Hunting Tips

The following hunting tips were submitted by hunters who through experience learned a valuable lesson. They have shared those tips. Please feel free to browse, read, and contribute to this section of BGH.
Get a Grip, Buddy!
Jim Boyd
I cursed in the darkness as I tried to get situated in the climbing stand and start the ascent up the tree. The tree had a good degree of taper and as a result, I had set it at a fairly severe angle, so that it would hopefully be level once I reached an...
Pre-Season Scouting in the Winter
CVC
For years, I did my pre-season scouting in the spring of the year.  It was not until recently that I found that this is not the best time.  The best time to scout an area is in the winter months soon after deer season has ended. Consider in...
"Back Door" Stand Locations
CVC
Consider installing a “back door” when you place your whitetail deer stands.  The “back door” is a way to get into or out of your stand without spooking the deer.  Consider a stand that I placed on the edge of a crop field. My general route...
Don't Forget the Sharp Right Turn
Serious Hunter
Don't forget, when tracking or trailing a Whitetail buck, about the `Sharp Right Hand Turn.'  By that I mean - time and time again - I have noticed that a Whitetail buck (healthy or wounded), exiting the scene, will bound straight over a hill, and...
Don't Overlook Small Wood Lots
Jim Boyd
The hunters eyes bugged out of this head! Seventy yards away, a 180 class buck had just stood up from the undergrowth! Well out of bow range, the hunter was powerless to shoot. Over the course of the next three days, the buck was sighted two more times....
Follow Up Archery Shot - Are You Really Ready?
Jim Boyd
The buck jumps the fence, 22 yards to the left and out in front of the stand.  His antlers are tall and wide, a shooter with no doubt.  Well defined muscles ripple on thick shoulders as he hits the ground and immediately drops his nose into a...
The Lowly (and Lonely) Compass
Jim Boyd
There it sits.  Alone and forgotten in a desk drawer or maybe in the bottom of your hunting pack.  The lowly compass.  Primarily initially replaced by the hand held GPS and now even by the new “smart” cell phones that include GPS,...
Choose Your Reticle With Care
Jim Boyd
Man, the choices now are staggering...There are more reticles available than you can shake a stick at!In most cases, these are also a substantial upgrade in scope costs, too.Most of the newer reticles seem to be designed for long range shots (...
Streamline Your Pack
Jim Boyd
“You don’t need that” my loving wife stated flatly.  Hovering near her, sporting goods catalog in hand, I tried to counter “But look Honey, it holds 2150 cubic inches of gear”, as I tried to give her my best loving look.  “Nope, you do not need...
Keep One "To Burn"
Jim Boyd
Here is a bowhunting tip that I had used years ago and had forgotten about until this week... I had not bowhunted in almost two decades so I am very rusty! When hunting, bring one good arrow that is set up exactly like all of your other hunting arrows -...