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More Deer Hunting Tips

Calling and Decoys

Always carry more than one call. If the grunt call isn't working try using a softer or deeper tone than you have been using or switch to a fawn bleat. It also doesn't hurt to have the rattling antlers ready. No one sound will attract all deer. So find a call that the buck you're after will respond to. Good luck and remember above all else to be safe.

Deer Decoying

Don't get human or unnatural scent on the decoy. Use gloves when carrying and positioning the decoy, then spray it with deer scent or cover-up.

Deer Camp

Whenever you approach a hunting camp, weather it is your group or another group, it is always a good idea to announce your presence. "Hello the camp" is somewhat of a standard for hunters to say as they approach a camp. This will keep from startling the other hunters.

Deer Rattling

Bucks respond to rattling out of curiosity and dominance; they want to find out which bucks are fighting, and if there is an estrus doe with them. Rattle near areas bucks regularly use; buck feeding/sparring areas, buck bedrooms, doe feeding and staging areas, and dominance areas of rubs and scrapes.

Deer Transport

I keep a 4-foot by 4-foot plastic tarp folded up in my day pack. After dressing out my deer, I wrap the deer in the tarp and drag it out. The tarp keeps dirt and debris out and the deer slides along the ground a lot smoother. This works even better with a couple of inches of snow on the ground.

General

It is very important to wear a watch while deer hunting. You need to know when legal shooting light starts and stops. Your watch is also important when your are coordinating with your hunting partners. Deer have very good hearing, so don't forget to turn off your hourly chime and the alarm on your wristwatch.

Guide Services

If you are looking for a hunting outfitter and guide, try attending a few gun shows, big horn shows and outdoor expo's. You can usually find outfitters and guides booths at these shows. By talking face to face with your prospective outfitter or guide you will be able to get a better feel for them and a lot more information than you would get from an ad or over the phone.

Meat Preparation

When deer hunting, you should always carry a good sharp knife. When it is time to clean your deer you can put this knife to good use. If you are also skinning your deer, one sharp knife might not be enough. I usually bring a utility knife with extra blades so you don't need to sharpen your knife in the middle of your project. It just takes a minute to put a new blade in the utility knife.

Muzzleloaders

If you shoot your muzzleloader, it is very important to clean your barrel at the end of the day. Black powder residue is very corrosive and it will ruin your barrel. If you keep your muzzleloader clean you will have a more accurate shot when the big one comes out.

Optics

To keep your eyeglasses from fogging up, on you, from body heat. I coat my glasses with anti-fog paste that is used on scuba diving masks. It can be picked up at your local dive shop or sporting department. You can also find anti fog eyeglass products at snow skiing shops. This also works on scopes and other optics.

Rifles and Cartridges

If you ever get caught in the rain or snow, and need rifle protection and you forgot to bring your gun oil, try this trick. Take the oil dipstick from your vehicle's engine, and smear the oil from it on your gun metal. If you require more oil, just dip it again. This will allow protection until you return home to properly clean and oil down your gun.

Scents

Two to three weeks before hunting season go to the general area/areas you will hunt and gather a sample of the leaves, grass, soil, etc. in a scent free bag. After laundering hunting clothes, hat, gloves and face mask with unscented detergent, store them in the scent free bag. Be sure to store all hunting attire in the scent free bag, boots, gloves, etc. If possible have a second set of clothes in an additional bag. This permits rotating hunting attire frequently to remove any additional body scent. If another area is to be hunted, a second bag would be representative of the scents for the area. Another tip is to lightly mist the sample with water before storing the hunting attire. The moisture in the scent free bag will help the scent absorb into the clothes faster.

Scoring and Measuring

To be counted a point, a projection must be at least one inch long and at some location at least one inch from the tip, the length of the projection must exceed it's width. Beam tip is counted as a point but not measured as a point.

Scouting

Here is a cheaper alternative to bio-logic. Go to your local feed store and buy enough turnip seed to cover your food plot times two. The key to any good food plot is to fertilize, fertilize and fertilize. I have about a one acre food plot and we put on just over 600 pounds of fertilize (13-13-13) on it. Bio-logic is nothing more than super-fertilized greens. But remember deer will not touch the turnip greens until after the first frost of the year. The frost takes the bitter taste out of the leaves.

Tracking

The best place to shoot a deer is in the chest area. Find the best aiming point on a deer by picking a spot one third to halfway up the side of the deer and right behind the front shoulder. The chest area holds major vital organs and veins and arteries. The chest area is one of the easier shoots to make, because it is one of the largest areas of the deer. The chest shot will damage very little meat and will result in a quick and humane kill of the deer.