From the Author
Phillips: "PhD Whitetails" contains the tactics thatprofessional hunters use to take older-age-class bucks each season. "How toHunt Deer Like a Pro" is an expansion of that idea, going into more detailabout situation deer hunting. One of the critical keys to being a successfuldeer hunter is knowing the indicators that cause bucks to be on their feet andmoving. One of the major reasons that most professional hunters can and do huntin places where you and I can't hunt is that they're hunting on privateproperty where they know the landowner, and where the landowner often tellsthem where very-large older-age-class bucks have been seen. Hunting pressurealso affects deer movement more than any-one factor. For this reason, if youcan find a place to hunt where no one else hunts, you often can take the buckthat no one else can take.
Question: John,what is it about deer hunting that keeps you in the sport?
Phillips: Ireally enjoy the stillness of morning before first light, listening to thesounds that all the animals in the woods make and trying to identify in my mindwhat those animals are. I like watching all the deer, the does as well as thebucks, to learn more about how they communicate, and what causes them to actthe way they do. I enjoy the moment of truth, when all my planning, scheming,studying, scouting and working with my equipment results in a successful hunt.Believe it or not, I also like the butchering process, and I really enjoyeating venison, which is some of the leanest, most cholesterol-free meat youcan eat. I also love remembering the hunts I've been on, the people I've huntedwith, and the experiences I've had in the woods, many of which have been withmy family.