Experienced hunters know that you have to hunt each type of deer differently if you hope to be successful. While there is a specific way to hunt bucks, as nearly all of them share the same characteristics regarding movement, old, mature bucks need to be hunted slightly differently or you might not ever see them again.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that old bucks are old for a reason. Simply put, they're smart. If they've lived this long without another hunter taking them down, then they obviously know how to avoid most hunters. Fortunately, this just adds to the challenge and the thrill of hunting an old buck.
Below are a few of the reasons why old bucks got to be so old. Understanding these is the key to tracking down a smart buck on your next hunting trip.
Response to Hunting Pressure
Deer catch on surprisingly quickly to hunting pressure. Studies have shown that deer that spend the majority of their time in open fields before hunting season, quickly learn to only visit these areas at night once hunting season begins.