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Top Tips to Make you a Better Hunter

When to Hunt

When the sun is about to rise or when it is becoming dark outside, deer frequently feel more confident about going out into the open to feed. Bucks are very eager in chasing does during the breeding season, so much so that they don't always go to sleep in the bush at dawn as they usually do. Deer, on the other hand, may not be as vigilant as they are during other times of the day or night at dusk since they are focused on foraging for food.

It's a good idea to get to your hunting spot before the deer start to move around. Give yourself plenty of time so that you can scout the area and set up your position. Making use of a pair of binoculars will allow you to check out much more of the territory than you could by mere eyesight alone.

It's noteworthy to note that before you begin your hunt, it's beneficial to examine the moon phases. Although dawn and dusk are often when deer are most active, if there is a full moon, deer are more likely to be out during the day. Deer's active and inactive phases frequently correspond to the waxing and waning of the moon.

Where to Hunt

If there is any wind, try to search in an area where it is in your face. Our sense of smell is significantly inferior to that of a deer, therefore you must take care to avoid alerting him to your existence if you want to approach it undetected.

Stick to a somewhat small hunting area if you want to have the best opportunity of learning about and comprehending the area you are hunting in and the habits of the deer that reside there. Deer don't go far, especially in the winter, in order to save energy and have access to reliable and well-known feeding sources.

What to Wear

You will likely remain unnoticed if you wear clothing that blends in with the surroundings where you are searching.

Due to the nightmare scenario of one hunter accidentally shooting another hunter, hunters occasionally wear red or orange hats or other items of apparel that other hunters can see but deer cannot. Deer can't tell the difference between pure green objects and things that are red or orange because they are red-green colorblind.

Make sure you have enough clothes on so that you won't freeze while hunting. On the other hand, if you're hunting in a warmer climate, avoid dressing in layers that will make you hot and sticky and make it difficult for you to move around.

How NOT to Smell Like a Threat

For a full day previous to your hunt, refrain from using any scented goods. Avoid eating hot food, smoking, and drinking alcohol. When taking a shower, avoid using soap unless you are certain it will leave no trace of odor on your skin or in your hair.

Wash your clothes with an enzyme-based washing detergent and hang them OUTSIDE to dry up to two days before your hunt to get rid of any scents as much as possible. Some clothing is actually created with carbon fibers that naturally absorb odors called "scent removing" fabric. To preserve this apparel as completely odor-free as possible, store it in a special carbon-lined bag.

Before going on a hunt, make sure that any personal goods you use—shampoo, soap, toothpaste—are scented-free specialties. Keep your hair and any facial hair as short as you can, since this can help reduce the number of odors it gives off.

“Don’t Leave Home Without It” Items

In some areas of the country, insect repellant is your buddy. Bugs in the wild are not only bothersome, but they can also reveal your identity if you keep shoving them aside.

If you plan to hunt at dawn or dusk, you must have a spotlight or head lantern to illuminate your path and reduce the likelihood that you may get lost in the dim light.

For a hunting expedition to be effective and safe, safety equipment including a whistle, first aid kit, fire-starting equipment, and an emergency blanket are essential.

A skinning knife, rope, game bag, and cooler for meat are other "must haves" in addition to your gun or bow and arrow; these items are not only useful but essential to the success of the hunt as a whole.

FOOD. A hunter who is not hungry and is planning their next meal is more likely to wait until they are full before jumping the gun and going for a deer. Bring plenty of water and snacks with you.

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