Welcome Pure Instinct Nation. Deer season has begun for some, and for others it’s mere days away. The intensity is building for us here in Texas and Oklahoma. It’s almost time to start chasing big bucks, and filling our freezers. With that being said, we want to share a few tips to help you have a successful season.
The first tip we want to share is PRACTICE. Never stop practicing. It is extremely important to know your equipment inside and out. Every chance you get, pick up your bow and sling some arrows. You can never practice too much. Pick up your rifle and go through the motions, whether you expend a round or not, follow completely through as if you are. If you can afford to expend rounds on a regular basis, do so. At the same time, don’t just practice your typical motions. Put yourself in different positions while shooting both your gun and your bow. Kneeling, squatting, standing, and sitting, practice them all. You never know when or where you will be when that opportunity presents itself. Hang a stand in your yard and practice shooting your bow out of it. Pop up a blind and do the same thing. When you connect on that trophy, you will be thankful you did. Don’t stop there though! If you film your hunts, practice with your camera. Different angles, positions, etc. You won’t regret the extra time spent practicing; it will pay off.
Tip number two is tree stand placement. It’s very vital to place your stand properly. Don’t be afraid to hang more than one stand in the same area. Sometimes the tree we need to be in doesn’t quite mesh with the stand placement. In this case we sometimes have to hang a stand that compensates for the sun in the morning and perhaps a stand a tree or two over to compensate for the evening sun. I also like to hang my stands early so that they are able to adapt to the smell of the woods and air out the smell of the packaging or storage. Never hurts to spray them down either as you come and go. Don’t be afraid to sit in your stand before season. You can learn a lot by doing so. You can see some early season movement, and also point out any errors you may need to correct. Try your stand out both morning and afternoon. This allows you to see where the sun casts your shadows (if it does at all) as well as getting use to your visibility in early morning and low light conditions. Also, don’t be afraid to get in your stand (with your safety harness secured) and move around. Bounce up and down, and side to side. This allows your stand to really settle in to the tree and can prevent some noise when that big moment comes.
An extremely important tip number three is play the wind. The wind might just be the biggest make or break in the woods. The nose of our adversary is one of the best tools they possess. It can beat you every time if you so choose to make the wrong decision. Do not let anything persuade you to hunt the wrong wind. So you go check your camera, and the big 170 inch stud is coming in every day like clockwork. The wind is all wrong but you know he will be there. Do not go in there! I repeat, DO NOT GO IN THERE. One whiff of you and that stud can be gone forever. If he is coming every day you will be fine, wait for the right wind, and pat yourself on the back when you smoke him.
Tip number four is short, sweet, and to the point. Hunt hard, and hunt frequently. Hunt the mornings, hunt the evenings, and some days hunt all day. You can’t connect with that trophy if you aren’t in the woods.
Last but not least, Hunt the Rut! The rut is all the craze. It’s everything it’s hyped up to be. The rut is literally “Go Time.” There is absolutely no wrong time to hunt in the rut. Morning, evening, all day, it doesn’t matter. The bucks are sure to be on their feet and on the move. That adds in a couple of other factors as well. The first being, bucks disappearing. The bucks you have had on camera are not a guarantee, especially when the rut is in full swing. They may chase a doe to another county, who knows. The second being, the appearance of big bucks that you have never seen. Bucks that you have no history, and no pictures of. It’s crazy how a hot doe can draw a buck out of the wood works. If at all possible, hunt every second of the rut that you can. Also, be prepared for the craziness to put on one hell of a show.
One thing we have discovered at Pure Instinct Hunting, is that we never stop learning. Whether it be from experience, or from tips passed on from fellow hunters. These are just a few tips that have helped us be successful. Never be afraid to ask questions, in order to learn as a hunter and an individual. We look forward to another year of learning about the thing we love the most, the art of hunting. We hope these tips lead you to a successful season. We would love to hear some of your tricks of the trade. Feel free to share your tips and advice with us in the comments below. Happy Hunting and God Bless