Whether you’re an entry level hunter or you’re simply dedicated and always try to get better at it, you never know too many things when it comes to hunting.
Here are some tips that may help you hunt easier and…improve your hunting skills as well. Needless to say, this won't work when the deer is feeding off a feeder.
1. Move slowly
When you’re still hunting, many of use move a bit faster than we should or we may also stay put for too long. You may use your watch for some guidance and set the time you’re standing still for yourself (5 minutes is a good period). This doesn’t mean you can’t stay put longer than that, but it helps you not move for at leas 5minutes.
2. Some quick-step for the deer
Deer is very attentive to the human cadence and we do make enough noise through the leaves. You may try to make quick steps in a short sprint for around 20 yards. You may stop and do it again afterwards. Try to be as light as you can as it’s not impossible to sound like a squirrel if you’re putting some effort into it.
3. Go solo
You may try, at least from time to time, some alone hunting. Keep the wind at your back as you want to stir deer up and put it on the move. You make a circle and do it again, but chances are deer is already confused by now and not knows anymore where you’re at. You could also sit on the flank of the area you just walked through and wait for a couple of hours. The deer may sneak back in, thinking that you’re already gone.
4. Stop when you get noisy
What doesn’t seem important to you, for animal may be an incredible alert for danger. If you’re making a loud noise, best thing to do is to stop and wait long enough. It’s not impossible for a deer to stop and stare in your direction. As long as it doesn’t smell or see you, it may come back to feeding.
5. Appreciate the quarry’s pace
It’s a great thing to make an idea about where the animal is going to be once you finished your stalk. Take a good look at the quarry to get a sense about where it’s going to go and its travel rate, whether it’s feeding or simply walking. Choose right your destination.
6. Follow carefully
Everytime you’re tracking, keep in mind that your prey is going to be alert. A fresh track means you need to still-hunt and not merely follow your quarry, especially if it’s not “lined out”, but barely picking up some leaves as it goes.
7. Set your landmarks
Stalking an animal by creating a big circle and coming up behind is efficient, but it also may become confusing for you too. Therefore, it’s important to choose a particular object on the skyline that you may easily identify from the back. It could be a tree, a rock or a fence line- anything you find easier for you to remember and recognize.
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