10 Hunting Tips For Whitetail Deer
Here are 10 hunting tips for whitetail deer, which can help you have a good hunt. What you do when it is not deer season is just as important, if not more important, than what you do during deer hunting season when hunting deer. Preparation, planning and developing your skills are the most important areas when it comes to having a successful hunting season.
- Education is perhaps the most important thing you can do. Read all you can about hunting deer and talk with experienced and successful deer hunters.
- Always be willing to learn new things. What worked five years ago may not work now, and if what you are doing is not working, there is no sense in continuing something that does not work.
- Safety should always be a major concern. Be absolutely sure what you are shooting at is in fact a deer. Never point your weapon at something you do not intend to kill, and always assume the weapon is loaded.
- Scout the area you will be hunting all year long if possible, but do it at least a few times leading up to deer season and during the season before your actual hunt. You need to learn where the deer are and what their habits are.
- Consider using scents to hide human scent and to attract deer. Some hunters do not believe this is helpful while others do. You might try it in different ways to see if it works for you.
- Hunt as much as possible, which seems obvious, but many people only hunt a few hours in the morning or late afternoon. The more you hunt the more chances you will have.
- Do something different. Try hunting in the middle of the day. Most hunters are taking a break from hunting, which frees up more area. Most trophy class bucks are shot during this time of day.
- Only hunt when the wind is in your favor. Abandon your stand if the wind is against you, or carrying your scent into the direction of where you believe the deer are likely to come from.
- Practice using your weapon of choice throughout the year to hone your shooting skills. Regardless of the type of weapon used, you will likely get only one shot, so you need to be able to make that shot count.
- Avoid hunting areas where other hunters are. As much as possible, hunt in remote areas by yourself. Deer are smart enough to know where hunters congregate, and avoid those areas.