Two Pope and Young Bucks from 6 Acres

By John E. Phillip

How to Hunt and Take Big Buck Deer on Small Properties
How to Hunt and Take Big Buck Deer on Small Properties
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USA -( I had permission to hunt a 6-acre piece of property several years ago.

I took two bucks that made the Pope and Young record book there, during 3 consecutive years. (I no longer have that property, because the land was developed, and the woods are no longer there).

Actually all I need to hunt deer is a small piece of property to hunt where I can see 40 yards or less. If that 40-yard circle of land has a pinch point or a bottleneck, you’ll see more deer than if you have 100 or 200 acres, since all the deer on either side will pass within bow range of the pinch point at some time. Too, if no one else hunts that small pinch point, the woods on either side become sanctuaries where big bucks go to dodge hunting pressure. That’s exactly what happened with that magic 6 acres that produced six Pope & Young bucks in 3 years.

This property was a little community of 20 landowners, and one landowner granted permission for me to hunt his 6-acre portion. I was the only hunter allowed to hunt in that community, so I was able to manage and manipulate the entire deer herd. I couldn’t plant BioLogic food plots (, but I could use mineral supplements to improve the deer’s health. At that time, hunters could take six bucks per season in Maryland, including two bucks with a bow, two with a muzzleloader and two with a modern rifle. Hunters also had to take a minimum of two does, before they could take their second bucks.

At that time, we could take an unlimited number of does from September 15 through January 31. The deer were doing so much damage in this community that the landowner wanted me to take as many does as possible. I would take two friends of mine to the property late in the afternoon, and most of the time we’d get two does each. We harvested as many does as we could at the beginning of gun season, and then we stopped and hunted for bucks exclusively.

For me, the easiest time to take a trophy buck with my PSE bow is from opening day in September to the second week of November. Harvesting deer with my bow is fairly easy, because of my trail-camera surveys. After the second week of November when gun season arrives, patterning deer in our region is pretty tough. During the first week of bow season, we have an opportunity to take velvet-antlered bucks. However, I’ve learned the older-age-class bucks tend to be the first to shed their velvet. I’ve only ever taken two velvet-antlered bucks. The best buck I’ve taken here in Maryland on these small acreages was a 14-point scoring 152 on Pope & Young.

How to Hunt and Take Big Buck Deer on Small Properties
How to Hunt and Take Big Buck Deer on Small Properties by John E. Phillips

I like to hunt for bucks with big antlers. Usually I will have one to three big bucks on my hit list every year. I put in a lot of time, effort and money to try and locate those three big bucks each season. I not only scout for deer all year and purchase trail cameras for each property I hunt, but I also spend my spare time glassing these lands, looking for big bucks.

I don’t want someone to come into the woods I’ve been scouting all year and spook my deer, so I get exclusive rights to hunt the properties I hunt.

If you want to learn more about hunting big bucks on small properties check out “How to Hunt and Take Big Buck Deer on Small Properties”, available in both eBook and print formats

About the Author:

For the past 40+ years, John E. Phillips of Vestavia, Alabama, has been a fulltime outdoor writer, traveling the world interviewing hunters, guides, outfitters and other outdoorsmen about how they hunt and fish. An award-winning author, John has been hunting and fishing since his kindergarten days.