Tracking a whitetail deer might not be as easy as many people think. This actually means to get to locate a buck track and if possible finding the exact whitetail that made them. One fascinating thing in whitetail tracking is that all bucks tracks will eventually lead to a whitetail or a deer even if it’s not the exact buck that left them. Sounds great, right? So whether it was the one that left the tracks or not, you are sure of taking a whitetail home at the end of every hunt. Another thing to know while tracking a whitetail is that the bigger deer do not make it easier for the hunters. And these big deer are always the hunter’s target. It is challenging to see them before they see you because in the area they bed, they feed and then lay. So for a hunter to first see the whitetail laying down might be a challenging task, and this is the reason I have decided to share my experience on how to trace or track whitetails deer.
Many whitetail trackers do it during the late seasons in winter. You might want to know why. This is because tracing or tracking a deer in winter is a lot easier than in summer. Thus, Bucks can also be located in wet leaves and in muds. But still, a lot more comfortable in snow as the deer tracks are clearly seen and followed upon by the tracker. The snow can also help the tracker to be able to know if the deer is a male or a female, the size of the buck and when the track was made.
If you are a novice and want to know how to trace or track whitetails, and you are going into the woods for the first time; just know that to find a deer trail in snow it’s a lot easier than any other weather season. You have to be courageous, and you have to walk long in any area that you desire to track the bucks, and will eventually get the track for you to follow and trace. If eventually, you do not like the track you found or did not find one, do not give up. Continue, and you will possibly find a new track. This is just the beginning in how to trace or track whitetails.
However, from what I have known or with my experience in how to trace or track a whitetail, they are much easier to find in an area highly populated with deer such as rural farms and many others. My advice is to always be patient, and you will definitely find a whitetail. Whenever I go tracing or tracking, I use a spotting scope, and this is one secret that will help you spot a whitetail before it spotting you. I tried to get myself one of the best budget spotting scope made by Celestron. Well, some people might say that spotting scope is not necessary for buck tracing. Trust me, you need to get out there in the field to understand what it is like to track on whitetails.
It is good to trace or track bucks when it just stopped snowing, and the snow is still fresh. The reason for that it’s because new snows on leaves keep the sounds of the leaves quiet when you move around, thereby not allowing the whitetail to quickly notice your presence. Have you ever walked around in the neighborhood after it finished snowing for about a day or more? Did you notice that after a day or two after it snowed the snow becomes frozen and crunchy? When you walk upon it, you get a sharp and noisy sound. That is the same thing that will happen when you go tracking a deer when the snow might have been frozen. Every footstep you make generates sounds that could scare a whitetail from a mile or so. Also, consider that walking in snow can be really tiring especially when the snow is getting very thick. This can also contribute to one of the disadvantages of how to trace or track whitetails.
Now the major issue is not just finding a track. It is deciding whether to follow the track or not. This you should know by knowing whether the track is fresh or not so that you do not waste your precious time for nothing. Note that new tracks are better to trace than the old ones that might eventually not taking you to the buck you were tracing. You can easily tell how new the track maybe by checking the bottom of it. New tracks always leave softer and light packed snow in the track. In the old track, you will see that the snow is frozen on the bottom.
The bottom line is to know when it snowed last. This will also help you to determine whether a track is fresh enough to follow or not. Take for instance it snowed two hours ago, and you happen to see snow on the tracks, you should be able to know that it snowed three hours ago. But if it snows lesser than thirty minutes ago and you happen to come across a track that has no snow in it, trust me, that will be the track you will need to follow. Although, older tracks can lead you to a whitetail also, but concentrate more on the new ones.
So now that you have known the tricks on how to trace or track whitetails, you should go out and give it a trial. But do not forget, before ever starting to hunt, you should go to hunting school, and a get a certificate and then get a hunting license. Adhere to laws that protect private properties and do not shoot whatever you see moving. Shoot only what you can see clearly.