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How to Know the Deer Better Through Experiences

Aug 17, 2007
A hunter must know where he can locate the deer. In this article you will learn that experience is a better teacher in hunting. There are locations in open fields' area are usually an effective barrier to deer in the daylight hours to run and hide.

I once had the opportunity of being able to watch the actions of three deer during a drive, from a vantage point on a hill that overlooked the locale of the drive. Five men drove from the south towards three men who were covering the northern exits to the piece of woods being driven. There was at least a half-mile of open fields to the west and such an area is usually an effective barrier to deer in the daylight hours. I was located to the east in another area of open country. Directly below me, there was a section of about fifty acres which had at one time been an open pasture which had grown up in alders, birch and scattered firs with considerable open ground between them. As the drive progressed, three deer broke from the heavy woods and entered this old pasture where they hid in a thicket of small firs.

This thicket was about fifty feet wide and not more than twice as long. The deer stayed there until the drivers had passed them by. If we give these deer credit for thoughtful consideration in their actions, we must assume that they had some knowledge of all factors with which they had to contend, and this seems hardly possible. It is very doubtful if they had any knowledge of the men who were waiting. Unless they had retained some memory of a previous chase in the same location, there is no reason why they did not flee in that direction except that they did not wish to run. If these deer had had a thorough and complete knowledge of conditions and were able to reason and plan, they would have known that there were no watchers to the west and could have escaped in that direction. It seems to me that these deer acted on impluse, instinctively doing the right thing to escape danger.

Intelligence usually increases with age, and if age in a deer denotes wisdom, then deer that have survived a dozen hunting seasons should be almost impossible to bag, yet often these old timers are no harder to hunt than many a younger deer, and the only reason that more of them are not killed each year is the fact that so few of them reach a ripe old age.

I kicked a venerable old patriarch from his bed one day when hunting conditions were next to ideal. I failed to get a shot when I started him and he avoided me when I tried to stalk the position that he used to ascertain my intentions. When he left that place, he took a direction which, I was sure; he would not follow for any great distance. I assumed that he would circle for a time, leaving tracks for me to follow, and going on to some vantage point to await developments. Picking out the most probable of these places, I left the track and went there with the hope of arriving before the deer. I stationed myself near the top of a knoll, about a hundred yards from a deer trail where I had a good view of the area which I expected the deer to travel. He was walking when I saw him coming and he walked up the knoll which I was on until he was about a hundred feet from my position where he stopped to watch his back trail. There was no question that he was not an old deer. He was very grey about the head and face and the antlers were very scrubby and misshapen, showing that he was far past the prime of life.

One ear was split from a bullet, or fight, and there seemed to be a healed scar under his eye extending along his cheek. We stood there for several minutes, he watching his back trail and I watching him. He never once looked anywhere except towards his back trail and I was able to step from behind the tree that I had used for cover and stand there in the open. When the deer finally decided that there was nobody on his trail, he turned and saw me standing there. It was a good ten seconds before he reacted to the situation and bounded to shelter.

Sometime you have to adjust yourself into these different terrains and have a good knowledge about them in order to hunt for the deer. They can be of good help in aiding you and also experience with age is always an advantage.
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Mitch Johnson is a regular writer for http://www.best-scopes-n-binoculars.com/ , http://www.solidcamping.info/ , http://www.tipsforcamping.info/
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