If you’re looking to go deer hunting, then you should know that it is not always as easy as people think it will be. There has been quite a few times when I’ve been talking to some who doesn’t hunt, about hunting, and they will say it can’t be that hard. All you have to do is go out in the woods, wait until you see a deer, and shoot it. It can happen that way if you’re lucky, but it can also waste a lot of time if you are not. How lucky you are can also depend on where you live because some areas have a larger deer population than others. By reading the information below you should be able to significantly increase your chances of getting a deer.
About White-Tailed Deer
Deer are very cautious animals, and are almost always on alert. Most of the time a deer will see you before you see them. They have good eyesight, and hearing, but their sense of smell is probably their best sense. During the day they are normally bedded down in the woods, but they will sometimes walk around to find food or water. They like to bed down in really thick areas so they can avoid being seen. Deer are primarily nocturnal so they move around more at night. The best time to hunt for them is just before it gets dark, and just as the sun is coming up. Their breeding season (usually called the rut) can vary slightly depending on where you live, but it is usually between October and January.
What Deer Eat
Deer eat a lot of different foods, and depending on where you are the foods may be a little different. Foods like acorns, apples, beechnuts, berries, grass, and corn are some of the most common foods that deer eat. During the winter months when a lot of food isn’t available, they will eat things like bark, twigs, and buds.
Picking A Good Hunting Spot
When looking for a good place to hunt, one of the first things I look for is a food source. Once you find one you should start looking for deer sign such as tracks, droppings, and trails to make sure deer are coming there. If you find deer sign you should try putting a trail camera on a tree facing towards the food source. You should leave it out for at least one week. Doing this will let you know how often the deer are going there, what time they go there, and it will allow you to see some of the deer in the area. If the deer are going there frequently, and showing up during legal shooting hours, then you can put a tree stand near the food source. If you are using a bow, then I would recommend putting the stand about 15-30 yards away. If you are using a gun then you can try sitting a little further away. If the deer are only showing up after dark, then you have two choices. You can try finding the trail they use to come to the food source, follow it back to see if there are other food sources they could be using at an earlier time. Or you could look for a different spot. You can also try putting a camera or tree stand near a scrape or rub line.
Scrapes & Rubs
Both scrapes and rubs are made by bucks just before the rut. A scrape is a spot on the ground that bucks dig up with their hooves. These are usually made under a low hanging branch. Bucks leave scents from their saliva and head on the branches and urinate in the scrape. A rub is usually made on smaller trees. Bucks make these by rubbing their head and antlers against the tree. They leave a scent on the tree with a scent gland located on top of their head. Bucks make scrapes and rubs to tell other bucks that this is their territory.
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