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The Rules of Successful Deer Hunting

Nov 24, 2007
Deer hunting is America's favorite pastime on the hunter's trail. To be a successful hunter, it's necessary to know that deer manage to stay alive by avoiding predators. They do this by using their sense of smell, hearing and their eyesight, to a lesser extent.

They are naturally accustomed to hearing two kinds of sounds: natural and unnatural. The natural sounds are those of birds, the wind blowing through the trees, squirrels chattering or the grunts of a buck. The sounds that alert them to danger are a cough, leaves crunching or the clank of metal brushing or banging against something.

If the season has arrived, then understanding the rules of engagement is imperative to successfully hunting your game. Mimicking that will attract deer, such as a fawn in distress, a fawn bleat, doe or buck grunt, are great ways of getting their attention and drawing them to your location. Additionally, making a rattling noise mimics the sound of two bucks locked in combat. Be sure to rattle with a bit of enthusiasm, and a few grunts will help to make it sound authentic.

Whitetail deer have a far better sense of smell than the hunter in pursuit. Not only can they smell your presence upwind, they smell where you've walked. If you have a good understanding of wind direction, you can use it to your advantage when deer hunting.

A common mistake that novice hunters make is washing their clothes and apparel with laundry scented detergents. It's recommended to use non-scented cleaning compounds and the allowing the clothes to dry in natural air elements outside. The hair and the body are often the biggest give away for deer whose survival depends on an acute sense of smell.

It's commonly thought that they have a poor sense of sight. While it's not their sharpest sense, many hunters give away their positions by allowing themselves to be seen.

If you can fool their sense of sight, smell and hearing, then you're well on you way to becoming a successful deer hunter. The key is to remain unseen and keep whatever you need within easy reach when hunting game.

When you find yourself in close proximity to your prey, it means you've done several things correctly to remain undetected by the animal. Hunting is a learned art and the skill requires practice before you can become a successful and seasoned hunter.

You'll have plenty of opportunities to perfect grunting and other realistic sounds that deer make. However, no matter how experienced or inexperienced you may be, there should always be a healthy reverence for wildlife and nature when you're out and about on a deer hunting adventure.
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