As a novice, you might consider adhering to the advice of other wild-game hunters, especially when an experienced strategist offers invaluable tips for blacktail deer hunting. You might have conducted the proper research, acquired the necessary equipment, and tagged a few small game animals, such as pigeons, pheasants, rabbits, squirrels, doves, quails, chukars and cranes. In fact, you might feel confident enough to move into big game animals, such as antelope, black bear, buffalo, elk, bighorn sheep, turkey, mountain lions, mule deer, white-tailed and black-tailed deer. Black-tail deer hunting requires knowledge on the subspecies' range and habitat, reproductive cycle, sexual identification, feeding grounds and watering-hole location points, and natural causes of death. Honing in on these wild creatures will help focus the scope on your hunter's rifle to land the perfect shot.
- Scout or scan the perimeter before big game season starts. Black-tail deer are nocturnal animals, which means they only come out once the sun sets and dart back into the brush right before dawn. Black-tail deer hunting requires a process known as scouting, or surveying the range and feeding grounds before the big game season starts. Scanning the range for tracks, droppings, watering holes, bedding areas, and game trails should help assess the animals' habitual patterns. Most black-tail deers live within a few square miles, which narrows the chances of finding the same buck you've been scouting all summer when it's time to hunt.
- Scan the range for sheds. Experienced black-tail deer hunters scan the range for antler sheds. Shed hunting allows the black-tail deer hunter to find the biggest bucks in a given area. Spending a little extra time surveying the range for bigger buck antler sheds will help determine whether the area is a worthwhile investment.
- Hot and dry weather conditions. During the summer months, hot and dry weather conditions will work as a disadvantage for black-tail deer hunters. Black-tail deer have a heightened sound awareness in their natural habitats, which suggests strategic pre-positioning before dark. Getting in the right spot near water holes or creeks will help keep the noise at a minimum and increase the chances of landing a trophy black-tail buck.
- Invest in a tree stand. Statistically, not many black-deer hunters use tree stands. Tree stands enable hunters to hide above passing buck, which offers an exceptional vantage point. Tree stands also offer a greater degree of comfort, rather than crouching down into the brush where potential noise may scurry the biggest bucks away.
- Assist other hunters. Off-road black-tail deer hunters will drive around hoping to spot a buck in their pathway. Unfortunately, many bucks dart away from high-pressure areas; however, hikers pre-positioned around a high-pressure area might have those bucks driven right to them. Use scent blocks and conceal yourself downwind from the road while carefully listening for deer movement.
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