A deer is a unique animal. It is always hunted for its meat and at times the antlers. Mostly these antlers grow to an impressive size. By observing the antlers, you will be able to tell the age of the deer. The antlers are structured in a very beautiful manner. These have made human beings to have the force of attraction drawing them near the deer. The simplest way of owning these beautiful antlers is by killing them.
The meat drawn from a deer is so succulent and sweet. It can be prepared by roasting it over red hot charcoal or by making some stew over it. At the end of the meal, everyone happens to enjoy a lot. Hunting a deer requires some skills and tips on how to go about it. Remember, the deer is a very clever animal.
Here are some of the tips to guide you through this deer hunting expedition:
1. Where to hunt
There are several places to hunt deer. It can either be a public or a government-owned piece of land. Usually the government has secluded parcels of land where the public is allowed to practice their hunting skills. Mostly, the parcels are less crowded. They are not known by many hunters. It's therefore easier to find these animals there.
2. When to hunt
Hunting a deer will also depend on the time of the year. During winter, you will need to dress warm, have a wood-burning stove and something to scare away wild animals. You may need a roaring fire to keep you warm over the cold night. Most deer hunting takes place between late summer and the early fall. During this season the deer are so much concerned about food. It will be seen moving in search of corn and soybeans. At this time of the year, you can lay an ambush on them. This can be done when they are searching for pasture or while feeding.
In September, the feeding patterns change. The grass that was once green is all covered with snow. The days are short, nights are considerably longer and chilly. The deer need to stay focused. It starts to mark its territories by scraping and rubbing. Deer can be hunted during any time of the year. Study their patterns to know where and when to find them.
The effort you put on this deer hunting thing determines the results later. Hunting is better at the start of the season, search for deer around rivers and creeks, fields, thickets and even travel corridors. Remember to carry your maps always.
While scouting, look for droppings too, as they pass droppings on their way. Observe them to distinguish between droppings from small deer or mature deer too. Take note of their trails. This will help you get insight on how they travel throughout the day. Make sure that you observe the animals from a distance. This will ensure that the animals are not scared at all.
4. Dress code
When hunting deer, whatever you put on matters too. Use an elevated tree stand to have a clear view of the field. Set up ground blinds two weeks prior to hunting. These blinds are warm and so our bones remain dry. Ensure that the deer does not notice any movement. Participate in drive deer of hiking on a rugged terrain. Our clothes should not be tight on your body. This is to improve breathing and stretching of the body. You should never lack a binocular with high resolution. Have a camera with the highest resolutions and a big SD card. You should not hang the cameras too high. Check the direction of the wind. This will make sure that you do not send your scents in the direction from which the deer is. Sit somewhere to have a better hunting spot. Stay clear out of the deer sight.
5. Calling the deer
Wheezing, rattling antlers and bleating are some ways to use when calling the deer. These options are best for communication with the deer. When it appears, shoot the animal in the chest area. Someone may wonder why; the chest area has vital body organs that will be affected highly after the shot.
Get an experienced hunter to show you the ropes. Get a good meat processor to observe the meat. There is a lot more on deer hunting than what we just discussed now. It takes courage to be a good deer hunter. Try it out.