Hunting help and the best hunting ranches in Texas? In general, the early season is no time to push far into the woods to set up on a buck, as they tend to bed fairly close to primary food sources now. Ideally, you want set up along the edge of an ag field, food pot, or cut-over, especially where water is nearby. Picture a hidden beanfield near a north-facing slope with a cool creek running just inside the woods, and you get the picture. Find a good creek crossing and set up on the field side where you can shoot both to the food and to the water. In either case, water is a big advantage. Wooded creek and spring corridors, for example, are significantly cooler than surrounding uplands. What’s more, they provide whitetails with the extra drinking water they typically need in hot weather. The same is true of lake, pond, and swamp edges, which often feature dense, shaded bedding cover nearby, as well as convenient foods such as grasses and sedges.

Preseason scouting will give you a good idea of where the deer will be on opening day. But what about after that? Whitetail behavior and patterns change drastically as the season progresses, and the hot buck sign you find in September may be stone cold by November. The key to effective hunting all season is to take the time to identify both the spots that hold deer now and those that are apt to hold deer next month and the month after, and to figure out a variety of basic hunting strategies. This way, when whitetails suddenly modify their habits, you won’t waste valuable time playing catch-up. Instead, a quick speed-scouting trip to your potential hotspots will reveal which of them are most active. Then you can simply set up and put your plan into effect immediately.

We had a great time this past weekend. The owner and his family are hard working, salt of the earth people, who want their customers to leave happy. They treat you like a friend instead of a client. The cabins were clean and comfortable, and the ranch is covered with game. We saw deer, turkey and hogs every day. I would definitely recommend B4 Hunting Adventures for your next hunt. Find extra information on hog hunting in Texas.

Warbritton: Ten or 12 years ago I used trail cameras nonstop. I checked them before every hunt and made most decisions based on captures. I’ve somewhat abandoned that approach. I still use trail cameras as a complementary tactic to woodsmanship and sign reading. But I’ve become more successful in finding and hunting bucks in general, especially on public land. If you’re new to hunting and don’t know how to read sign, spend a season or two learning to identify and interpret sign before purchasing a trail cam. It sounds simple, but get out and find a deer trail. Think about how to set up over it. Think about what that deer will see as it’s walking down the trail. What’s it going to be doing? As you learn these things, you’ll discover how to set up without being detected.

The B4 Ranch is still operating within the original family and is full of interesting family history. This old bus is a random piece of history on this family ranch. As the story goes, in previous generations this was used as shelter to wait out the Wild West Texas storms. There was no way to escape hail storms if you were deep into the ranch on horseback. At a later date, it was used for ranch hands to camp in if they stayed out fixing fences, etc. Find additional information at https://www.b4huntingadventures.com/.