Deer are the hoofed ruminant mammals forming the family Cervidae, one of the healthiest animal protein sources. Deer Hunting is a unique experience whether or not you bag a big one.
“To hunt successfully, you must know your ground, your pack and your quarry.” __K. J. PARKER
So, to increase your chances of success, you must consider some essential pointers for your deer hunting adventure.
This article will help and guide you about
Preparation before the hunt
Necessary steps during the hunt
How to make the perfect shot
After the hunt
The following steps will help you to get ready for the adventure
Learn the laws and get your necessary permit
Take some proper equipment
Learn how to dress properly
Find the best location to hunt
Bait your area
Visit your local law enforcement office and apply for the permit you need for bow hunting or shot hunting accordingly. A permit should cost anywhere from $40 to $200, depending on your location. Do what is required of you to obtain a firearm, as it is the most popular form of hunting deer.
Aside from your weapon, you're going to need some equipment essentials when you go on your hunt. These can change according to your personal preferences.
Your fanny pack must have the essentials for hunting as a bug repellent, compass, lighter, flashlight, knife, small first-aid kit, etc.
“You can have anything in life if you dress for it” –Edith Head
Your dressing is more important than you think; while dealing with other hunters trying to blend in, sitting for long periods, what you decide to wear is a crucial decision.
Deer can not see orange color well. Check state regulations for how much orange you need to wear.
Here are some pointers on where to look for deer:
Bigger bucks tend to bed and rest in shady, thick creek bottoms.
Choose the old swampland, dense cedar thickets, most inhospitable places.
The places where men are most unlikely to tread. Such sites are best to find deer.
If you have your private land for hunting, it is preferable to plant a food plot and bait your area correctly. Baiting is an excellent idea to attract the deer, deer particularly like
Many states won't let you hunt within 300 yards (274.3 m) of bait so stop baiting a week or ten before hunting.
You should take the following steps
Keep in contact with your family
Entice the deer
Conceal your odor
Observe signs in the woods
Hunting is enjoyable and memorable with responsible friends and family, if you want to enjoy hunting alone, then you must keep a fully charged extra battery with you and must stay in contact with your family and must follow the time to return that you have already decided.
Seasoned hunters use myriad techniques to lure the deer over their waiting area. You can try more options as
Rattling antlers send signals that other bucks are dueling; use this to lure the bucks from far away.
Deer have a unique smell and hearing sense, so use cover scents to conceal your odor. Masking your odor is a good sign that you are going to make a perfect shot. Suppose you do not have a cover scent, use “baking soda” instead. Baking soda is a cheap scent cover for all manner of hunters. Mix it with your soap and have a bath before you leave for hunting.
Rubs, game trailers, scrapes are signs of deer frequenting a particular area. Choose your location within the shooting range from the signs.
To get the perfect shot you must
Don’t make any movement
Stand up as soon as you get the chance
Aim the neck shoulder or brain
"Patience is the first weapon you need for hunting."__Pritam
After you are done with the preparations described earlier, the only thing left to do is wait for the deer.
Don't take a far-off shot; shooting to kill is a lot easier when your deer is within 20 or 30 yards (18.3 or 27.4 m).
It is important to stay quiet and still as much possible as you can; otherwise, you risk spooking the deer. Your quietness also depends upon the kind of weapon you are using.
If using a bow and arrow, be very methodical when you load your arrow in the draw.
If using a gun or crossbow, have your weapon fully loaded with the safety on.
Try to stand up when the deer is not getting close enough, but be careful if you are late, you may spook the deer.
Keep in mind that shooting in standing position is very unstable so try to shoot in sitting and kneeling position.
Place your shot 6 inches (15.2 cm) up from the chest, right behind the front leg it will help to kill the deer humanely. You can also aim at the neck and brain.
After you hunt the deer you may
Inspect the blood spots
Follow the blood trails
When you find make sure deer is dead
Learn how to field dress a deer properly
As a responsible and professional hunter, you must know how to kill deer, and it is your most important duty to hunt humanely; look at the blood on the ground to know what kind of a shot you make
If the blood is pink with brown hair, then it means you've probably hit the heart or lung, so the deer is somewhere close.
If the blood is thin with white hair, you shot in the stomach, and you probably missed the one-shot kill, follow the blood trail and deliver another kill shot to eliminate it humanely.
If the blood is dark red with brown hair, you've probably hit the deer in the liver.
Follow the Blood trail it takes you to your deer
Use fluorescent light; it will make your job easy, especially at dawn and dusk.
In a spray bottle, use hydrogen peroxide and mist it on the ground; it will foam the blood and help you to follow the trail.
Make sure the deer is dead so you may easily drag it out of the woods with your friend.
You can master it with practice and experience, as handling meat in the field is a craft you can’t learn it from the directions. Try to find an experienced hunting partner, and make your hunting trip memorable.
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