Tag Team

Tree stands or ground blinds, setting up with a colleague using one hunter as the bait while the second positions for an ambush.

The approach goes like this, set up one hunter on the corner of a food plot, specifically on the edge where timber meets cropland. The second hunter slips quietly into the timber setting up 15-20 yards off a trail, the trail should lead out into the direction of the field where the first hunter is positioned. This works best when wind direction is blowing out of the timber, not in reverse.

Radio headset communication is a must, it allows for instant information as to what’s happening. Once positions are anchored, the field hunter begins with calling, rattling and glassing the area, while the second hunter remains silent and prepares for the unsuspecting Whitetail to head in the direction of the field. We suggest setting decoys 30 yards in front of the field hunter, perhaps two doe’s and a buck decoy placed 30 yards out front of the trail along the field edge.

Scent control is a must, especially for the ambush hunter, a drag line of estrous, tarsal or Buck in rut should be administered as you head from field to trail and ambush sight.

This approach increases your success rate. The field position can bring an animal from virtually anywhere, while the ambush position is limited; it funnels the animal into a false sense of security, especially right before your broadhead hits home.

We suggest mid summer trail cams to see which trails yield high traffic travel, or wait for the first snowfall to determine high density areas. Once these ’busy zones’ are established, give it the ‘tag team’ approach.

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