You needed an update on your outdoor terminology, and the MeatEater has provided!
Thanks to a smart and savvy video series from their YouTube channel, the good folks at MeatEater have informed the outdoor community of a few specific terms and phrases that are used for a variety of reasons. It's the MeatEater Glossary, and you can consider it a sort of dictionary for the woods.
One of the first Glossary terms that caught our eye was the pinch point: an integral part of the whitetail rut terminology that every deer hunter needs to be aware of. It's a basic fact of deer hunting that, during the rut, deer actively do we expect them to do, and then the wheels completely fall off.
During that stretch of time, hunters can count on so few things to remain a constant, and need to focus on what will work when the chips are down. The "pinch point" is one of the factors--based on geography--that will cause at least some whitetails to function in an almost normal fashion.
The funnel that a pinch point causes creates a pathway that deer will follow--deer that would rather stay hidden in the cover--and a corridor to hunt for any of us that have these natural flows on the property that they hunt.
Here's Meateater with more, and then a short review:
Mark Kenyon said, "Look for those terrain features where there's maybe a thin strip of cover or a thin strip of high ground in a swamp, or a saddle in a ridge..." These types of cover, based on the lay of the land where we hunt, can be the difference between success and failure.
Many factors decide our fate as deer hunters, such as opening day, location, and yes luck. The effort to locate these areas and use them to our advantage during that one time of the year that a stud has his guard down can be paramount in filling your freezer, and maybe putting him on the wall.
You can see more of the MeatEater glossary right here.