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First Weekend

Last weekend we hunted both saterday and sunday. The only deer we saw were in our subdivision and we did see a big bull moose. Since there was snow it was easy to see where the deer had been, and we only found tracks in a couple small areas. Thanks for all the tips. I still have two more weekends of hunting!

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it sounds like you're problem

it sounds like you're problem is pretty normal... though i can't say i ever had the same problem :whistle:  i would try this first. 1. make sure you are properly equiped with and make sure to effectively use your binoculars. keep them on a harness and use them often. point them at every little shadow and such that stands out. 2. make sure to move quietly and with purpose. every time your head comes over a ridge, you need to be looking for deer and not focused on your companion. keep your head up and seldom look where your feet fall. walk carefully and slowly, keeping your eyes up. 3. spend some time at a park that's known to hold lots of "city deer" there's usually one around every city. and practice glassing them and field judging the bucks.    out of all of these tips, number 2 is what most people struggle with the most. and it's why i always spot animals before my hunting partners. plus, it saves you lots of time and legwork from having to find more deer.

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How do you walk quiet and

How do you walk quiet and carefully if you don't look where you're stepping? You'll end up making noise.

You look where you step.....stop....then look around....look down...take a step....stop...look around.

Still hunting.  Yes

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Take off you heavy boots and

Take off you heavy boots and put on a couple pair of heavy socks and then go walking through the woods.  I do this all the time when I am stalking a deer or elk during the bow hunts and there has been a time or two that I have had a small problem finding my boots afterward. 

You learn to pay attention to where you are putting your feet quite quick. 

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critter's got it!   the thing

critter's got it!   the thing i do is plan my foot falls 15 feet or so in advance using my peripheral vision. it takes practice, but after years of doing it, i've become more athletic and "surefooted" by doing this. it really does take getting used to. you also need to change the way you move your feet. roll along the outside edge of your foot from heel to ball, then place your foot down. it's more stalk and less still, kind of hunting. butthe important thing is to mind the noise you create by walking. and to not be distracted moving your head around constantly scanning the ground and looking for deer. every movement makes a difference.

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If it's not wet, I wear

If it's not wet, I wear moccasins. Very quiet, and I feel every little twig before I snap it.

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