Deer hunting season is something that a true deer hunter thinks about all year. It is the planning for that perfect hunt, the perfect shot on that trophy buck that will make your buddies jealous and give you stories to tell for years to come that we all think about. As the season approaches, we go up into the attic or that corner in the garage where we have been storing our gear for the last 10 months and blow the dust off in preparation for the upcoming season. Next, we pull out the bow or deer rifle to be cleaned and readied while taking great pride and attention to detail in the preparation of the other things that are required for the big day. Then the best part, it’s time to start discussing this year deer hunting tips, strategies, and stories with your friends who will be sharing in the hunt this year. There are many different kinds of game that people love to hunt but none gives them more excitement and entertainment than deer hunting. We all have those special deer hunting tips, strategy and definitely a good story to tell in hopes of landing that “Big Buck” this year but at the end of the day sticking to the basics is what will give you the most success in the field.
Not everyone is a born expert and till you become one here are some deer hunting tips, tricks and maybe a few good stories that will help you to be more successful in the field this year. First off, know where the deer are. Proper scouting of the area you are going to hunt is critical to your success. Just because you think it looks like a great spot doesn’t mean that the deer thinks it’s great. Understand how their patterns will change as the season moves along and be ready to change your strategy with it. Example, hunting for a buck in early September during bow season has a much different strategy then hunting for a buck in November during the rut. During late Summer Bucks will stay in more open areas and trails to protect their in velvet horns. Knowing this will help you find and hopefully bag your next trophy. Knowing the essential hunting tips, tricks & strategy for each time of the season will hopefully make your next time out much more enjoyable and hopefully successful.
Most experienced deer hunters know that the best time to hunt a deer is during dawn and dusk. This is the time when deer are most active because they usually sleep at night and during the mid day. This does not mean that you won’t see deer at other times of the day, it just means that dusk and dawn are your best chances to see a deer when they are moving to feed. Get out and do some scouting before the actual hunting season begins. Scouting trips are best done early and late summer for bow season and again in the fall before the gun season starts (remember patterns and trails will change during the rut). When scouting it is important to be as wary as you would be during the actual deer hunting season. Walk quietly and be sure to not leave your scent around as you are scouting. A great place to begin as places where there are food and water sources. Start here and you will be on your way to finding deer.
Deer absolutely love acorns and they also go to places that have rye, clovers, corn and other planted food sources. If you are scouting during the summer months look for oak trees full of acorn ready to drop. Remember that spot! In late summer and early fall, those acorns will drop to the ground and that is where you will find deer. Edges of agriculture fields and areas where there is an abundance of Oak trees are a great place to start scouting to find deer. Look for track and other signs and you will know you are in the right spots. If you have GPS equipment with you, mark all the hot spots that you have come across. This will help you to locate the hot spots later on with ease.
These are just a couple important deer hunting tips, tricks & strategies. We will post many more as the season goes on. We have also posted several other helpful resources on this page. We hope you find them useful.
Have a GREAT Season!