When you’re a hunter, you learn many tips and tricks along the way, passed down from generations before you. Some of these are useful and others aren’t, so it’s all about taking the advice that works for you and putting it into practice. Here are the top hunting tips you might not have heard before, and others you surely have.
A good hunter understands just how important their own scent is, and even the slightest whiff of a human will send deer running. Always shower with a scent free soap before a hunt and store your hunting clothes in a tightly sealed bag with leaves and debris so that when you put them on, you’ll blend right in.
You can also use a specially made odor eliminator to spray on yourself and your equipment so that you’re even harder to detect.
As soon as you get to your tree stand, you should be practicing shooting from every possible angle. Once you’ve done this, you can remove the branches that might get into your line of fire if an animal appears and find a spot that requires the least amount of movement for you to quickly turn to any direction.
As a general rule for concealment, if you’re going to go with a little you might as well go with a lot.
Especially when you’re in colder climates, a tree stand blind can be the perfect way to keep yourself sheltered from the wind, store your belongings, and give you the best vantage spot possible. Many hunters prefer the use of blinds and hides to allow the animals to come to them, while still enjoying a comfortable position in the woods.
There’s nothing worse than having an ideal position and seeing your shot approach, only to have a twig or branch snap under you. Even a small sound that you might think isn’t a big deal can be enough to scare an animal away completely, so you have to think like them.
If you do happen to make an unexpected sound, stay completely still for as long as possible. Often times, deer will look around for ages until they’re confident the sound was meaningless, so you should stay as still as you can while they do. Some hunting boots can go a long way in making you more silent.
A good hunting tip for those who like to stalk their game is to make a large perimeter around the animal and come up behind it. However, when you’re out in the middle of the woods you can quickly become confused and lose your bearings.
For this reason, you need to pick your landmarks to help you find your way. Choose a large tree or rock on the skyline that you can identify from the back, and use it as your guide so you don’t get lost.
We’re not suggesting you get out your phone during a hunt and use Google Maps, but it can certainly go a long way in the planning stages.
By using the aerial view function of Google Maps, you’re able to get a clear understanding of the area you’re heading into and map out some important places. This is one of the best scouting aids you’ll find, and best of all it’s free and easy to use.
One of the key things you’ll learn in hunting for beginners is about the instant drop. Although you might shoot your game and have it drop to the floor instantly, this is usually due to shock. You’ll find more often than not, these animals are the ones that get up and run off.
A fatal shot usually means the animal will run a small distance and then fall, so if they drop to the ground instantly be ready for your follow-up shot.
Depending on where you hunt, you’ll probably find it can get pretty congested by the morning time. Because most hunting areas require you to park somewhere and go the rest of the journey by foot, by the time you arrive early morning the car parks are probably all booked up.
The best way to beat this is to arrive at midnight and park, or simply camp in the area for the entire night. You’ll be able to beat the other hunters and get a start on scouting the area first.
Although it can be one of the harder hunting techniques to follow, you should do everything in your power to avoid perspiration.
Firstly, the perspiration can create a more detectable body odor, but the main issue with sweat is when the temperature starts to drop. Being just a little bit damp from working hard in the morning can leave your clothes and socks wet, and as soon as it starts to get chilly this can make you freeze.
One of the forest tips and tricks that apply to hunting squirrels and rabbits is to skin them ASAP. There are two reasons for this, with the most important being that the fur is easier to remove when the animal is still warm.
Secondly, as smaller animals such as these are known to harbor fleas, you want the fur removed as quickly as possible so they don’t migrate onto you.
The longer you hunt, the more bird and deer hunting tips you’ll come across, and eventually be able to share these with fellow hunters, too. Hunting is a sport of skill and patience, and there are plenty of ways you can improve on yours to make you the best possible hunter you can be.