Deer season is officially upon us! Undoubtedly an exciting time for all huntsmen, but did you know there are some mistakes even the most skilled hunter can make? Here are 10 things to avoid during hunting.
1. Choosing “popular” hunting locations. You may just find the buck you’ve been dreaming of in the smaller space of land. Other hunters may overlook these, depending on how far out they are from their vehicle and if there are marked boundaries. Try a different path and see where it leads, it may just take you to the stomping grounds of the big one!
2. Hunting over scrapes. Hunt, covered of course, along thinly outlined trails that will take you to the buck sign; this increases your chances of coming up on a buck as it approaches the scrape.
3. Being soft and quiet with your rattle calls. Keep rattles loud so that they cover larger distances and will attract more bucks.
4. Allowing too many to hunt on your land. If you lease out your own hunting grounds, set some rules and limits as to how many can hunt and how often they can hunt to avoid overstressing the deer.
5. Maintaining a routine. Deer are intelligent creatures that can pick up on patterns. That being said, it’s noticeable if you keep returning to the same area to hunt. Change up your location, methods, and approach. Keep it unpredictable.
6. Hunting on the perfect grounds too early in the season. Save your best spots for the perfect day.
7. You only drive during the middle of the day. During full moons, bucks move during the middle of the day and stay in cover during early and late hours. Hunting at dawn and the late afternoon is recommended if hunting during this particular lunar phase.
8. Switching stands too soon. Don’t give up after two days; most bucks travel in three day cycles. If nothing is spotted after three days, move to a different stand.
9. You assume bucks will take a funnel pathway. More often than not, they choose isolated paths to get to where they’re going, as does and yearlings choose the easier way.
10. Your scope is set solely upon popular feeding areas. With bucks, most will only join larger feeding areas at night. Check woods and natural clearings, as they’re most likely feeding off of smaller plants and spaces.