Nab a River Buck: Exploit Big Bucks with an Aqua Ambush

Nab a River Buck: Exploit Big Bucks with an Aqua Ambush

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Darron McDougal often pursues bucks by utilizing tactics around rivers, creeks and waterways.

Worn from seven days of rising early for the 1.5-mile trek to my public-land stand, I sat overlooking a whitetail runway along a wooded Kansas river-bottom. For two days I’d hunted from dark to dark, which proved tiresome because mature bucks were locked down. Winds had calmed, the river sang a sweet serenade, and mid-morning rays carried temperatures high into the 60s. I basked in the Sunflower State’s November serenity and drowsy effects lingered, but the mere possibility of a rutty buck warded them off.

Buck grunts and splashing water suddenly interrupted…



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