10 Things That Will Make You a Better Deer Hunter

By author of Brow Tines and Backstrap

Are You Wanting to Improve?

As deer hunters, we’re always striving to improve. That’s the name of the game, after all. We work hard to improve our craft and to become more efficient and effective in everything we do. And when we don’t improve, we regress. There’s no such thing as staying the same. Here are 10 things you can do that will help you become a better deer hunter.

Learn How to Beat the Wind

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1 | Learn How to Beat the Wind

There’s technically no such thing as beating the wind. You can’t beat a deer’s nose. But you can learn to monitor the wind and know how to set up accordingly. Furthermore, you can definitely do a number of things that will decrease your scent, which will maybe give you a few more seconds to get off the shot if a deer happens to make it downwind of you.

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Learn the Ins and Outs of Advanced Scouting Techniques

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2 | Learn the Ins and Outs of Advanced Scouting Techniques

There are many methods of scouting for deer. I prefer to do so in a manner that limits the amount of intrusion on a given property. Once you learn how to accomplish this, you’ll not only find the deer but also see them more during daylight during the hunt.

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Choose Your Stand Locations, Entry Routes and Exit Routes Wisely

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3 | Choose Your Stand Locations, Entry Routes and Exit Routes Wisely

It’s just as important to not spook deer going in and out of the woods as it is while you’re there. Keep this in mind when you decide where to put stands, and when choosing your entry and exit routes to and from them.

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Photo Credit: Bill Konway

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Hunt Your Way Into and Out of Stand Locations

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4 | Hunt Your Way Into and Out of Stand Locations

Don’t just barge your way through the woods when heading to the treestand. I’ve hunted with people who look like they’re power walking as they head to the stand. Don’t do that. Just don’t. Slowly still-hunt your way to and from the stand during daylight hours. And even when it’s dark, walk quietly so as not to spook game.

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Photo Credit: Brad Herndon

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Appropriately Use Each Tactical Tool in Your Arsenal

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5 | Appropriately Use Each Tactical Tool in Your Arsenal

There are so many different tips and tactics on hunting deer that it’s mind-numbing. That said, they all have an appropriate place and time to deploy them. Know when to use a tactic or tool and when not to. That’s key for consistent success in the deer woods.

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Photo Credit: Brad Herndon

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Use the Terrain to Your Advantage

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6 | Use the Terrain to Your Advantage

Smart deer hunters use the terrain and land features to their advantage when deer hunting. This is an important part of stand placement. Pay attention to how the deer use the land and you’ll begin to notice reasons why they do so.

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Photo Credit: Brad Herndon

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Recognize Good Hunting Conditions When You See Them

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7 | Recognize Good Hunting Conditions When You See Them

You have good hunting conditions. And you have bad hunting conditions. Learn to recognize each of these things and you’ll know when and when not to hunt. That’s important because the more you hunt a stand the higher the likelihood of burning it out. Focus on those high-odds days and strike when the conditions are in your favor.

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Photo Credit: Shutterstock / Bruce MacQueen

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Know When to Take the Shot and When to Wait

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8 | Know When to Take the Shot and When to Wait

A lot of deer don’t get killed because hunters pass up decent shot opportunities in hopes of great ones. You can’t do that. Sure, wait for an ethical shot. But don’t pass up a good or decent one because you’re waiting for that perfect one. You won’t kill near the number of deer if you do.

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Understand the Art and Details of Blood Trailing

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9 | Understand the Art and Details of Blood Trailing

You have to be able to find deer in order to put your tag on them. That’s why it’s imperative to know the ins and outs of blood-trailing deer. Spend time learning and honing this skill and you will become a better deer hunter.

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Photo Credit: Brad Herndon

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Do What It Takes to Protect and Promote Our Hunting Heritage

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10 | Do What It Takes to Protect and Promote Our Hunting Heritage

The only way our hunting heritage continues is if we allow it to. That means protecting and promoting it in a positive light. That means doing everything we can to show others what it’s really about. And that means taking others afield and introducing them to this way of life. Do that, and you’re the best dang deer hunter around. No questions asked.

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Photo Credit: Brad Herndon

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