Here’s Part Two of our interview with Patrick Urckfitz.
Where we last left off, Patrick Urckfitz, owner of Beaver Creek Game Calls, broke down his checklist for getting ready to take down a trophy buck on the first day of archery season. He also shared a few tips on set-ups and the right time of day to put yourself in the best possible location for a shot.
Now comes part two of our interview.
What do you do if there is high pressure from other hunters in the area?
“High hunting pressure can create havoc on great scouting and a good plan. Instead of becoming frustrated and discouraged with the pressure, use it to your advantage. If you are hunting in the morning, make sure you are the first one in the woods. The same goes if you are hunting in the afternoon.
I hunt a lot of public land and always make sure I’m in before anyone else. Many times hunters getting a later start will bump deer right to you.”
How would you set up differently on a pressured buck?
“Another important thing [to remember] when hunting pressured bucks is that these bucks won’t hit their food sources until after sunset. A good strategy is to set up off the field or food source so you can ambush the buck before it gets to the same place. This can allow you to get a shot during legal shooting times.”
All this is great for people who have time to scout and prepare, but what if you are behind on scouting and have no trail cams out, but you know deer are normally in the area? Is there any place you would set up where big bucks typically go, and hope to get lucky?
“The reality is you can’t be in the woods 24/7 and things get in the way of scouting and prepping for opening day. If you are behind on your scouting, you need to be even more prepared with your location selection and the gear you bring into the woods.
When hunting an unknown area, I like to set up in one of two places: I will either set up on a hillside with thick bedding cover at the bottom where I can expect deer to be bedded down, or I will set up near water. Water is a magnet for deer and also a place where food is normally abundant.”
What kind of equipment would you need?
“In terms of gear, you need to pull out all the stops. I wear face paint instead of a face-mask because of the heat. A good cover scent is needed, as always, especially when sweating more than normal due to the warmer weather.”
That’s all pretty solid information. Anything else you would like to share?
“I would like to share a quick story reiterating how important it is to make sure your checklist is covered. Two years ago when hunting in the early season, before heading out the door, I grabbed one of our Young Buck grunt calls and put it in my pocket not expecting to use it. Later that evening, a buck jogged by not giving me a shot. After it was just out of sight, I used the young buck [call].
It’s non-aggressive call stopped the deer and it headed back within six yards of me. I was hunting on the ground already at full draw. It was the closest I have ever shot a deer. I tell people this story when talking about our deer calls to express the idea that maybe in one out of 50 hunts, a grunt call will bring a deer within range. It’s worth bringing a grunt call on every hunt, even if you don’t use it on that particular day. Always be prepared!”