Most hunters despite months of preparation sometimes fail to get the favorable results. The reason is that they often forget to research enough about their bird/animal of prey. An important aspect of hunting is that you learn enough about your prey before you step into the woods.
You need to know about the habits as well as the habitat of your prey in order in order to track it down properly. If you’re a deer hunter, some of the things you need to know include:
Being aware of the eating habits of your prey is always a bonus point. It will help you figure out places where the chances of spotting or not spotting a deer, for that matter are the highest. Interestingly, the eating habits of a deer form a part of its defense mechanism. A deer prefers to eat while it is on the go. It eats a little here, moves a few steps ahead, eats a little again and moves on.
Deer are herbivores and eat just about anything from legumes, grasses, crops, etc. As a result they can easily adapt to both forests and open spaces like agricultural lands or human settlement.
SENSE OF SIGHT
You need to know how strong a deer’s sense of sight is to be able to position yourself at a place where it won’t spot you easily. Two things to keep in mind:
It has a dichromatic vision. The two colors it identifies easily are yellow and blue. It is advisable therefore to dress in colors apart from these, mainly orange (that ensures your safety as well) to get away without being caught. This also means that wearing jeans, even though it might be comfortable, is not really a smart choice for deer hunting.
A deer sees better in low light, which is why it is more active during the night. Be wise when you decide the time of your hunt, keeping in mind that the deer will be able to locate you even in when it is totally dark.
SENSE OF SMELL
A deer is blessed with a phenomenal sense of smell. It is interesting to note that a deer can not only distinguish and recognize individual people by scent, but also memorizes and associates them with important events!!
Therefore you need to take extra care in order to eliminate any odor which might give you away, not just from your clothes and body but also your ammunition and other accessories. Wash your clothes and your body using non-scented products especially designed for hunters. If you want that cover scent to work effectively, don’t just apply it before leaving for the woods/hunting ground but instead carry it along to use it again after some time.
It is important to know that the animal you’re going after can run up to a speed of 45 miles per hour and swim at a rate of 13 miles per hour!! Apart from this they can jump up to great heights, clearing obstacles of about 10 feet from a standstill and 30 feet while running. This means that you need to be really quick and sharp once you’ve spotted a deer, because there absolutely no scope for you to go after to chase and hunt it down. Practice your shot or aim to perfection, at least a month before the actual day of hunting arrives.
Not many facts are available to ascertain the range and sensitivity of the hearing capacity. It is believed that a deer has a hearing capacity similar to that of humans. An important advantage they have is that of a pivoting ear, which means the ears of a deer can pinpoint the direction of sound quickly.
SCOUTING FOR A DEER
Scouting for a deer not only helps you kill time as you wait for the hunting season but is also a key factor to ensure a successful hunt. Some of the things you should look for include:
== > Deer signs like prints, game trails and droppings.
The natural features where a deer is likely to pause. For example, the available, sometimes hidden food and water sources.
Possible bedding areas, but only to figure the travel routes to/fro them. Don’t make the deer insecure, causing them to move somewhere else.
Be careful to leave your as minimum traces as possible while scouting, because as mentioned earlier, a deer might identify and memorize your smell. This would become the greatest hurdle for you to overcome later.
Just because you’re out on a hunt does not mean you cannot be humane to the animal. The last thing you would want is a guilty conscience for leaving a deer wounded for life! Practice well enough with the weapon you will be taking along and don’t ever try to aim at every next deer you spot. Make sure you are in a comfortable position and shoot only when you are absolutely confident.
Be respectful towards the land. Never litter and bring back any waste that you came upon, whether food wrappers or shell casings.
Lastly, when you are out on a hunt you are not only responsible for your own safety but also of your fellow hunters. Don’t ever get carried away in the spur of a moment. Remember that the woods are not a place to take chances.