Have an exit plan

One of the best pieces of advice was given to me years ago: Never let the deer know you are hunting them.

It seems so simple, but yet the concept rings so true. It’s also easier said than done.

I am guilty of educating more than one deer in my lifetime. I’ve also learned some tricks to aid in my attempt of being successful.

So many times hunters have “favorite spots” in which they love to hunt. Maybe you only have one stand which you hunt every year. For that I say, be careful in when you hunt that stand.

What are the factors to consider when hunting? First and foremost for me is wind direction. If you know the travel routes of deer, don’t hunt the wrong wind. The easiest way to ruin your favorite stand is to head to your stand and sit there for 3-4 hours with your scent blowing in their bedroom.

Another factor is entry and exit points to your stand site. Walk tree lines or creek bottoms, avoiding open areas as much as possible. If you want to ruin your favorite hunting grounds, walk through the middle of a field. Nobody’s camo is that good.

Next, think about your light. I cost myself a deer years ago due to my headlamp. I had a deer on camera headed right to me on a trail 10 minutes before first light. But because I was climbing with a headlamp on, the deer never made it to me. Turn your lights off as soon as possible.

If you are a treestand hunter, consider sitting in a fork of a tree to break up your outline. Tree branches can restrict shooting direction, but they can also assist hunters by blending into the surroundings.

If you think about the wind direction, noise, lights and line of sight, it may help you be a better hunter.






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