Whether you’re a veteran buck hunter or a newbie heading into the woods for the first time, these 7 pointers can help you see more success this deer season.
Tip 1 - Google it
Check out your hunting area on Google Maps prior to your trip. Take a print-out to show hunters who are new to the area. Seeing this aerial view of your hunting location makes it much easier to plan the best routes for the quietest entry and exit points.
Tip 2 - Practice
Your Stealth Mode
Don’t underestimate the importance of accessing your deer blind or hunting location undetected. This fall, take some practice runs to your stand or hunting location during daylight hours. Move any broken limbs on the ground that could alert a smart buck to your presence when walking-in on opening day. Getting into your spot and settled as quietly as possible is a key to having a chance at that big buck.
Tip 3 - Make Final
Cuts by Labor Day Weekend
Avoid trimming your shooting lanes and otherwise disturbing vegetation in your hunting area during the season. The time to clear shooting lanes is during the summer work weekends and at the latest, Labor Day Weekend. Smart trophy bucks can detect the smell of freshly cut limbs and branches and will associate that with human activity.
Tip 4 - Make a
First, don some surgical gloves to prevent human odor contamination. Then, using a stick, scuff the leaves off of an area about the size of a dinner plate.
Tip 5 - Use Deer Blinds
Deer blinds provide maximize concealment so even the smartest bucks won’t detect your movement while providing the added benefit of comfort and shelter from harsh winds that winter will bring. Using deer blinds when possible make the hunting experience more enjoyable for young and old alike and provide additional scent protection for those bucks that are approaching downwind.
Tip 6 - Use Tick
Be sure to cover yourself and your kids with a good tick repellant during the summer and early fall when you’re out scouting with special attention to your boots and legs. Tick-borne diseases can cancel your hunting season, and you don’t want it to be over before it’s begun.
Tip 7 – End of
If you find yourself near the end of the season still searching for that elusive buck, scout for reopened scrapes in deep cover and set-up shop to wait them out. While the smartest bucks are reluctant to get out in the open, they’re still looking for the last hot does in the cover.
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