Deer hunting/hunting in general, is an activity that many people love and enjoy. Everyone wants to have something to show for their hunting trip. There are several tactics that will benefit you and help you reach your goal. We’re going to hit a few highlights that we think are important.
Replacing your maps is a great idea to make sure that everything is up-to-date. You will be surprised how much can change during the year. Keeping everything current will save you a lot of time and you will not have to run around looking for great places to hunt. Having a GPS that can be used via your phone or hand-held, is nice to have. Also, using onXmaps, it will help you find areas to hunt that are public and private.
Getting the game land ready is a great idea. You have to get the game moving in the directions that you want. Some do this by laying out food for the game and others do it by scent markings. The idea is for you to chase the game, not the game to chase you. In some states, “baiting” is perfectly legal, but in other states it may be prohibited. It is a good idea to know the hunting regulations in your area.
When you are hunting, there are several things that you may have change since the last time that you decided to go out in the field. One detail that you will have to look out for in this situation, are the regulations and rules. When you have picked a place where you would like to hunt, check online to view the regulations that are associated with that particular area and state. Some states may only let you hunt with a certain caliber or it may only be bow season, or black-powder season. Some states are then broken down into which days you can hunt and what time of the year you can hunt. Just make sure you follow all state, local, and federal laws.
Binoculars and Scopes
These two items are very important in the deer hunting world. You will need to make sure that your binoculars are bright and that you can see clearly out of them. Keep in mind that the adjustment knob must be free and easy to use. When you pick out your scope, make sure it is exactly what you are looking for, be it either V-Plex or BDC design. Today’s scopes are coming clearer and clearer out of the box and come in all different price ranges. Also, make sure to have your scope sighted in with your ammunition that you’ll be using for the big day.
Out-of- State Hunting
Relying on Friends
Although hunting with your friends may be fun, keep in mind that you should not rely on them to bring any needed materials. Make sure that you have everything that you need. Also, make sure you have a good, clear line of communication in place (phone, walkie talkie, etc) during the hunt. Make sure to tell your family or other friends where you’ll be hunting and about what time you’ll be back home (check-in times). Relying on your friends can cause minor and major delays. It is best to have everything you need in order, packed, and ready to go the night before the big hunt.
Here is a list of a few items that you might want to consider/need: Drivers License, Hunting License/Tags (State/Federal), Rifle/Shotgun, Ammunition, Hearing Protection, Camouflage/Blaze Orange Items, Binoculars, Backpack, Thermocell (Mosquito Months), Food/Water/Coffee, Chair (if using a ground blind), Warm Clothing (During Winter Months: gloves, beanie, dual-layer jackets, thermals, boot socks, etc), Boots (Rubber, Hiking, etc), Knife, Multi-tool, Flashlight, Game Callers (Turkey, Buck, Duck, etc), Phone/Walkie Talkie/GPS, and compass.
It is crucial that you keep all of these hunting tips in mind. When you do this, your hunting trip is bound to be a great one. The more you hunt, the more you will learn and grow accustom to different things.