Deer hunting has been alive and well for thousands of years across the globe from the Scottish Highlands to the outback of California. This has been the case often as a necessity for population control, or as a recreational activity engaged within depending on specific country’s’ regulations and laws surrounding the practice.
This widespread nature of the industry means that there is a wealth of knowledge on the practice and theory within it. Opinions vary, as with any activity of this highly specific and skilled nature, but some things remain consistent throughout, whether passed down through experience or studied in the relevant literature. These are some of the rules/keys that most people in the deer hunting industry live by.
The Organization Is Key
Deer, like nature itself, are unpredictable animals and the truth of the matter is that you will never be able to know exactly how your deer scouting is going to go on the day. You can, however, carefully organize what you do actually know. This includes everything from your schedule, your destinations, to your plans and the likes.
Navigation Is Key
If there is one thing you want to be absolutely unwavering about, it is where you are going or where you intend to set your hunter’s stand. This includes the obvious: being able to read the map. Reading all the key elements of a map will enable you to move swiftly around, as well as keep you out of harm’s way. While you will hopefully have a solid idea of where you are going at any given time anyway, there are always going to be encounters where you are outside of your depths.
If you think ahead, you will check things like the weather forecast for the day, or the spotting schedules of where deer have been, or are likely to be. Use the resources that are available to you, organizing and controlling your situation to such an extent that you make up, as much as is possible, for the things you can’t control.
Deer tracking means reading the signs provided to you by nature. You should be reading are your deer tracks and environmental signs. Not only is it important to read them in order to follow the deer, but it is also useful to back a step and know where the deer went prior to the point where you found the tracks. Knowing where the deer have been meaning you know what it has experienced – whether it has fed, whether it will be looking for shelter, or water, and so on.
Education Is Key
One of the most underrated elements of deer hunting is getting down to the books and studying. It is as much a sport as it is a craft. Considering how long deer hunting has been around, you can rest assured knowing there is plenty of information on the topic. Most of it can be accessed online, but you will also be able to find most of the information you need by asking your local game agencies – who know their area better than them?
Your attire is key. Being successful means committing to the entire persona of a deer hunter. This will improve your chances of success. Wearing products without scents, so that the deer are not aware of your presence, will do this. As will wearing clothes with minimal tracks.
Commitment Is Key
As with anything, the higher the input of effort, the more you get out. Get yourself out there and commit yourself to your trade or passion, the more you know the more you will get back and the more likely you are to find what you are looking for.
At the end of the day, it’s important that you keep the information you gather or learn about yourself. While the prospect of relaying or sharing your tricks of the trade to other Scouters like yourself may make you a winner in your social life, it will also reduce your advantage on the playing field.
It’s key to know where you are going, but even more important to know where you should not go. A process of elimination is helpful when evaluating the areas to avoid. For instance, identifying a place where a deer would be comfortable sleeping or identifying a plant that a deer would want to eat.
Winners know when to stop, they say. Well, it is the same when it comes to deer hunting! Knowing your schedules and the area will allow you a full understanding of the hunting season. Do not overhunt, and know when enough is enough!
With these techniques in mind, you will hopefully have the tools what it takes to ensure you have a much higher success rate when it comes to deer hunting. You’ve got to remember that you are always in competition in this industry, as long as there exist a limited number of potential deer to hunt – to be the best at it!