Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Top 5 Deer Hunting Dos

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The Top 5 Deer Hunting Do's

Are you starting deer hunting and want to know about the best possible way to attract as many as possible. Well, these five tips are here to help you.

Cover Your Scent

One of the ways that you can tell if your deer hunting season is going to be a success or not, is through your ability to fully cover up your scent.  Deer are able to smell a human from a mile away.  They will also be able to detect the smell that you leave on the ground and in the air as you walk around. 

The good news to this is that you will be able to easily cover up your scent and prevent the deer noticing you with a scent eliminator.  These eliminators will generally be sprayed on the bottom of your boots and on your hunting stand.  As the name suggests, they will eliminate the smells that deer pick up as human.

You should also look at bathing with scent-free soap.  This should be done before every hunting trip and will ensure that you do not leave any strange scents in the air.  Of course, even with these precautions, you need to ensure that you stand downwind from the deer to ensure that nothing is left to chance.

Fool The Deer

There are a lot of hunters that do not believe in tricking the deer with decoys or calls.  If you are one of these hunters then you are actually missing out on a lot of action.  It is important that you consider these tools and determine which ones you should use.

Be Attractive

Using deer attractants is another strategy that a lot of veteran deer hunters have been using to increase their success rates.  The open market has a wide range of deer attractants that you can choose from including deer feed, deer urine and much more.  The use of attractants will enable you to have more deer close to your stand which you can take down. (Editors Note: Be sure these are legal in your area before you try!)

A great example of when you should use these attractants is a drag rag which has been soaked in doe estrus during the peak rut season.  Bucks will generally follow the trails directly to your waiting stand.  However, it is never too late to start using these attractants as part of your hunting strategy.

Decoys are also another way that you can be more attractive to the deer.  The modern models that are available are very lifelike and will trick the deer fairly easily.  As long as you have set up your decoy correctly, you should see an increase in visitors to your hunting area.

Other methods that can be used to fool deer will include the use of a call.  This could be a grunt tube or a bleat can.  The rattling of antlers can also door a deer into your range for the perfect shot.  Of course, before you start using these tricks, you need to ensure that you know how to use them correctly.

Be Quiet

There are many hunters that think covering their scent will be enough, but they would be wrong.  Deer not only have an excellent sense of smell, they also have excellent hearing.  Deer are able to detect movement from as far as a quarter mile on a non-windy day.  If they hear your movements, it could take them 2 hours to return.  A deer bling can help and here are some of the best deer blinds of 2017

One of the ways that you can avoid making noise on your hunting day is to set up your stand a few days in advance.  You should also walk carefully and step with care when you make your way to the stand to ensure that you do not spook any of the deer that are around.

Know When To Hunt

Knowing when you should be hunting is vital and it is important to remember that anytime is not the time to hunt deer.  Deer are the most active during the early hours of the morning and close to dusk when the sun is starting to set.  If you are going to hunt during the evening, set up your stand around feeding areas.  For morning hunts, set up your stand along the route to bedding. 

It is important that you not apply all of these strategies at the same time.  If you are in rut season, anytime will be a good time to hunt since the buck are likely to show up at any time in any location.

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