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Pre-rut Hunting In Northwest Tennessee

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October 23, 2012

We all know that hunting conditions and how it affects your approach changes day to day. So let me tell you a little bit about what I’m looking at here in Northwest Tennessee as I get ready to go bowhunting for whitetail with RedHead arrows and BlackOut broadheads.

It’s an unusually warm day today, around 80 degree, and we’re in the pre-rut phase. The bucks, particularly the young bucks, are nosing around, scraping, breaking up from their groups. There are plenty of acorns around and food is aplenty, though the deer I’m seeing aren’t too focused on one source and they are eating a variety of foods.

The older class bucks are not as active yet, though I have spotted a few mature bucks on my trail cameras over the Summer. The deer are bedding early and I am not seeing a lot of activity in the morning, but rather in the afternoon.

Whitetail Deer Tennessee FallToday I’m hunting from a treestand as well as a RedHead Ground Blind. I’m setting up along field edges where the dos are feeding and where the bucks are scraping around. The wind is shifting a lot but I’m setting up along the north side.

I’m on the lookout for a mature buck around four years old. That can be a little difficult in an area with such liberal bag limits. But I find bowhunting is a wonderful scouting tool because even if you don’t take a shot all day, you’re still watching and waiting and allowed to focus on the behavior of does, bucks, turkey and other wildlife.

If I can get a class buck, great, if not, it’s not a lost day. Any day spent hunting is a day well spent and you can always better hone your skills.

That’s what I want to emphasize, that the outline of my hunting approach today isn’t something that will would necessarily work last week and may not work next week. But what is important for hunters looking to take it to the next level is to take notice of the environment.

Ask yourself:

  1. What phase of rut are you seeing?
  2. Where are signs of the rut?
  3. Are you seeing big bucks cruise around or are anxious young bucks all you see?
  4. What food sources are attracting deer?
  5. Where is the wind coming from?
  6. When are deer most active?

The more you begin to internalize these questions and find the answers, the more you it just becomes a part of your hunting mindset, and the more effective (with less mental effort) you’ll become.


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Brenda Valentine

Home: Puryear, Tenessee
(husband) Barney, (daughters) Melissa & Scarlet
Hourseback riding / training. Farming for wildlife. Gardening / Flowers
All legal methods

Hunting Stuff

Years Been Hunting: 50 years plus
Hunting Strength:
The woodsmanship skills and knowledge I learned as a kid have always been my ace-in-the-hole. Paired with my above average shooting skills with bow and firearms, these skills have been key to many of my hunting successes. I also have an unusual physical and mental toughness that has come in handy many times on particularly difficult hunts.
Favorite Technique:
Bow, Muzzleloader, Centerfire
Favorite Game to Hunt:
Turkey & Whitetail Deer
Favorite Places to Hunt:
Tennessee, Illinois, Montana, and Africa
Favorite Season to Hunt:
Turkey &  Deer
Favorite Time to Hunt: Anytime the season is open and I am free to go
Favorite Way to Hunt: Treestand
Favorite Turkey Call:
Brenda Valentine Sweet Talk

Career Highlights

Biggest Kill: Giraffe, Cape Buffalo, Moose, Elk, Caribou, Kudu
Greatest Hunting Achievement: Cleanly killing a Cape Buffalo bull with one arrow at 19 steps, several turkey grandslams
Favorite Hunting Moment: Assisting each of my 4 grandkids shoot their first deer — each when they were five years old

Professional Affiliations: National Spokesperson for the National Wild Turkey Federation
Host of the NWTF's award winning TV program, "Turkey Call" on the Pursuit channel
21-yr veteran of Bass Pro Shops National RedHead Hunting Team
Co-hosts Bass Pro's "REAL HUNTING TV" on Verses network as well as being a regular on the Bass Pro "King of Bucks" program
First woman inducted into the National Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame
Member of the West Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame
A present nominee for the National Archery Hall of Fame
2012 Inducted into the Tennessee Turkey Hunters Hall of Fame
2013 Professional Outdoor Media Association Pinnacle Award
Bethel University, Head Archery Coach
First/only woman selected to represent the outdoor and hunting industry in the 2012 Armed Forces Entertainment "Outdoor Legends" S.E. Asia Tour
National champion 3-D Archer
Featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal
About to receive the Silver Lance award, the Amvets highest honor for my work with the wounded vets

Often described as the 1 person responsible for recruiting more women into hunting than any other in modern history.  Brenda Valentine, the "First Lady of Hunting"®, grew up in a family where wild game was the primary table fare and  good hunting/shooting skills were learned at an early age.  The lessons of woodsmanship, animal behavior, and handling a firearm that once provided meat for the table were also building a firm foundation for Brenda to become a respected leader and a role model in today's world of hunting and conservation. 

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