The what do you call a deer with no eyes joke is a joke that you can only make happily when you are a success in your deer hunting efforts. If you love the outdoors, then deer hunting will definitely prove to be a very exciting activity for you. Deer seasons bring lots of excitement to veteran buck hunters as well as newbies who can’t wait to test their hunting skills in the real field for the first time. But whether you are an experienced hunter or an excited beginner, you will need to know what to do throughout the hunting process to be a success. Here are a few tips that can help you work your way to success so you can animatedly make the joke.
Tip 1 – Take measures to cover your human odor so you do not end up spooking the deer. A good start of a hunt day is to shower with a soap that is scent free right before heading out. Your hunting clothes should also be stored in such a way that they do not get contaminated when making your way to the field. When you enter into the hunting field you should be having only naturally occurring scents that permeate the hunting location. Your hunting clothes should also be washed with scent-free detergent before the hunt and properly stored.
Tip 2 – Use doe estrous as a tool, but ensure that you do so only during seasons that are most suitable otherwise it will not make any sense to the buck. In early season, only buck’s territorial instincts can lead you to success but during peak rut, then you can soak a rug in doe estrous and drag it to create an easy to follow trail that will bring the buck to where you are.
Tip 3 – Consider carrying an odor eliminator to your tree stand. Applying the odor eliminator after walking to the stand is a more appropriate approach compared to spraying it down after you get suited up and ready for the trek to your stand. When spraying the odor eliminator, make sure that you pay enough attention to the hair and hat; these are the areas most prone to start developing odors that will give you away.
Tip 4 – To keep the barrel end of your muzzleloader free from moisture, consider using an electrical tap over it especially if you know you will be hunting in wet weather. When it is time to harvest the deer, you can simply shoot through it. You also should ensure that you have the right rifle for deer hunting and more so for the hunting terrain that you have chosen to increase your success rates in the hunting trip.
Tip 5 – Before the deer season begins, practice as much as possible not just accurate aiming and shooting, but also setting up tree stands and taking it down. The practice is very important because it will put you in a position to get into and out of the spot quietly so you can have a clearer view of the buck.
Tip 6 – Make sure that your hunting area is thoroughly searched. The best and simple scouting aid you can use is aerial photos and this doesn’t mean getting yourself an air ticker because Google Maps is more than enough to get you the valuable photos you need for the hunting trip. If you need to trip shooting lanes and are allowed to do so, then ensure that you do so during the summer. The last thing you want is to end up disturbing hunting area during the deer season. Bucks can be very intelligent and they will definitely associate freshly cut wood with human predation.
Tip 7 – Consider deer calling or decoy to bring an otherwise reluctant buck to your hunting area. To be successful in deer hunting, you must ensure that it is within reach and hence only shoot when it steps right into your hunting area. Your efforts should be focused on luring it into the perfect shooting zone and deer calling can work magic.
Tip 8 – Getting to your tree stand should remain undetected and this might call for some concealment. If you feel you need concealment, then you want to get the maximum concealment that you can find. Tree stand blinds can be very helpful in fooling a wary eye of the deer and also provide you with valuable shelter especially during harsh winds. You can also consider using a curtain or creek of the forest to help keep your entry covered.
Tip 9 – Keep yourself up for the hunting season by keeping diseases you are prone to at bay. Tick borne diseases are some of the common in ruining hunting season for hunters, so be sure to douse yourself in tick repellant especially when scouting in early fall and summer months.
Tip 10 – When deer hunting in late season, scout for reopened scrapes in deep cover. Remember that surviving bucks will be a little reluctant to come out in open country but will still look for does. If your hunting ground has snow, then be on the lookout for strewn leaves across areas they have pawed for mast. Presence of the mast should mean it is a good spot for setting up and waiting for the return of the deer.
Tip 11 – Know the most appropriate areas to shoot the deer. Vital organs are always best to target and you can tell where you hit the deer by the blood color and characteristics. For instance, streaks of pink or red blood with bubbles and brown hair will tell you that you have most likely hit lungs or heart, whereas white hair and watery blood and some stomach matter means you had a bad shot.
Tip 12 – Ensure that you remain in full body safety harness for tree stand hunts. Dangerous falls are more common when climbing in an out of the stands and you should be thoroughly prepared.