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Deer Hunters Wanted.  

Jul 15, 2017

The deer drag of a tracker can last for hours. Trackers venture deep into the big woods, on the trail of a mature buck, wherever the track may roam.  By necessity, trackers become some of the most skilled navigational woodsmen on the planet. The ones that don't become skilled with a compass and TOPO map, never came home.  Joe DiNitto is a deer tracker and hunts the Adirondacks of New York.   He has been tracking big bucks on snow for 30 years now, and he doesn't appear to be slowing down any time soon.  Joe is patient and waits for those snow days before stepping into the woods. This style of hunting doesn't require scouting, scent control, playing the wind, tree stands, or moon phases, but it does require snow, a compass, a flashlight, and preferably a GPS.  Joe says the first step to shooting a big mature buck using this method is finding the "Holy ______" buck track.  From there, it is a game of pursuit and persistence and a pure disbelief in the word "can't".  Joe shares numerous stories in this interview and details what is important and what is not.

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  • A Dairy Farm in New York
  • Never Believe in the Word Can't 
  • A 4 Hour Deer Drag,  A Beer, and a Pizza
  • Enjoyable Consistent Determination
  • A Map, a Compass, a Flashlight, and a GPS
  • The Wind, and Scent for a Tracker
  • 3 Seasons in a Tracker's Life
  • Never Pass Up a Snow Day
  • Favorite Snow VS Least Favorite
  • Put Yourself in Position to Get Lucky
  • 3-5 Days a Year is All You Need
  • The Holy ______ Buck Track Factor 110%
  • The Mature Buck is an Easier Buck to Track
  • How to Find the Mature Buck Track
  • Hardwood Ridges, and Covering Ground
  • 90% on Foot, No Snow, No Hunt
  • A Buck is Like a Man Coming Home from Work
  • A Pattern of Left and Right VS Straight
  • When Is When? Pace Changes
  • I Hope I Didn't Blow It
  • One Stepping and the 4 Minute Pause
  • Standing Still, Waiting for Them to Make a Mistake
  • Nothing is 100%, but it is 90%
  • Finding Better Snow
  • Gear Check, Lacrosse Air Tracks
  • Memorable Deer Story, 10 Rapid Fire Questions


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