I've been bowhunting elk almost solid for the first two weeks of September, but it's time to take a break. Ya, right! I'm actually switching gears to deer for a few days and I'm heading toward Montana.
Starting on September 12 I'll be hunting with my good friend Doug Gardner at Gardner Ranch Outfitters (www.groutfitters.com) in southeast Montana. Although I wasn't successful in drawing an archery elk tag I'll be able to spot and stalk mule deer in the mornings and then sit whitetail stands in the afternoon.
Here's my best tip for stalking: be stealthy! No really, get a pair of slip-on fleece booties to soften your steps. You can order them through Crooked Horn Outfitters (www.crookedhorn.com).
As for whitetails I just hope I can stay scent free in the heat. I'm going to be testing Hunter's Specialties Tek-4 silver-lined clothing and incorporating their Scent-A-Way products everywhere (www.hunterspec.com).
I may even try decoying and some light calling, but I'll cross that bridge when I get there. I hope your archery deer hunts are going well and good luck!
Walk softly and carry a sharp stick, or something like that.