Deer hunting is a sport many who love spending time in the outdoors learn to love. If someone is just a beginner they might find it a bit intimidating though. Using a real weapon and tracking and killing an animal in the wild is thrilling but a bit scary for the newcomer. But this is a sport and a tradition that over the years has passed down several great tips for getting started.
It is important that you start things off on the right foot. This means it will be necessary to contact the game and parks commission to see what type of license you need. It will depend on the time of year and what type of weapon you will use to hunt with. These licenses will be different depending on the state you plan on hunting in.
To get a license it is normal to be required to take a safety course for hunting. Being new to the sport there is plenty to learn from the course. Very often it will give you terrific tips of keeping yourself and others safe. Some of them even offer tips from seasoned hunters on how to get your first buck.
Nothing is more disappointing than being at the right place and the right time and then failing. You find a beautiful buck in your sites and all that is between and bagging your first is air and opportunity. You fire and miss. Tragic.
While making the perfect shot might be your goal, it will be necessary to gain experience simply shooting. It doesn’t matter if you are using a gun or a bow, the more time you spend at the range firing the more prepared you will be when that perfect moment comes. As well as firing, it is necessary to practice while in positions like the ones you will be in when hunting. Doing this will make the difference between regretting the one that got away and proudly mounting your trophy kill on the wall.
Often new hunters think the problem is that they never saw a deer. The real problem was that they were too easy for the deer to spot. Noise must be kept to a minimum when tracking. New hunters will want to chase when close to a deer, but this is an instinct that should be controlled and avoided. Choose clear paths so you don’t make as much noise and if a noise does sound when near a deer stand still for a long time.
The deer will look for the cause of the sound for much longer than people generally do. This is why you might need to stand still for a few minutes. If moving fast becomes necessary then it is best to do it in a way that is different than most people would. Move in short steps and fast spurts and then stop for a bit.
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When you are preparing your stand you should clear away twigs or other debris that could make noise later when you are trying to make the shot. This will make the shot clearer and will eliminate the need to avoid the items in an effort to be noiseless.
As keen as a deer’s sense of sight or hearing is, it is their sense of smell that is the greatest. If you walk in the direction the wind is blowing then your human smell will travel and the deer is likely to know its in danger. Take a shower before you go and use unscented soap. Don’t use cologne or deodorant that is scented. Understanding how the wind can carry scent is among the skills you will want to cultivate.
Deer are often animals of habit. They drink and eat and do other things in the same places and times of day much like a routine. When you learn their patterns you are more likely to succeed with your hunt. Using both your own observations as well as talking to experienced hunters in the areas can give you an understanding of the local deer’s patterns. Try learning each time you hunt and it won’t be long before you are no longer a beginner.