We’ve gathered some hunting tips to aid you in the different seasons. Following these hunting tips can certainly help you to have a more successful and safe hunting season.
- Choose cover scents correctly to mix with the different environments you hunt in.
- When you are shopping for a new bow sight with fiber optics, the durability of the fiber-optic pins becomes one of the greatest concerns. You should look for a sight that has the fiber enclosed to prevent damage and breakage.
- Make sure your rest provides enough fletching clearance for good arrow flight. If it doesn’t it may affect tuning.
- Don’t make the assumption that big bucks will use the same feeding areas in September and October that they used in July and August. Deer feeding preferences can change dramatically from late summer to early fall.
- Contrary to a long-held belief, big bucks don’t always walk into the wind. Always keep this thought in mind when looking for stand sites. It just might pay off with more big buck encounters.
- If a buck you are tracking becomes aware of your presence, he will run ahead to a pocket of cover and then watch his back trail for you before going out the other side. You can often fool a buck by circling a patch of cover and ambushing the buck when he slips out the back side of the cover.
- If you shoot at a deer with a rifle and it runs away as if unhurt, don’t take it for granted that you missed the shot. Always investigate the spot for hair and blood. A mortally wounded deer may bound off as if unhurt, but then drop as soon as it stops inside secure cover.
- When hunting deer from a tree stand don’t wait for the perfect shot. If you pass up a few good shots when the deer first appears, you may never get that “perfect” shot and the animal will wander off. Instead, as soon as an acceptable standing broadside shot is presented within your accuracy range, draw and shoot.
- Never take a running bow shot at a deer. Very few archers have enough experience to know how much to lead a fast moving deer. Instead, whistle or grunt to make the deer stop, or wait for another deer to come by that is not moving so fast.
- Have you ever questioned whether or not to go hunting on a rainy day? Many people that I have spoken to do not go hunting at these times-they are missing out!! I have seen many large bucks during these conditions. Like all wildlife, deer can sense a change in the weather long before we can. This is why it is also very productive to hunt right before a storm. Deer change their bedding areas and eat before, during, and after a storm. I like to position myself between bedding areas during these stormy conditions
- Wear rubber boots to reduce ground scent. This will help prevent deer detecting your presence.
- When following a recent kill trail, don’t shout or make loud noises. This may alert the deer if it is still alive and cause it to run off.
- Always wear some type of safety belt when you are going to hunt from any type of elevated position. No exceptions! Accidents happen every year so it is imperative to keep your safety as a number one priority.
- TURKEY HUNTING SAFETY Many factors are important to a turkey hunter’s safety. Often overlooked is fatigue. Many early mornings in a row can cause us to be too tired to make quick, accurate decisions. Hunt when you can…rest when you need to.
- So you didn’t draw a turkey tag? You can still go hunting, and maybe even have more fun! Put on the camo, grab the calls and head out with the video camera or 35mm.
- WORKING ONE DUCK-Duck hunters sometimes make the mistake of trying to call to a whole flock of ducks. To be more successful, watch the lead bird in the flock and pretend it’s the only one up there. If your calling can fool that duck the rest will most often follow.
- Ducks get uneasy on windy days. They fly more and are much more susceptible to your decoys. The nastier the weather the better the hunting.
- Even with a good dog some ducks are occasionally lost if you don’t take measures to insure recovery. Shoot wounded birds on the water just as soon as they drop. Just make sure the wounded duck is well away from the dog when you shoot. Don’t assume the dog will catch it. Many ducks will dive and grab vegetation on the bottom rather than be caught by the dog.
- Tide tables are a very essential part of any coastal waterfowlers equipment list. Great danger can come from being cut off by the tide while you are far out in a marsh.
- When you get up if it’s a crummy, rainy day don’t think it is not a good day. Head for the fields, look for the birds in open places and try to put the sneak on them.
- Geese usually shy away from fence lines, ditches, woods and brush piles. Geese know that these areas tend to attract predators, so keep your decoys in open areas.