Thursday, October 4, 2012

Deer Hunting Tips

Great Deer Hunting Tips For Tree Stand/Ground Blind Placement, Spotting Deer and Taking The Critical Shot

It’s that time of year when outdoorsmen feel a certain giddy longing that they don’t feel during the hot summer months. They can feel it coming on stronger like a quickening and can smell it in the crisp clean fall air. It’s a feeling like no other. Like a deeply planted seed rooted completely into your soul. And when this feeling comes around. The big game deer hunting season has arrived!

With a childlike enthusiasm you know it’s now time to dust off your hunting gear. Sharpen you hunting knives, oil down your deer hunting rifle; test your tree climbing equipment and stock up on hunting supplies such as hunting clothes, deer scents and maybe a new grunt call.
But before the opening day of the hunting season arrives and it's time to do the
necessary pre hunting rituals that all good experienced hunters always do every year, such as scouting for deer sign, looking for tracks, scrapes, rubs and scant. Finding a good climbing tree stand or ground blind placement can sometimes seam difficult and downright unnerving. You want that perfect spot were you know you will always see the game that you are pursuing. And you want to be able to take the correct actions when the big moment arrives to bag that huge deer of a lifetime. So here are some Supreme Deer Hunting Tips that can help you take that big buck that you have always dreamed of.

Before we begin I would like to tell you a story. A story about myself and why I have written this article. As a young boy I was naturally attracted to nature. My father was really not an outdoorsman. We went fishing at times but never went hunting. As I got older a friend of mine, Bob invited me along with him on a deer hunt. I loved it and I was from that day on,  hooked for life! I proceeded to purchase my first deer hunting riffle, a 30.06 Remington. We hunted every single year and he would always harvest a deer. Usually a spike or a four pointer, but I had bigger plans. I wanted to get those big eight pointers with the nice heavy racks. I proceeded to test every location in every situation I could find. I read and consumed every deer magazines known to man like a mad man. Bob would always say, “Why do read those things? You won’t be able to get big dear like in those magazines"! He couldn’t have been more wrong. He refused to take pointers from any of my books or magazines. Don’t get me wrong, my friend Bob taught me a lot of the basics and good tactics. He was a very good teacher, but at some point I began to get bigger and better bucks than the teacher.

As I read all the magazines and books and I would learn new ideas and strategies. Bob would hunt the open woods and I would hunt the thicker stuff. I started to take nicer and larger bucks each year. And Bob, Well… let’s just say, he has a whole garage full of spikes and four pointers on the walls.

Now even though I learned a lot from those hunting magazines. They never really helped me with some critical things. Stratagies that I had to and had learned in the field. Like spotting that perfect place to put a stand in any hunting location. Or the perfect way to spot a deer and take the shot without ever losing the game. Let’s face it, if you can’t find the perfect spot to hunt from, you will never see deer, see enough deer or get consistently close enough to take deer when you’re hunting. And if you don’t know the correct way to spot, respond and shoot the deer, you are not going to have that huge rack on your wall or venison in the freezer.

I've had to learn that the hard way. By years of trial and error. I have decided to put the best advice I have learned out of all those years, brake them down into a few critical tips and provide them here. They may not seem to be much on the surface. But they may be some of the best tips you may ever find.

Ground Blind and Deer Stand Placement

How to Hunt Deer: Stand or Ground Blind Placement

I find that most of my friends like to put there stand right smack in the middle of a nice clear woodlot were they can see far and wide. But I disagree. I consistently bag large bucks where there is some thick brush, a winding overgrown stream or swampy land bordering a nice woodlot. Put your deer stand or ground blind facing the open woods with your back to the brush. Be sure to wear some good quality waterproof hunting boots if you are hunting in or near a swampy area or bog. Old big bucks avoid hunters, live longer and are bigger because they are smart and cautious. They tend to stay in or follow the thicker brush or swamp line before, if at all, going out to the open woods to feed. If you are in the open woods, they may get wind of you or spot you before you get the chance to see them first. By hunting border lines of brush or swampy areas you get the chance of spotting him sneaking through or along the line before he can detect danger or inspect the open woods.

Try to hunt in a bottleneck. There are many different kinds of bottlenecks that you may or may not have noticed. They are everywhere, you just have to look carefully and they will become obvious to you. Here are some examples. A long stretch of thicker brush between two woodlots. A small stream or brook that winds between two swamps, large ponds or through the center of open woods. A small stand of cedar trees or pines in the middle of a woodlot. Or something obvious like a nice stretch of woods between two fields (great for bow hunting).

Taking the Shot and Spotting Deer

How to Hunt Deer: Spotting Deer and Taking the Shot

Always keep your ears open or uncovered as much as possible. Most of the time I will hear the deer before I can even see them.

Look for movement of the deer instead of the whole deer itself. Rather then glassing the entire woods in one slow sweep it best to stare at a specific target for a minute or two such as a log, a branch, a stick or a rock. Then quickly proceed to the next target and so on until you have scanned the entire line of the woods. Then proceed back. If there is game present you will spot there movement from your peripheral vision. Quite, jerky but fast (with long periods between intervals) with minimal movement on your part is always better (have you noticed that all cautious and wild animals do this?). With this technique, I always see the flicker of an ear, tail or hoof long before I actually can see the whole deer or spot one by slowly glassing.

If you see one or more doe’s. Stay put and be patient. Many times there is a buck hot on doe’s trial. You may see a buck anywhere from a few second to an hour after the doe’s have passed. Even if a buck does not follow. You know you have a great hunting location. If there are doe’s in that area then there are always bucks. You may not see him this time, but if you consistently hunt from that location, and see doe’s, then I can promise you that you will see the big bucks eventually.

