12 tips to make you a better deer hunter…
Just like deer, humans have a smell too and your odor, whether it is tamed or not, spooks deer. You can help with this by showering with a scent-free body wash before every hunting trip. Do your best to not contaminate your hunting gear and clothes on the way to your spot. You can do this by keeping the clothes sealed in a plastic container with leaves, dirt and other ground debris from around your stand until you arrive at your hunting location. Performing this easy step will keep your hunting clothing at par with the natural woods scent that permeate your hunting location.
Another important aspect of being one with the woods is hunters tend to spray down with odor eliminator just after suiting up, and prior to the trek into the stand. but experienced hunters will bring an odor eliminator with them to the tree stand. After the walk to the stand, apply an odor eliminator to your body, paying special attention to your hat and hair.
When hunting in unfavorable or rainy weather, use a piece of electrical tape over the end your rifle barrel to keep out moisture. Once you eye a buck, go ahead and shoot through the tape.
One of the worst mistakes you can make is ignoring accepted rule of playing the wind. DO your best to find a long strip of timber or cover with the wind blowing from one end to the other. At the windy end, set up some deer scents in several areas, then set up in a treestand just beyond the edge of the wooded area. If you’re set up high enough, your human scent should pass over above the deer.
Practice setting up and taking down your tree stand during the season. Doing so will get you prepared to get in a spot as quietly as possible and ensure safety. .
There are no better scouting tools to use than aerial photos of your hunting area. Just search Google Maps for your hunting area and view satellite images.
Remember to trim shooting lanes in your spots before the season, as older bucks with more sense can condition themselves to the smell of freshly cut timber and can associate that with human interference.
If moderate concealment is good, then do your best to be in maximum concealment. You can choose to Invest in treestand blinds to help fool the wary eye of a deer. This can also provide the added benefit of shelter from harsh winds.
Don’t underestimate the importance of being able to get to your tree stand undetected, and don’t think that going in under the cover of darkness will help. Make sure to use a creek or curtain of forest to cover your entry.
Try creating your own scrape. Make sure you use surgical gloves to prevent human odor contamination. Use a stick to scuff the leaves off of an area about the size of a basketball.
During the late season, be sure to scout for re-opened scrapes in deep cover. Bucks are reluctant to get into open country.
Most falls from the tree stand happen while climbing into or out of the stand. That’s why it’s important to always wear a full-body safety harness when hunting from a tree stand.