It's that time of the year, when all of the signs of the summer remain in the atmosphere. When you are faced with all the bugs and the heat, it may be a task to transition into deer hunting season. This is the best time to transition into hunting season.
The deer is at their most predictable and less attentive state at this time, this is the best chance to get the buck of your lifetime.
Make sure you trade in the fishing pole for a new bow or gun, dress light, and grab some of the best repellent on the shelves. It is time to start off the deer season just right.
Most of the articles, that I'm sure you have already came across, claim to give you the new advanced techniques about deer hunting, and give you all the of the tips and tactics that are beyond basic, to prepare for the new season. Right?
Well, those particular articles are going after the hunters that are more experienced, and most likely have read many articles of the latest tips and "tricks". But, what about those who are hunting for their very first times this season? Look no further, we are here for you. Here are some helpful tips to help you get your very first deer for the new season.
Make Sure You’re in the Field
Of course, no one has ever shot a deer while eating in the dinner, or out watching the latest football game, or even asleep in bed, right? If you are sincerely serious about getting your first deer this season, you will need to spend most of your time scouting the field.
It is going to be vital that you rearrange your priorities to make sure you are maximizing your chances this year, so you will need to limit your socializing, and go to bed early to make sure you wake up before the sun rises.
So, be sure to pack enough water and food that will carry you throughout the day.
Make Sure You Are Dressed Appropriately
It is most likely going to be cold in the morning and in the evening, but hot during the day. So if it is warm, make sure you are wearing layers. If you are going to be gun hunting, make sure you are wearing enough orange. If you are going to be bow hunting this year, make sure that your layers are camouflaged as well.
Wearing vests is ideal, because they can be worn over your t shirt or parkas. In the colder weather, it is essential to wear a heavy coat, or even coveralls.
Keeping your head and your neck warm with some kind of cap or beanie, or with a neck warmer, is going to help you be comfortable as you are scouting too.
Know the Tools of the Trade
When I was lucky enough to shoot my very first deer, I had my good friend come over to help me to gut out the deer. I passed over my duties, and handed him the knife (which I had sharpened about a week prior). I made sure to take note on what he was doing and the technique we he used while gutting out the deer, and then he asked for a rope.
I was not aware of the essentials you needed when you actually get the deer. It is a good idea to bring a rope with you when you are going out. So make sure bring a rope with you, along with a tarp as well. You can get these items at your local hardware store.
Having the tarp will help you with dragging the heavy deer back to your cabin, or truck, and keep the cavity of the deer clean from any debris.
Know How to Handle Your Weapon
If you are not at all comfortable with your bow or your gun, there is no need for a rope, knife, or a tarp. It is critical that you get as much training, and shooting practice in before the season starts. You are going to need to improve your shooting skills, and understand your ability, and the gun or bow's ability too.
Get comfortable with the distances you are going to be shooting from. This is going to help you in judging the distance when you are in the field. If you are planning on hunting in open areas, it may be best for you to start shooting around 50 to 100 yards, and proceed to move up to about 200 yards.
If you are going to be hunting in the forest, then 50 yards is going to be about the longest shot you will be making because it is going to be more heavily covered.
Scouting for other types of game, is different from scouting for deer. Some people, like myself, prefer scouting from a distance. You are going to be looking for any deer movement. You can use binoculars from the roadway, or a path.
The best time to go hunting, is early in the mornings, or late in the evenings. This is the time where the deer are usually more active. If you choose to go hunting close by, a good time to go hunting is before you go to work, and after work.
If you choose to hunt on public property, you will find a lot of places to hunt. You want to make sure you plan on hunting on a handful of properties, so you will not limit your chances this season.
With the help of technology, this has given hunters the opportunity to scout without ever leaving their house. You can use Yahoo maps, Google maps, and other sites that have satellite maps. All these tools are all free of charge. Some of the services you can use offer topographic maps too.
Topographic maps give the hunters a bird's eye view of any property covering North America. Advanced technology can help hunters spy on the deer by accessing their phones without ever walking into the forest or the woods. Convenient, right?
Get Ready For Your Big Day
Now it is the big opening day, and you have done everything in getting yourself prepared. Whether you choose to hunt on the ground, or from a tree, you need to position yourself depending on the direction of the wind. You want to be facing the wind, that way the wind will blow your sent away from the deer, where they are likely to approach.
The wind is going to be changing direction from time to time, but these are the odds that you are needing to play. Once you have settled in your hunting spot, you need to be practicing the shooting lanes, or practice swinging your bow.
By doing this, this will take the guessing out of the actual shot and mentally preparing yourself for the moment when the deer is finally in range.
Now, It is the Moment of Truth
Ready to finally shoot your first trophy buck? Now that you have done everything right for this moment, it is time to put all your skills to use. Hunting for your first time, your first goal is to fill the tag, and start learning from this experience.
A legal hunter is a good deer hunter, and it also makes the deer legal too.
