Successful deer hunting is not a simple matter of tiptoeing quietly through the forest with a rifle and pulling the trigger when you have the animal in your sight. There are several strategies from which to choose. Some hunter prefer the ‘stand’ technique, while others catch a buzz off stalking their quarry. Working in a group as part of a team can bring people closer together. It can be fun whether there are only two or as many as twenty or more.
Basics Of Deer Hunting
With the stand method, the hunter remains in one place where he predicts the animals are likely to come. It is a good idea to use a hide. This may be on the ground or up in the trees at a minimum of twenty feet. They may be purchased commercially or constructed from materials that are immediately at hand.
Some hunters prefer to make use of whatever natural materials are lying around. Placing the hide at least twenty feet off the ground is often recommended. This is because the animals are less likely to detect your scent, they are probably not going to be able to see you and they are unlikely to hear any unavoidable noises that you might generate. You should try to remain very still and remain downwind of the target where they won’t be able to smell your presence.
Of course, using a hide, especially high in the trees, has a number of drawbacks. The most obvious and the most serious is the potential for falling and being seriously injured or, worse, killed. It is harder to maneuver and to get a direct shot.
In some ways, stalking your prey is more challenging than hiding in the bushes. It is important to move very quietly and to keep your eyes open in all directions. It is also important to stay out of your quarry’s direct line of sight. If you are stalking deer that are close to a highway, it is best if there are trees or vegetation at the side of the road where you can hide.
In a group hunt, one strategy is for one or two hunters to wait in a spot where it is likely the animal will want to escape to if disturbed. It is the job of the remaining hunters to try and manipulate the deer to that pre-determined trap. It is helpful to understand the behavior of the animals, in particular, how they will react under pressure, and to have a good understanding of the terrain and the vegetation.
A lot of hunters are convinced that the ideal way of predicting where the animals are going to be most active is to be aware of the phases of the moon. If you can forecast this, you have a good chance of making a catch. Breeding patterns are also influenced by the moon.
There are a variety of methods to choose in deer hunting. Some involve the use of a hide, either up in the trees or on the ground. Others involve stealth. A third method is to function as a group and surround the animal. Whichever technique you choose, develop a good understanding of the animals’ physiology and behavior, have a sound knowledge of the local habitat and bring with you an abundant supply of patience.