8 Deer Hunting Tips To Make You A Better Hunter

8 Deer hunting tips to make you a better hunter 

by Charlie Parker

Deer hunting is one of the top choices of hunters in America if we take into consideration the 11.4 million deer hunters that registered in the fall of 2020. 

If you’re a veteran, you already know that deer hunting is a game of patience and skill that entails strategy and preparation.

If you’re a newbie, you probably need all the help you can get. That’s why we’ve compiled a set of deer hunting tips that will put you on the right track:

1. Odors spook deer 

When deer hunting, it’s crucial to be odorless. Deer have very sensitive noses that act as defense systems, alerting them to any predators. Yes, that means you too!

Shower with scent-free soap right before going into the woods, and make sure the towels you use to dry off, as well as the clothes you’ll be wearing on the hunt, are scent-free, too.

2. Use a scent eliminator spray 

Bring an odor eliminating spray with you on the trip, and make sure to use it when you arrive at your tree stand. Apply it to your entire body, especially on your hat and hair. 

3. Pay attention to the wind direction 

A good hunting strategy always takes into consideration the wind direction. It goes hand-in-hand with scent control because wind can carry your scent to your prey. 

Do your homework when it comes to knowing the areas where the deer sleep, feed, and travel. The better you know their moving patterns, the less likely it will be that the wind carries your scent to them. Always stay downwind of where the deer are.

4. Get familiar with the land 

If you’re hunting on a piece of land you have access to, make sure to scout before the hunt. If you don’t have full access to the property, use Google to see an aerial view of the area.

5. Put your phone away 

Technology might be your enemy when you’re out on a hunt. If you’re busy scrolling on Facebook or Instagram, you’re not paying enough attention to your surroundings, and you’re making it easier for the buck to spot you. 

Our best advice is to keep your phone inside your jacket and your eyes on the prize.

6. Choose a weapon you’re comfortable with 

Whether your weapon of choice is a rifle or a bow, familiarity and proficiency are essential. Choose your weapon months ahead of the hunt and make sure you practice with it adequately.

7. Invest in additional equipment 

You’ll need more than just a rifle or a bow on your hunting trip. A good pair of night vision goggles will make all the difference if you’re hunting in the dark. Additionally, make sure to use a rangefinder to be able to accurately measure how far your prey is. To be a good hunter, precision is crucial.

8. Dress the part 

Your hunting clothes should be weather-appropriate. Choose clothes that will keep you warm during the colder seasons and lighter ones for warmer days. A quality waterproof jacket is a must-have, but you might also want to look into waterproof pants and boots. Choose clothes that will help you blend in, but don’t forget to add a blaze orange item. Deer can’t see red or orange, but your fellow hunters can. An orange hat or vest could literally save your life when it’s rifle season. 

Practice makes perfect. No number of tips or research will ever compare to the experience you’ll get while out on the field. Prepare in advance, and make sure to retain the knowledge you acquire from frequent hunting. 



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