Deer hunting can be an extremely rewarding experience, but even some of the most seasoned hunters miss some of the most important steps to get the most out of their hunting experience. Fortunately, you will find a list of the best tips available below so that you can score an amazing buck on your next trip to the great outdoors.
One of the most important factors in hunting deer is reducing your smell as much as possible. To do this you should thoroughly shower before leaving using a scent free soap. You should also wash your gear in a laundry soap that is all natural and scent free. Then store your gear separately from your other items to ensure that they do not become contaminated. Deer have a very strong sense of smell and will be able to identify that something is not right about an area from a great distance.
Even if you have been extremely careful to properly wash yourself and your gear you will want to use an odor eliminator. You should spray yourself down when you first go outside and then again when you reach your destination. Be sure to pay close attention to any exposed skin, your hat and your hair. You can also use any dirt and debris at your location to further cover your smell. Simply rub it all over your clothing and gear.
If you wish to attract a buck to your area the best tool is using doe estrous. It is most effective during normal mating season, but could be helpful anytime that deer hunting is permitted. During peak season you can soak a rag in the doe estrous and drag it behind you on your way to your prime hunting location. Any buck that is in heat that finds the scent is quite likely to simply follow the scent right to you.
If you have purchased any new equipment for the year you will want to practice setting it up and using it. The last thing you want to worry about once you reach your hunting destination is figuring out how to set up your tree stand or work your new crossbow. Not only do you want to be knowledgeable in how to properly set it up, but you also want to be able to do so quietly as not to startle the deer and other wildlife in the area.
Use the tips above to improve your chances of getting that perfect shot this season. Missing just one step can spell disaster for your trip. Remembering these tips will greatly improve your outcome.