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Stephen Schanz's 2021 Maine Buck: "Talking" to Bucks

After months of guiding it was good to finally be the one carrying the gun and God blessed me with success in what little time was available.

I had a spot in mind from that fall’s moose season that I had found some good deer sign in and even jumped a few deer while moose scouting. I cut the buck’s track while it was still snowing and windy at about nine in the morning. The track was blown in, but it had a good stride and good toe drag so I knew it was a decent deer.

I hadn’t followed the buck 100 yards when he got into the evergreens. I went to take my gloves off to get ready, hoping to catch him bedded or feeding. I had hardly stepped into the tree line when he suddenly jumped out of his bed at about 20 yards.

The combination of me adjusting my gear and removing my gloves along with the thick conditions prevented me from getting a shot off. Two stiff blows at him and a grunt tricked him into sticking around though, and as I rounded the corner trying to catch him crossing a big cut I knew he was headed towards, he was still standing there.

He peeked his head and neck around a dead fall, and I dropped him where he stood. The skinner peep site and Remington 760 combo at 15 yards is hard to beat. Just ask him.

A couple takeaways from this hunt:

One, every time you are in the woods you need to be deer scouting. I found this area and knew it well from the previous moose season and it paid dividends taking note of the potential great deer hunting.

Two, learn how to interact with the game you are pursuing. Talking to deer and sounding natural is a lot more difficult than talking to moose or turkeys but it isn’t impossible, just listen to the animals and mock them. Twice this past year I was able to stop nice bucks and get a good second look at them thanks to well-timed and natural sounding blowing and grunting. It’s not my go to tactic, but a great tool in the inventory.

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