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Three Cs

Y AUGUST the velvet-covered antlers of most bucks are fully developed and
hunters are beginning to feel the itch. To help scratch it, deer hunters fully
engage in scouting by foot, using game cameras or both. Some have discovered
that hunting the three Cs - coyotes, crows and chucks - can better prepare them for
deer seasons ahead, while providing added measures of challenge and excitement.
With each passing year, coyote hunting opportunities
continue to grow. By August, pups are generally four
or five months old, and parents are busy teaching them
hunting techniques and survival skills. It's also a time
when coyotes can be highly vulnerable to two-legged
hunters.
Summer deer scouting typically involves glassing
field edges at daybreak and dusk. Because coyotes can
be hunted year-round, deer scouting and coyote hunting can occur
simultaneously. If no deer are visible, using mouth or electronic calls
to attract coyotes is most promising just before dark. Otherwise, patiently
waiting and watching also are simple, yet effective techniques.
Beginning July 1, crows can be hunted Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only.
They're best hunted along the same field edges frequented by deer and coyotes.
Hunting methods include using owl decoys, with or without calling, and pass
shooting. Again, morning and early evening hours are preferred.
If deer scouting is slow, hunting crows can certainly liven things up. If you've
never seen a murder of crows attack a great horned owl decoy, know the action
can be fast and furious. Frantically reloading your shotgun time and again while
crows are in attack mode can be both unnerving or hilarious.
Chucks allow hunters to ensure their scopes can deliver the accuracy desired
during the firearms deer season. As with any firearm, chuck hunters using highpowered firearms must be 100 percent certain of their target and what lies beyond.
Many hunters also enjoy the challenge of stalking woodchucks with a shotgun
or bow. For archers, accurately gauging the distance of a chuck is similar to what
they'll experience hunting deer during archery season. Gaining permission to
hunt them is typically not an issue. Remember, all chuck hunters must wear a hat
of solid fluorescent orange visible 360 degrees.
Deer hunters should not despair over the dog days of summer. Combining
deer scouting and equipment preparation with the three Cs might be just the
prescription needed to beat the summer doldrums.

Gregg Rinkus
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