In this episode, Jon Teater (Whitetail Landscapes) and Steve Sherk (Sherk’s Guide Service) discuss becoming a better deer hunter. Steve explains his trail camera analysis strategies and how he processes the data. Steve discusses the ultimate factor he finds impacts deer movement. Steve identifies key dates from this past season that he identified as high movement days.
Steve talks through this year’s hunting season, how this year’s weather impacted hunting . Steve explains other factors that he believes are overlooked when it comes to deer movement. Steve explains key indicators that allow him to assess movement on the landscape. Steve identifies other factors like mast crop and its criticality and impact on animal health and productivity on the landscape.
Jon explains deer movement philosophies. Jon details the differences of forested versus agricultural regions and how deer use these areas differently and how he evaluates landscape movement. Steve discusses when deer seemed to be most active this year as it pertains to movement and related breeding. Steve explains why he focuses his data analysis on hunting season and why he disregards nighttime deer movement. Jon discusses patterns of deer movement and how deer on highly pressured ground may not establish annual patterns. Steve discusses the importance of understanding the difference in rut and core ranges of deer movement. Steve goes through his failures this season and what the listeners can do to improve their hunting.