Successful Hunters Are Prepared for Deer Season


It is a very telling fact that there are hunters who do very well each and every year, while some go for several years without getting a deer. Now I am not talking about those hunters who go on guided hunts and you will see what I mean as we discuss the issue.

Do you think those successful hunters are just lucky? When you talk to those who are consistently successful deer hunters, you will find out it’s not luck at all rather proper preparation for the hunt that makes them successful. Most of them are well prepared long before the season ever begins. They didn’t wait until the last minute to have their rifles sighted in, trails scouted and located. I personally spend about twice as much time preparing for the hunt than actually hunting.

I am scouting year round, whether it is after a good rain in search of fresh tracks, making notes of new trails I find while Turkey hunting, or even marking watering spots while fishing. I utilize the newspaper or computer to check future moon phases, or weekly weather conditions. I purchase a new hunting license before the coming season starts. I also make it a habit to study last year’s game camera pictures and compare them with the current season pictures. One can find all kinds of topo and aerial maps on the computer these days. I pay close attention to trail indicators and potential bedding sites.

All of this information you have ingested between seasons comes together while you are in your stand. You remember such things as where the watering holes are. If a bitter north 안전토토사이트 wind comes up, you will remember where the draws or canyons are so deer can seek shelter. Your mind is always racing and putting different scenarios together. This is it; you have become a prepared hunter.

Other things you must do to prepare for the hunt before it happens is to check your bow out, make sure the bow string is in good shape. Check the cams over really well, you might even want to take it to a bow shop to get it tuned up. Make sure your muzzleloader is clean and in working order. If you have a scope on it take the time to properly sight it in. Take your rifle to the range and get it sighted in properly. I strongly suggest using the same ammunition you plan to shoot in the field while at the range. Some people use the cheaper ammunition at the range to sight their guns in. When they are in the field, they will usually use a higher grade of ammunition. This ammunition will act differently than that used at the range to sight the gun in. Now that difference will not matter a whole lot on say a fifty yard shot. But at a distance of a hundred to three hundred yards it could mean the difference between a kill shot and a no kill shot.

The supplies you carry in the field with you can also make your hunt go better. I have a backpack specifically packed for deer hunting. I have such things as a first-aid kit, compass (my Dad gave me), flashlight and fresh batteries, orange hunting vest, tree harness, ropes, knives, snake bite kit and several other goodies in it.

Throughout the season I will use these things at least one time. A person will just have to work with their pack over a couple of seasons before they get comfortable with its contents. Sometimes you just don’t have enough, or the right supplies. A few years ago my tree stand totally collapsed from underneath me and down this big boy went. I broke or cracked ten bones. I could have used a parachute, neck brace and a backboard that day. Sometimes it’s hard to think of everything you’ll need on a given hunting trip.

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