Whitetail Hunting Tips #1

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5. Hunt where there is the highest deer numbers in your area with good habitat and minimal pressure.

4. Go where no one is or has gone, go that extra mile where others don’t venture that often.

3. Know the land you're hunting before the season starts, walk through it making mental notes about bedding, transition, and feeding areas.

2. Scouting, if possible start your scouting early in the summer the deer haven’t had any pressure for some time and will tolerate a small amount of human interaction.

1. Train your eyes to pick out the unordinary in the bush and transition lines of the deer's habitat. the advantage is to you when you can pick them out first. Its huge when it comes to making that game plan, we all know to well how heart breaking it can be to get busted on a great buck.


groovy mike's picture

you WILL find game that they never see.

It is so true that if you go where no one is or has gone -  that extra mile where others don’t venture that often that you find game that they never see.    

I was blessed to take my moose just a few hundred yards off the road in an area that had been hunted HEAVILY in the first hundred yards away from the road.  I saw other hunters in that area and one guy was literally walking out as I was walking into the area.  The first hundred yards from the road were covered in boot tracks (over moose tracks).  But a hundred yards beyond that, there were no boot tracks – only moose tracks.     

You can see the result in my avatar pic (God is good!).

numbnutz's picture

good stuff, thanks for

good stuff, thanks for sharing

ManOfTheFall's picture

All great tips.

All great tips.

Great tips thanks for sharing

Great tips thanks for sharing

jaybe's picture

Very Good

I was a bit surprised when you had the tips numbered from 5 to 1.

Than I realized that #1 was last because it was the most important - - at least in my mind.

"We all know how heartbreaking it is when we get busted by a buck" - Over the years I have been busted so many times that I'm alsomst used to it!

 It's like the T-Shirt I just got for Christmas that says, "On a clear night, I can almost hear the fish laughing!"

In our woods in Michigan where I hunt, the density of the foliage makes it difficult to see very far.

Consequently, it isn't unusual (at all) to walk around a patch of brush or even a single pine tree and sometimes find a deer standing there, waiting for you to expose yourself.

Then it snorts loudly, spins around and bolts away, leaving you in such a state of shock that your knees simply turn to jelly and your hands refuse to do what is necessary to send an accurately-aimed projectile after it.

Learning how to "pick apart" the woods so that a deer becomes visible while you still have a prayer of being able to make a decent shot is what separates the good hunters from the rest of us.

I keep trying to move into that select group of good hunters - but I ain't there yet.