10 Whitetail Hunting Tips
Here are 10 whitetail hunting tips that can help you be successful with your deer hunting. Hunting deer has long been a popular sport, and a necessary survival activity for some, and in some areas deer populations are increasing even with more hunting. Going hunting is more than just taking a gun into the woods and hoping for the best. The most successful hunters make a lot of preparations. Having success at hunting requires a lot of work and effort. As is true in most things, putting more effort in will increase your chances at success. What you do before going into the woods is just as important as what you do while hunting.
- Begin deer hunting well before the season begins. Your hunting preparations should begin as soon as possible after deer season closes each year.
- Always be safe in the woods. Wear hunter orange and always be absolutely sure of what you are shooting at before pulling the trigger.
- Consider using scents to both mask the human smell and to attract deer to your hunting stand. Deer calls are sometimes used as well, but hunters differ on their effectiveness.
- Scout areas where you will be hunting in the off-season to learn about deer patterns. Plan your hunts based on what you learned during scouting in the offseason.
- Learn from others in the offseason. Read as much as you can about hunting, and talk with experienced and successful hunters to learn more. Whether you are a novice or an experienced hunter, there is always something new to learn.
- Using trail cameras are a good way to find out where deer are. Plant motion-sensitive video cameras along trails and other areas where you think deer may be. This will confirm whether or not there are deer in the area. Do this both before and during the season.
- Work on your shooting skills in the offseason. Target practice as much as possible with the weapons you will be using during the season.
- Try to hunt as often and as long as you can. Many hunters spend a couple of hours in the early morning hours and a a couple more in the evening. Those who spend the entire day in the woods have more success.
- Try to avoid crowds. If you can hunt away from other hunters, you will increase your chances.
- Be selective. Don't always shoot at the first deer you see, which will increase your chances of getting the best possible animal.