Each September Rush Outdoor Prostaffers Keith and Brad look forward to heading South to Kentucky for early archery season to chase some of the big ole whitetails that the Blue Grass State has to offer.
2017 would not be an exception. Like any other passion the work needed to be successful started many months ago with the ritual of putting in food plots, shed antler hunting and placing their Covert Scouting Cameras.
Covert's are a great way to inventory the bucks that survived the previous season while also monitoring early antler growth.
The Month of June found Brad and Keith back in Kentucky checking cameras to make sure that growing vegetation had not blocked them from getting the best possible photos.
A great deal of excitement comes in August as trail camera pictures are giving the boys a true feel for what bucks will be awaiting them at the September Opener. August is also when the hard work begins in the form of food plots.
Over the past 4 years Keith and Brad have used Whitetail Institute Products and the results have been nothing less than spectacular. Putting in the effort to hold deer on the property and offering them palatable forage that provides nutrition through the hardest of winters pays off in the long run.
At the end of August, the prep works is ramped up. Both Keith and Brad work to dial in their PSE Bows with Muzzy broadheads. This is an all to important step to make sure that the Muzzy Broadhead, PSE X Weave Arrows and Nocturnal Lighted Knocks are working harmoniously to deliver a fatal punch when the opportunity presents itself.
Scent-lok clothing is a vital part of their arsenal and the boys make sure all of their clothing has been activated and kept odor free leading up the opener!
Although you can’t control the weather, the weather is the one thing that is going to affect your hunt more than any other thing. It could be in your favor or not, you just have to make a game plan and hope it all comes together. This is what their 2017 Kentucky early archery season consisted of. They had a very bad wind direction for the 3 day trip. But saw a ton of deer which were always downwind thanks to Scent-lok and Realtree the deer never knew they were there.
They also had a great number of young bucks that were fun to watch sparing and playing. A few of the bucks were out of velvet already and starting to rub. But the mature bucks just weren’t moving much in the daylight hours as the temperatures were just too warm. Keith and Brad will be back in a few weeks with the CVA muzzleloader's and give it another shot!!