If you’re planning a hunting trip to Northern Canada, don’t settle for anything less than a monster Saskatchewan whitetail deer. A little planning and preparation will have you set up to harvest a Canadian trophy on your hunt.
A Big Boy’s Got to Eat
When scouting locations that whitetail deer frequent, examine the food sources. Deer, much like the domestic goat, can easily survive on all sorts of unsavoury brush and bramble. But if you want to find deer that are above average, you’ll need to locate a beefier source of food. Areas that produce berries, grains, and lush grasses provide a variety of nutrients to encourage healthy deer growth. Land bordering grain fields often provides an ample supply of nutrition as well as a protective cover.
In addition to locating such feeding hot spots, you can also cultivate the land and plant food plots that are specifically engineered to grow large bucks with massive racks. A few minutes of internet research will result in a myriad of food plot options ranging from spring and winter vegetation to plants that thrive in hot summer conditions. Having a reliable food source year-round ensures your big bucks will have adequate nutrition and will develop a routine of visiting your mini-plantations during any or all months of the year.
Hunting areas packed with the nutrients big bucks need will greatly increase your chances of sighting and snagging a monster Saskatchewan whitetail deer whether you take advantage of naturally occurring plant growth, set up to hunt along grain crops, or create customized food plots.
If baiting is allowed in your hunting zone, a little extra deer fodder will whet the big buck’s appetite and encourage him to visit your site. Baiting is not always legal, so check into local regulations to learn what is and isn’t allowed for the area.
He Needs a Cold One from Time to Time
Like the human hunter, Saskatchewan whitetail deer need an occasional refreshing drink. Yours might have a pop-top, but the whitetails will consist of relatively clean water within a short walk of his stomping grounds. His water source could be a creek or pond, even rain puddles will do. Sometimes there’s plenty of food for the deer but no water around. If you locate an area with an ample food source but no water, try adding a tank. It may take a few weeks, but deer will become accustomed to a water tank being in the area and will learn to trust it as a reliable source of water.
Big Bucks Don’t Hang Out with Commoners
Monster bucks have grown to be massive because of a lifetime filled with wise moves. They’re seldom seen where average whitetails are spotted. Large bucks are wary and extremely elusive. They like to hang out in areas of heavy cover away from busy trails and feeding locations. In a nutshell, monster bucks are typically loners. That is, until the rut hits…
Get Him While His Guard’s Down
When mating season hits in full swing, those once wary trophy bucks become hormone-crazed fools. When he’s letting his hormones do the thinking for him, he frequently lets down his guard. As he chases the scent of doe estrous, throws caution to the wind in search of tail, and allows himself to be seen, it creates the perfect set-up for you to make your harvest.
During the rut, bucks of all sizes will be hot on the trail of cycling does. Choose your harvest wisely. The first buck you see may not be the most impressive one that will step out of the brush. Be patient, alert, and selective when hunting the frenzy of the rut and bagging your monster Saskatchewan whitetail deer.
Use a Prop
Whether you’re hunting from a ground blind, tree stand, or you’re conducting a spot-and-stalk hunt, you’re going to need a prop for your rifle. Although there are hunters who can shoot the wings off a fly from a free-handed stance at a 200-yard distance, the vast majority of us could use a little help with our aim. Choose an adjustable shooting stick with legs that telescope smoothly and quietly with the press of a button or squeeze of a trigger.
When it comes to snagging a monster Saskatchewan whitetail deer, there are a lot of factors that influence the final outcome. Check out food and water sources to determine what could be a potential whitetail sweet spot. Look for large bucks in out-of-the-way areas of heavy cover that aren’t frequented by average deer.
Always hunt the rut if at all possible; it’s prime time for catching a big buck with his guard down. And when it comes time to make your monumental harvest, be sure you have an adjustable shooting stick with you. Being able to prop your rifle on a steady surface when you squeeze off your shot gives you an advantage.
There are other factors that come into play when harvesting a Saskatchewan whitetail but following these five basic steps will give you a leg up on bagging a Canadian trophy.