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Need tips for 1st time archery deer hunt before the rut

I will be bow hunting deer for the first time this year and I know how to hunt rut and pre rut(scents, rattling, calls, etc...), but other than scouting, what are some tips I can use to attract deer to where I'll be sitting.  All advice will be greatly appreciated.

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I'm sure by the way you talk

I'm sure by the way you talk you will probably know most of these tips. Always try and be down wind where you think they will come from. Try and be concealed as possible. With bow hunting you will really need to keep your movement to a minimum. I also use camo from head to toe. Some people won't wear gloves or a face mask but I always do. Try setting up on well traveled routes to and from food sources. That big buck many times will come from the same general direction as the other deer do but will use the trails that aren't defined. This is a big key when hunting the early season. You may see the big boy but because he is on the path that is less traveled he won't be in range of your stand. I always use my grunt call, early, rut, late. Hunting with the bow you will have to be so much more careful with your scent than you do with the rifle because everything is close up. I hope these will help you out. 

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tips

Thanks for the tips, I do know them , but thought there might be some things I didn't know since I haven't bow hunted before.

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i would have to say that

i would have to say that something most people over look is their movement. do your absolute best to move slowly. you can be moving all the time if you need to, but move slowly and try to watch your noise.

depending on where you're hunting, you may not have to watch your scent. i killed a nice buck last year on opening day, sweating hard and smelling of diesel fuel from working all day.

but if you're out in the middle of nowhere, you may rethink dousing yorself with fuel from your pickup.

fortunately though, some states allow a strategy of deer attraction that works above and beyond all other forms. baiting.

since i hunt where i keep my horses, i scatter out an extra few cups of grain where we feed in the pasture, and every night, the deer come in to clean up what's left. it's not like i sit on top of a feeder, but i hunt the ravine they travel to to get to the pasture.

put a little sweet mix (oats and hay pellets with mollasses on it) on the ground and everything comes runnin.

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Eyes and Ears

To expand on a point that ManOfTheFall brought up, Use your eyes and ears to locate the Deer and don't be afraid to relocate your stand if you hear or see the Buck that is out of range or is not where you expected him to be.

I have wasted many hunting days because I was reluctant to move my stand even after I had seen or heard the Buck slipping thru where I was not expecting him to do so.

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scents?

You mentioned scents but you can use difefrent kinds.  The rut type of scents like 'doe in heat' and 'buck bomb' might not be super effective before the rutting activity kicks off.  But can you use curiosity scents to draw deer in?  Something like vanilla etcetera that might just bring them your way to see what smells so good?

Whatever you decide, let us know what you tried and how it worked!

Thanks - Mike

 

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Good luck , and let us know how you make out!

SDWolfden: Can you use any attractants where you hunt?  In the state of New York you can’t use food as bait but we are allowed to use scents.  These include curiosity scents like vanilla and even food scents like green apple, but I think more effective might be the rut related scents that you already mentioned.  I’m talking about scents like ‘Doe in Heat’ etc.   

 

Good luck , and let us know how you make out!

Mike

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I don't know

I don't know that I can give you a lot of "tactical" tips that you don't already know.  It seems from what you've said that you already know and practice most of the common behaviors good hunters use.  From my "name", you may have picked up that I have done a bit of hunting with a bow.  And I have been fairly successful.  Not the greatest bow hunter in the world, but I've done OK.

Here are my two tips.  Number 1..... be patient.  That may sound trivial, but it could one of the most important things you do.  Stay in one place and don't move.  I can't tell you how many times in my younger days that I got up and moved to a "better" place because I saw animals there.  (out here in the West we can see a long ways at times)  It always seemed that the grass was greener somewhere else.  I'd make the move and then watch deer standing right out in the open, less than 20 yards from where I had just been sitting.  BE PATIENT.  Stay where you are.  Don't always be in a hurry to move to a better place.  I have been accused of having ADD (attention deficit disorder) but when it comes to sitting on a deer or elk stand, I can sit for hours without moving.  There's no time that you need to be more patient than on an archery hunt.

Number 2.... be alert.  (the world needs more lerts)  I hunt with intensity.  When I get home after sitting in a stand for 8 hours, I'm hammered.  I'm totally drained.  Some have asked how I could get so tired just sitting all day.  I hunt with intensity.  My nervous system is on full alert at all times.  Have you seen pictures of sleeping hunters with big deer walking close by?  I know they're fake, but they make a point.  If you are sitting there half dozing or daydreaming about your girlfriend, you'll miss that opportunity of a lifetime.  I sit as though I KNOW a huge buck will come by at any moment.  I still-hunt with the same intensity.  I am ready at all times.  I've had lots of friends come home and tell me about all the animals they saw, but just couldn't get a shot off in time. 

Be patient!  Be alert!  Be intense! 

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This is one i'll do over

This is one i'll do over again...Last year in Ga during rut just before i got in my stand,on a bush about 10 yard's away i spray'd some code blue doe P.Had a buck chase'n a doe in hardwood's out in front of me,doe ran rite by bush an under me...with buck in tow that P on bush stop'd him in his track's...He's been sum good eat'n....just another way to use scent's....Be'n your first time bow hunt'n,practice,practice,practice...Make sure everything is snug an where it's suppose to be.Use'n new bow or old bow?...old bow,you mite wanna replace bow string...O did i mint-tion PRACTICE...If possible you mite wanna practice shoot out of tree stand height....I shoot off the roof of house...Good Luck!....Let us no how we dew....

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