It's a dark, cold, fall morning. The grass crunches under your feet as you walk out to your truck. You look into the sky and notice that there is enough moonlight to see shadows of different shapes casting their dark paths across the ground. You are excited because it is the opening day of deer season. You climb into your truck and start heading to your spot. When you arrive you slowly step out of your vehicle and retrieve your gun or bow and start the trek to your stand. You can hear the scurrying of a squirrel; the rustle of dead leaves rattling together in tree limbs. This is the perfect morning.
Just before you reach your blind the darkness is broken by an explosive snort. The sound startles you, and you recognize it immediately as a deer sounding the alarm. It's all over.
What happened to this hunter has happened to countless others. You are beginning your hunt on a day that looks perfect, but what happened? As a hunter there are several things that have to be taken into consideration before heading out into the woods. Consider these deer hunting tips.
Scent: Did you properly take care not to let odors penetrate your hunting cloths or be on you? Are you wearing rubber boots?
Wind: Did you have a back up area in case the wind was blowing too strong into an unfavorable direction?
Scouting: Did you scout your area in the pre season well enough to know the routes and funnels that the deer were taking to feeding and bedding areas? Did you take into account the route to your stand to make sure it did not cross the deer's traveled route?
There are so many factors that have to be considered in the sport of deer hunting. Unlike a sport where you are competing with a human, you are competing with an animal that dominates you in all the physical senses. Deer also has the home field advantage. Imagine if you came home and someone had moved your sofa. You would notice right away. The woods are a deer's living room. That is why it's so important to consider your self a guest while in the woods and do your best not to disturb too many things
When you are scouting a new area you must make sure that you do it early enough in the year that the deer became accredited to the changes you do cause such shooting shooting lanes and stand placement. Remember to check with your state's law regarding the earliest time you can place your stand.
Deer hunting is a wonderful sport that can be done alone or shared with others. Regardless if you go it alone or have a partner, use these deer hunting tips and try to be prepared so your hunt has a better chance of being successful and not damped by something you were no ready for.