When you see deer and the adrenalin in your system kicks in don’t panic or make quick movements. Take a couple of deep breaths. Look to see if it has antlers; DO NOT concentrate on the antlers! Just confirm if they are of legal size for your hunting area and concentrate on your shot placement. If you concentrate on where you are going to shoot the animal you be will less likely to get buck fever ( a symptom of a heavy dose of adrenalin such as uncontrolled shaking or nauseousness ) Don’t be the guy on the hunting trip that always says he saw a ten point buck but could not get a shot at the deer. Chances are if he concentrated on the shot placement rather than counting the number of points on the antlers he would have bagged a nice buck instead of having to tell a story about how it got away.

If the deer won’t stop you can whistle or grunt loudly (a loud “baaaa” sound like imitating a sheep should work) aim quickly with you deer hunting rifle but don’t rush. It’s better to shoot accurately rather than wounding or spooking the deer. If you spook or wound the deer, you probably won’t see that buck in that area ever again. Make sure to take the safety off. Nothing is worse than having that perfect shot lined up for a huge buck to find the safety is on and then the deer walks away. Then take the shot. If the deer is just browsing wait for the deer to graze with its head down. Squeeze the trigger slowly rather than jerking the trigger. I find that I get my best shot placements when I don’t anticipate the moment of the shot. I squeeze slowly and the shot rather than anticipated is unexpected.

After the shot make a mental note of were the deer was standing when hit and the last location seen. This is very important. It will give you an indication of which possible directions to look for the deer. Especially if the blood trail ends and you need to revert to tracking the deer. Always wait at least one half hour after the shot before leaving your blind or stand to approach or track the deer. Be carful when approaching a downed deer or any other game. Always approach from the back side of the animal. Prod with an object such a stick or the end of your rifle before moving or touching. You want to be completely sure the game has died. Once you are sure. Only then should you proceed. Now you can touch and admire the beauty of the deer, check the length of its antlers and field dress the carcass. Although you may feel like crying out with joy, be mindful of other possible hunters in the area. You can celebrate as loud as you want as soon as you get back to your vehicle or camp.

I hope this Deer Hunting Tips article was enjoyable and has given some valuable knowledge that you can implement. At the very least it may have gotten you exited about the upcoming big game deer season. Have fun. And good luck on you hunting endeavors.

Please subscribe to my Deer Hunting Tips blog for my next article which will cover blood trail tracking, field dressing, preparation, butchering and packaging of your venison for the freezer. And soon to come: How to make your own Deer Hunting Videos and how to take awsome Whitetail Deer Hunting Pictures. I will also cover some of the Deer Hunting Games on the market.

Please feel free to suggest any comments and other Deer Hunting Tips you may have.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Blood Trail Tracking After The Shot

So now you found a great spot to put your tree stand and you spotted some deer and all of a sudden you see a big buck. You kept calm checked to see if he had nice antlers and took the shot. You waited at least a half hour before getting down from your stand. As you walked to the location you see the signs of the shot taken. There is a nice blood trail but it’s starting to get dark. What do you do now?

If you took my recommendation to remember the location of the last place you saw the buck then see if you can see where that location is from where the deer was shot. Now use some paper towel or whatever you brought to clean yourself after dressing the deer and place it on a branch. Follow the blood trail to were you last saw the deer.

Now that you are at the location where you last spotted the deer. Place another marker on a branch. Start to follow the blood trail making sure not to step on the blood. If the blood is starting to lessen than put a marker at each place you spot blood. What you are trying to do is make an exact path that the buck was running. Each time you stop to place a marker. Look toward the direction that you perceive the deer was heading and see if you can spot the downed animal. Look for anything white. When a deer is down you will usually see the white of their belly, ears or antlers.

If the blood starts to really thin out look for signs of the hoof tracks. Wounded deer are usually run very hard so there tracks are deeper and easier to find then ordinary tracks. But if the tracks are not obvious then the buck at this time was walking. Look for sign of disruption on the leaves, usually a wounded deer that is walking often staggers.

If the blood trail completely stops. Do not go rummaging around. Go to the last marker that you made and look down the trail of markers you created. This will usually determine where the deer was heading. Now look in the direction that the deer went and in your mind think were you would go if you were a wounded deer. You would not try to climb a hill or walk through thick brush. A deer will always take the easiest path when wounded. Is there a stream, bog or pond nearby? Deer will usually go to water, exec ally when they have a gut shot. Continue on slowly, making sure not to disrupt leaves or any sign of the trail. Frequently look in the direction the deer went and try to spot the deer.

If at any time you kick up the wounded deer (the deer was resting and bolts when approached) DO NOT try to shoot. Try to determine were the shot was made. If it was kicked up it probably was a gut shot or a badly placed shot. Stay still and look to were you last spotted the buck and see if you can see the deer. If you can, determine if another shot is needed. A good sign of when a shot is NOT needed is when the deer’s head starts to bobble. The buck will most likely be looking back toward you. If needed try to shoot at the upper neck area (it will make a quick kill and won’t damage the meat further). If you cannot see the deer wait at least another hour and approach the area last seen extremely slowly. You will probably find the decease deer close by.

When you do find the downed deer remember to approach from the back side, prod the deer before touching. And always be very careful. Congratulations, you have successfully taken a nice deer and will have tasty venison in your freezer. Now it’s time to do your duty and field dress the carcass.

My next article I will cover flied dressing the deer and extracting the carcass from the woods.