Dealing with Buck Fever on Monster Whitetail Hunts
Even experienced hunters come down with a case of buck fever when they’re looking
through the peep hole or down the gun sights at a true trophy buck on Midwest whitetail
hunts. After all, isn't that what it is all about? The thrill of Midwest
whitetail hunts is unrivaled.
For many hunters, the opportunity to take a solid Boone & Crocket, Pope
& Young or Safari Club International record book deer is a once in a lifetime
opportunity, one that can give even seasoned hunters the jitters when the moment
of truth comes.
The real trick to overcoming buck fever on monster whitetail hunts is
to prepare yourself mentally before you ever get out in the woods. Unless you have
ice in your veins, you’re going to have an emotional reaction to having a trophy
class whitetail in your sights.
Focus your breathing techniques. You’d be surprised at how many experienced hunters
miss their shot on monster whitetail hunts because they
forgot one of the simplest things everyone learns when learning to shoot a bow or
gun. There are different schools of thought on when and how to breathe when shooting,
and we’re not trying to advocate for one method over another so much as saying,
whatever breathing technique you use, slow down and focus on it.
Another important matter often overlooked, which can help with buck fever, is practicing
during the hunting season. Too many hunters stop practicing when it’s time to get
out in the woods. If you happen to fill all your tags on opening day, that’s fine.
Most of us, though, need to keep ourselves sharp. Like any other skill, shooting
takes practice if you’re going to stay sharp.
The more frequently you practice during the season, the more
confident you’re going to be in your shot. And confidence is one of the best cures
for buck fever. If you can remind yourself that you can make that
shot, it’s easier to execute.
Finally, relax. When you’re on Midwest whitetail hunts, with a big buck in your
sights, it’s easy to get worked up, but the reality is that putting your shot inside
a monster whitetail’s vitals isn’t the hard part. After all, by the time you get
out in the woods, you’ve already mastered the art of placing your shot. Focus on
your breathing, remind yourself that you’ve practiced this shot many times, and
get ready to harvest that trophy buck.
When you’ve mastered your shot placement, the shooting will come naturally, even
when buck fever tries to take over it. You will follow through with your shot
and the buck fever will not be a factor. Your next big hurdle is finding the
best place for a monster whitetail hunt. After all, if you don't have the
opportunity to see a monster whitetail, there is no chance to take a monster whitetail.
Oak Creek Whitetail Ranch offers
guided hunts for world class whitetails. In recent years,
Oak Creek Whitetail Ranch near Bland, MO, has registered more monster Midwestern
whitetail bucks in the record book than any other hunting operation, not only in
the Midwest, but in the entire country. There is a reason for that.
Donald Hill, the owner of Oak Creek Whitetail Ranch is one of those guys who “lives,
breaths, dreams trophy whitetails 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.” His 2,000-plus
acre ranch is devoted to monster Midwestern whitetails. Donald’s life centers
around world class whitetail genetics, trophy whitetail habitat and deer herd management.
That’s why he chose the Midwest to build the world’s premier whitetail hunting