What should a serious whitetail hunter do in January to increase their chances of having a successful season?
A lot of southern states and some Midwestern ones as well have deer season last through all of or part of January. If you live in one of these places, don’t overlook this month for some great hunting opportunities.
Alex Comstock, writing in his Legendary Whitetails blog, reminds hunters that if you can locate a solid food source, you can still have some pretty good hunts.
“The two keys for me when it comes to January hunting are food and weather,” Comstock writes. “In the times I’ve been able to find a good food source and had bad weather, I’ve experienced some awesome January hunts.”
For hunters who live in a state where the season closes in December or early January, Comstock suggests conducting an immediate post season scouting. Depending on where you live, this scouting can accomplish a couple of different things.
“Where I am in northern Minnesota, usually buried in snow, my immediate post season scouting is to identify where deer are congregating this time of year, as well as potential food sources and bedding areas,” he says.
During winter, deer go through a process called “yarding.” This involves grouping together in small, tight-knit herds in areas with dense cover, such as coniferous forests, to conserve energy and stay warm. They also rely on stored body fat to survive when food is scarce.
Finally, one thing about January is that it’s often very cold and miserable. After a long season, it’s understandable for hunters not to want to venture outside.
“That’s good and all, but that doesn’t mean you can’t accomplish anything from the comfort of your couch,” Comstock says. “During this month, I spend many, many hours looking at maps online, either picking apart current hunting properties or seeking new ones.
“If I’m looking at current hunting properties, I will mark a whole bunch of different spots to check out once I get boots on the ground to scout,” he writes. “If I’m seeking new properties, I will make a list and will try to get to as many of them as possible over the next few months. Being organized and getting this done now can save you a lot of time in the months ahead.”
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