Deer hunting is a great thing to get involved in. As sports go it’s a great one and also a challenging one that will help keep you fit. Becoming a great hunter takes time, practice and knowledge and we’re helping by providing the latter below.
1. Utter Silence
Lessen the noise your portable tree-stand and climbing sticks made by covering the exposed metal edges and contact points with hockey tape. Dark colored duct tape will also suffice. The layer of tape will keep any metal surface from making sounds when carrying your stand and sticks on your back in the woods or when setting up to take your shot. It is a mandatory thing for any mobile hunter. Ideally, the measure is more of tweaking your equipment but one that lessens the sounds made during setup. Also, considering removing any unnecessary things that make sounds and tightening or loosening the straps on the stands, sticks or ladder depending on what you test and see will suffice to reduce the noise. Greasing the joints will also help you have a silent set up of your hunting equipment.
2. Smart Calling Strategy
While the grunt tube is a valuable asset to have on your deer hunt, go easy on it especially where there are few bucks for the taking. If a buck hears your call and picks up its head to look to your direction, do not make another call let alone make any sudden moves. Stay still and let him draw closer to you so that you do not spook him causing him to run off.
3. Pick A Hidden Stand Location
Where you set up should be an excellent vantage point. It should have you well-hidden and out of sight so that the deer do not easily spot you. Stealth is a real hunter’s greatest weapon. As such, prioritize the quality of camouflage provided by your cover options. If it is a tree stand location, it should offer ample, quality cover where you can tie ropes or zip-ties and attach fakes leafy branches or tree limbs and get your gun and scope ready well in advance.
4. Time Your Hunts
Knowing how to predict the best time when there is god deer movement is essential to a successful hunt. In respect to the same, it is crucial for you to identify that perfect spot that never lets you down during the rut. But even then, you need to look for other locations that can be of promise and use them as you reserve your favorite treestand for the primetime. The ideal time to go back to it is when the weather is pristine for deer hunting. Searching for good stands on days when conditions are less than ideal is a common rookie mistake. You should get your timing right. Your first sit or the next one are more often than not, the best.
5. The Right Approach
When stepping out for your evening out of deer hunting, make sure that you go about it all the right way. Avoid walking across food plots and crop fields scaring off the deer and then wondering why there is not even one on sight. Such pressure will eventually cause the deer to change their behaviors and grazing choices, and this will hurt your hunt.
6. Set Up Early
This year, try to get your treestand up 20 minutes earlier than usual for your morning sits. If the location is a walking distance, then be there before daylight so that you are well settled in before the deer come around and begin filtering back towards their resting areas. Be there an hour before daylight, at the very least.
7. Keep Track Of The Buck
You should have an eye out for the buck, more so ever mature one that you encounter. Take note of where you spotted him and where he came from, the direction he headed, how the wind and weather was, as well as any other essential detail. Review the data as you build upon it to identify trends, the things the buck likes doing. If you do not take note of such things, you are likely to lose sight of the bigger picture. The trends will help you know what to do, how and when. If you have trailcam, then review their photos to add to your data. You then should review that information and see how it correlates with the moon, weather, and prevailing conditions in the past year to know which trends to look out for this year.
8. Hone Your Scent Control
As mentioned before, stealth is your best arsenal when hunting. Part of being stealthy requires you to dampen down your scent. Therefore, you will need to take scent-free showers this year; no cutting corners about it this year. Ensure your gear is always clean and avoid wearing your camo when heading out. You know the drill; so stick to it without any excuses. In keeping with the same issue, you should master how to read the wind. Your stand should not be set up in the direction the wind is blowing so that it does not blow your scent to the areas where the deer are. Always be quick to move and situate yourself elsewhere when such situations with the wind arise; do this without attracting the attention of the deer.