Some states have regulations that you need to adhere to. So, the first thing you need to be doing is determine if the deer is in fact legal. Some of the restrictions or the requirements depend on the antlers. Check your local area, that you are going be hunting in, to get a clear description on what is legal, and what is not.
If you are not sure, you can always call your local department of game and fish and find out.
Don’t be afraid to ask, most of these people are more than happy to provide you with the regulations, and might even give you some helpful tips for your big day.
Now that you have prepared yourself and gotten the requirements and regulations for your game, it is now time to start focusing on the vitals of the animal.
Don't focus on the antlers, or even the surroundings. The vitals you want to focus on at this point is the clear signs of the vegetation, and finally pull that trigger, or draw back on the bow and release the arrow.
You want to target the area on the deer that is just above their front shoulder. To distract a walking deer, you want to grunt or whistle, and they will stop to take a look at their surroundings, and this is the time for you to take that perfect shot you have been waiting all season for.
When you finally shoot, hold your confidence. The deer most likely will not fall over immediately. In most cases, the deer will run for a period of time, so you need to be prepared to follow the deer to his final resting area.
Typically, this can take up to a couple hours. In the case where the deer does not feel pressured, it will lay down within about 150 yards of your final shot. If you happen to hit the deer in the area where it does not take them down, you will need to be prepared for a second shot.
If you miss the deer completely, it is best to let the deer run. If you missed the deer when it was at a standstill, the chances of you hitting the deer when the deer is running, is a pretty slim chance. You need to be prepared for this, because now you need to start tracking the deer if you in fact shot him the first time.
If you choose to let him go, without shooting the deer, simply wait for the next deer to pass by.
If you are in fact prepared and have practiced this, and relaxed at the time of the first shot, then missing will not be a concern for you.
Because this is your first time hunting, it is best if you have a mentor with you, so it will help your chances of a successful season. Having an experienced mentor, they can help you in evaluating all of the aspects of a successful hunt.
They will be able to help you in correcting any mistakes you may make before you even make them.
So, put your pride aside if having a mentor is a possibility for you. If you don’t have a mentor, it is best to ask someone who has the experience.
In my time, I have met a lot of people through hunting, so if you see a fellow hunter, don’t be ashamed to ask how their day has been, and I'm sure they will be able to share some helpful tips with you as well.
In some cases, they will share with you where the most activity is for getting your first deer, or even help you out on your journey.
You never know. The majority of people that I have met are fellow hunters I came across during my first few hunts, and they are good friends and my fellow hunters till this day.
Actually, a very good friend of mine actually tagged her first deer last season. She was the only person in our group of eight to get a deer. One of the greatest things about hunting is when you get your first deer, not only are your friends happy, but hunters you don't know, but see on your way back carrying that big buck will be happy for you too.
Keep in mind, it may not be a feast at the Olive Garden, but when you hunt, fellow hunters are like family. So get on your good foot, and tag your first buck. Cheers.
Three Tactics For Attracting Rutting Bucks
by Travis Faulkner
November is finally here and you can feel the tension building in the air! Mature bucks with swelled-up necks, bad attitudes and testosterone pumping through their veins are on the prowl. Without question, the sight of red-hot scrapes, fresh rubs and daytime rutting activity have all deer hunters on edge right now. However, even with things busting loose, a lovesick buck can still be difficult to intercept and tag during the rut.
For good reason, a combination of increased hunting pressure and the overwhelming urge to breed can drastically change daily routines. If connecting with a rut-crazed buck is proving to be difficult for you right now, then give these hard-hitting tactics and strategies a try the next time you hit the woods.
Attack His Nose
During the rut, it’s actually possible to attack a buck’s nose and turn his main line of defense against him. Strategically pulling pre-soaked drag-lines with doe estrous scent to your setup can definitely generate some action. Instead of dragging the scent straight to your stand, try making a complete circle around your entire setup. This enables you to cover a lot more ground with your scent and increases the chances of coaxing a cruising buck directly into a cleared shooting lane. Another 360 degree attack option is to hang several fresh scent-stations from overhanging branches that form a wide circle around your stand. Both of these scent-application techniques can exploit a buck’s nose throughout the rut.
Attack His Ears
Hitting a fired-up brawler with estrous doe bleats, tending grunts, snort-wheezes and rattling are all great ways to attack his ears. The trick is to gauge current deer behavior, body language and the initial reaction of bucks during your calling sequences. These in-the-field observations will allow you to accurately modify and customize your calling. Sometimes subtle estrous bleats alone will be all it takes to sweet talk a giant into range. Other situations may demand aggressive calling such as agitated grunts and snort-wheezes. Your ability to diagnose the current mood of the deer and apply the right calls will undoubtedly increase your shot opportunities.
Attack His Eyes
When bow-hunting the rut, setting-up a basket-racked buck and doe decoy combo will help add some realism to your setup. It’s amazing how effective decoys can be during the rutting period, especially when hunting open areas that offer good visibility. In addition, mixing your scent-application strategies and customized calling tactics with decoys will enable you to attack all three of a mature buck’s senses. When things get tough this November, be sure to reach into your bag of tricks and rely on rut-attack strategies that are capable of producing some action-packed trips.
