rewarded with a 192-pound Adirondack buck.
Tracking is the purest form of hunting. To consistently be successful at tracking bucks, a hunter must be able to accurately read a variety of sign, be in good physical condition and fast on the track, and be a capable woodsman. Big Woods Bucks aims to help hunters achieve all these skills and more.
Big Woods Wool Vest
The Read Deal Series Vol. 1
Zippered Orange Cape
Wool Tracking Gloves
Learning to read the woods helps break down the woods so you spend your hunting where the deer live whether stand hunting, still hunting or looking for a track. the woods & subtle sign that makes the biggest difference in your success.
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