Photo credit: J.J. Guy Longtin

10 pro tricks for hunting late-season whitetails

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#4 LOCATE THEIR BEDROOMS

In most places, deer change their bedding hideouts once winter starts. For midday hunts, target south-facing hillsides and cedar swamp edges. The hillsides appeal to our cloven-hoofed prey because they provide more exposure to the warming sun, while reducing the impact of the cold north wind.

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Thick cedar bushes along swamp edges, on the other hand, offer significant shelter from the wind and snow. Plus, the cedar boughs above the bedded deer can help trap a bit of heat, while providing some of their favourite browse. No wonder this is where you’ll most likely find deer on the coldest winter days.

A bedded buck is more likely to sit tight and let you walk past during the post-rut than at any other time of the year, so be cautious and keep your eyes peeled on your way in and out. Always still-hunt when you’re on the move, and play the wind.