Sorry for the LONG read,
but this was an AWESOME hunt I just had to share..Headed to a stand I had seen good buck sign at Saturday morning in a DENSE fog. Had a little trouble finding it in the soup but finally got settled in @6:15, a little late but it was still pretty foggy so I figured I was OK. The fog finally broke @ 6:45 and looked to be a pretty nice day, although a little warm. Not much moving but squirrels until 7:15 I hear the splish splash of a deer crossing the small creek directly BEHIND me. I look back over my shoulder and a NICE high rack eight is walking straight for my tree. Nothing I can do at that point but be still as he walked DIRECTLY under my tree, on my off (right) side and started crunching on acorns. I then noticed he had a long double main beam on the right side..a really cool looking deer! Man I wanted that deer!!
But I was frozen with him SO close just watching him eat..Finally he looked back the way he had come and I stood up. He crunched a few more acorns and looked back again, I grabbed my bow. Now I was ready, but he just stood there, eating without a care in the world it seemed, right at the base of my tree on my bad side. I knew if I tried to draw he would bust me so I just waited. (VERY hard to do, haha). I figured he would walk onto the ridge eventually, maybe check the 2 scrapes just in front of me? Seemed like HOURS I just looked down on him as he stood there crunching away, but was only about 5 minutes. Man what a nice beautiful Buck!! Now he alerted?, WTH?..did he smell me?,
That’s what I figured, he was SO close. But He was focused on the ridge, ears flared, looking at SOMETHING??.
Then he just turned and trotted back the way he came??..Talk about being bummed out, my heart sank..I had blown it!!..well not quite. The 8 had seen another buck coming down the ridge and decided to leave I guess? I hear him coming now, then see him, a “decent” Public land buck (for a bow anyway). Not nearly as nice as the 8, but he would do. I have not even pulled my bow string on one so far this year. I watched this guy make a new scrape and work another (very cool), then beeline straight at me to stop and work a scrape maybe 15-20 yards in front of me. While he was “pre-occupied I drew, put the pin of the Keller low on the crease of his shoulder and let fly. He tore out of there and stopped at the creek and just stood there? I was sick, how could I have missed so close??..then he started slowly walking off and just fell over! I got down and found my broken arrow in the scrape, complete pass through.
I followed a CRAZY blood trail to the deer. I had put the RAGE (1st time shooting a RAGE) right through his heart and out low in the middle of his chest (see pic). One of the most exciting bow hunts I have ever had!!! I can’t wait to get back after that double beam eight though. I LOVE bow hunting!! Thanks for reading.
Deer Attractant Reviews
If you have been anxiously waiting for the upcoming deer hunting season, then you have probably been training hard these days, practicing and perfecting your hunting skills. It is useful to go through different techniques and tips for making the most out of your deer-hunting excursions. However, one tip that should never be underestimated is the use of deer attractants.
Deer attractants serve a unique purpose of luring deer into areas where you want them to be so that you can make the perfect kill. While there are many deer attractants available for use, only a few have proved their merit for the hardcore whitetail deer hunters. The following are four deer attractants that every deer-hunter should consider using before their hunt.
Apple Flavored Attractants
Apples are known for being a deer’s favorite flavor. So what better way could there be than to use apple flavored attractants? It is for this reason why such attractants have been in use for several years and many hunters testify to its success and value. There are a host of different attractants that hunters can use such as apple scented liquids and apple scented blocks. The company Gander Mountain, is a well known distributor of apple flavored attractants.
Orange Flavored Deer Corn
Deer corn is another type of attractant that hunters use. However, the orange flavored deer corn sets the bar to a whole new level. Developed by the Orange Corn Company located in Texas, the orange flavored deer corn is quickly setting itself as a new standard for the best deer attractant. The company is responsible for all activities in its value chain from cultivating the corn crops to growing and harvesting it in Rio Medina, Texas, where the grounds are very rich in nutrients and other minerals. So for those hardcore hunters who do not want miss the slightest action, they are highly recommended to try out the orange flavored deer corn.
The C’mere Deer is another attractant known for attracting deer like magnet. For instance, the C’mere Deer Promised Land Deer Attractant Kit contains a unique and powerful combination of Buck Juice, Corn Coat, and Sweet Spot. The Sweet Spot, a powdered blend mixed with F5, is a powerful mixture that is very effective in attracting deer from great distances via sense and smell.
Buck Nut Deer Scents
Produced by the company Buck Nut Deer Scents this company consists of a number of deer attractants. Two of the most popular ones are Peak Estrous and Peak Rut for example their Standing Estrous is a premium deer scent product that is a mixture of very powerful attractants and almost literally lives up to its name. It does not require any mixing and its effect can be noticed instantly upon application.
End note Whitetail deer hunting season is very close. To best prepare for making the most out of it, hunters should make proper use of not only their hunting skills, but also their use of the aforementioned deer attractants.
The Best Deer Attractant