Tips For Hunting Deer Successfully

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If you have your heart set on a downing deer this hunting season, there are some simple steps you can take to improve your chances of a successful hunt—and a full freezer. Don’t forget The Importance of Deer Protein Feed as a Supplement – it’s crucial for deer!

Cover Your Scent

Eliminate any body odor that you may have. Deer will pick up on your scent and stay away from you. Do not have any scents from your bodywash, deodorant, hair-care products, or anything else that you normally put on your body the day before and day of your hunting session. Let your hunting clothes be submerged in the natural elements that the deer lives—dirt, leaves, tree branches, etc.

Smell Like A Deer

If it is a peak-rut season, which is when does are usually standing around looking for a buck to mate with, using a rag soaked in doe estrous will be beneficial. If it is later in the year, like early October, using a buck scent will be more beneficial than doe estrous. Spray your hair, hat, and other parts of your body with an odor eliminator when you walk to your post so that you don’t have any human scent disrupting your bait.

Move Quietly

Before the hunting season starts, practice quiet movements to get into and out of your hunting site or tree stand so you can avoid spooking the deer. Be mindful of any wind that may come about during your hunt and always carry some deer scent that you can spray until you safely climb a tree. Get high enough to where you can rest in the tree without the deer smelling you.

Know The Area

Scan your hunting area by searching Google maps so that you can see where the best place to set up would be. Keep the environment as natural as possible because any abnormal smell, like fresh-cut timber, can alert a buck into staying away from that area. Keep yourself safe from tics by liberally dumping tic repellant on yourself when you are scouting an area.

Be Prepared

Be prepared for any victories that you have with your hunt by having a skull mount hanger ready for use. Once this is all set up, double-check every piece of equipment you have to make sure everything is fully functional and that your hunting area is still optimal. Keep your clothes in a plastic bag until you reach your tree stand and use a curtain of forest to keep yourself hidden from any wildlife in your hunting blinds.

Pay Attention

If you’re hunting in the wintertime, look for areas where deer have been scraping the ground for mast, which is the fruit of beech, oak, chestnut, or other forest trees, and set up your tree stand there. Always practice safety by using a full-body harness for your tree stand. This will keep you safe if the stand happens to fall.

Aim Well

When you see the deer, steady your breathing and hold your breath as you squeeze the trigger. Once the shot is released, exhale slow and follow the trail where the deer ran off if it didn’t fall immediately after the shot. Check what type of blood is on the ground to make sure it was a good shot.

If the blood is bubbly with a pink or red type of color, that’s a good hit because it hit either the heart or lungs. Anything very dark is a bad hit, and you may have to try again.

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