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4 Time-tested Tactics for Tagging Out on a Trophy Whitetail

Whitetail deer

Blueprints for Bucks

To Successfully Hunt White-tailed Bucks, You Need to Choose Just the Right Strategy

Whether you rank them by their sheer numbers and wide distribution or by their popularity among hunters, white-tailed deer are undoubtedly Canada’s greatest big-game animal. Despite how relatively common they are in some regions, however, it’s not an easy prospect to attach your tag to a fine mature buck—they’re just that crafty.

The playbook for hunting bucks is rife with detail, but at the 30,000-foot level, there are four primary strategies that successful hunters across the country typically put to use—hunting from stands, still-hunting, tracking and, that old standby, the deer drive. Of course, there are pros and cons to each, and the decision to select one tactic over another depends on the hunting scenario at hand. Here’s what you need to know to make the right choice.

Ken Bailey

Ken Bailey

An all-around hunter, Ken Bailey enjoys pursuing waterfowl the most. Based in Edmonton, Outdoor Canada's longtime hunting editor Ken Bailey has hunted every major Canadian game animal, in every corner of the country. For many years, he’s shared his deep knowledge of game behaviour, and wide expertise with all manner of firearms with OC's readers. His work has been recognized numerous times by both the Outdoor Writers of Canada and the National Magazine Awards. Ken is a committed conservationist, dedicated to habitat preservation, sustainable harvests, and passing along our hunting heritage to the next generation. He's also an avid fly fisherman, and a pretty darn good game chef.

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