How To Hunt Deer
Deer Hunting Tips
Deer hunting is a sport where you pursue, stalk and watch the animals, waiting for the moment of truth when a shot opportunity presents itself. That is the challenge and fun of deer hunting. Your skills are tested each and every time you head into the woods. Even when you don’t bring an animal home you still get the opportunity to refine your skills, learning from your mistakes thus making you a better hunter each time.
In fact, most of the appeal of hunting comes from being outdoors, bonding with other hunters, enjoying the natural surroundings and living among the elements. Hunting is a wholesome experience and not just about harvesting.
Today I will share some great deer hunting tips to help you become a more successful deer hunter and show you how to hunt deer more effectively.
Use Game Trail Cameras
Utilizing game trail cameras will help you pattern deer movement and help take inventory of the deer herd if utilized properly. Patterning deer is easy in the early part of the season if you’ve been using trail cameras because you often can tell specific times they’re coming to a food source. Those camera photos and videos are great for helping you learn about the deer in your area and different bucks you may want to hunt.
To get the most out of your picture scouting, be sure to move the trail cams to prime locations based on the season. Here is a rough schedule to maximize the effectiveness to scout for big bucks for your hit list. Once you begin patterning the deer movement you then have a better chance of a successful hunt with mature deer. Another great tip is to try and position the camera to face the North for best picture quality.
Hunting Mature Bucks
The secret to harvesting bigger bucks is to simply let the smaller ones walk. If you can accomplish this big buck tactic, in a few short years you will start seeing bigger mature bucks more regularly. Designate a few acres of your property as a deer sanctuary where it is safe for them to go and stay out of that area. Give the deer a food source such as a food plot to better your chances of patterning mature deer from sanctuary bedding areas to the food source. It is wise to know where the does are during this time, as the bucks will be soon chasing the does.
Give the deer a food source such as a food plot to better your chances of patterning mature deer from sanctuary bedding areas to the food source. It is wise to know where the does are hanging out because when the rut kicks in that is where the big bucks will be. You will have to change tactics from hunting the early season pattern and just before the rut when bucks start chasing the does. Don’t be afraid to move your stand location based on what the bucks are doing next.
You will have to change tactics from hunting the early season pattern and just before the rut when bucks start chasing the does. Don’t be afraid to move your stand location based on what the bucks are doing next. As the rut gets closer, bucks will be hitting field edges, rubs and scrapes to size up the competition. These are great places to set up a stand location after bachelor groups of bucks disperse.
In the post rut most of the does are already bred, bucks are not as willing to respond to calls, rattling, scents, and decoys as they were during the rut. The best time to hunt late season is when the conditions are right. When a preferred quality food is available and when the winter weather lets up, expect to see deer earlier in the evening and later in the morning than normal. Late season deer hunting can be very rewarding if you put in the time and use these tactics to your advantage.
Deer Shot Placement
Proper shot placement is critical because you always want to take shots that make the most humane kill possible. You will only be able to do this when you are 100 percent confident in your shot placement. Practicing before your hunt is the best way to build confidence. Knowing the deer vitals are the key to proper shot placement.
Before taking a shot, check around to make sure there are no obstructions. Even a small item like a branch can drastically change the bullet or arrow trajectory. Always remember that if you are in a tree stand, you will need to aim slightly higher to adjust for the angle.
Be patient and wait for the best possible shot opportunity during the moment of truth. It will all be worth it in the end when you have that big buck down. Put in the work and practice, then hunt hard for your best chance of success in the field.
Deer Hunting Tips and Tactics
The best techniques for hunting whitetail deer are ‘Still hunting’ and ‘Stand hunting’ particularly in highly frequented areas just off trails leading from bedding areas to a food source, natural funnels with heavily used trails. You should always hunt with the wind in your face while using scent control to beat the nose of a whitetail deer. Deer also have great vision and can see movement from a long distance, use slow motion if you have to move while on stand. You should have your bow or gun where you can easily grab it with little movement.
Most defiantly plan on hunting the rut, the rut is that magical time of year when a mature buck is prone to making a mistake. There are three stages of the rut, pre-rut, peak of the rut, and post-rut. The three phases of the rut offer a great opportunity for hunters to shoot a big mature buck, so understand what the deer you are hunting want to hear and call them in for that shot opportunity.
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Tracking Wounded Deer
One skill that is crucial in deer hunting is knowing when and how to blood trail a deer that you just shot. Often times, hunters lose out on a harvest because they have rushed blood trailing deer or just didn’t have a good strategy. The first two important things to determine is what part of the body the deer was shot in and how it ran off. Not knowing this information can result in premature searches and the pushing of a wounded deer. Some shot locations result in a quick death while others require an 8 to 10-hour wait for the animal to expire.
If you cannot find the blood trail, try working in circles from the last spots. Begin with small circles and work into ever enlarging ones. If you lose blood make sure you have the last blood spot marked then fan out to see if the deer jumped or changed direction. If you come up to a pool of blood where the deer was laying down, that means your pushing the deer. Take a break and allow more time for the animal to expire. Most blood trails are not very hard to follow but remember these tips if you get in a bind and can’t find your deer.
Following these deer hunting tips can certainly help you to have a more successful hunting season. What other tips have you found that work well to kill deer?
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