Successful Deer Hunting’s Top Secret – Match Tactics to Terrain for Success
Day 1: Learn White-Tailed Deer Methodology
Editor’s Note: You know the deer are there – yet you can’t seem to get a buck in your sights. You may be hunting your area all wrong. And, if you do jump a buck, don’t fall for the often-repeated advice that they’ll stop and take a last look at you before they disappear. Most will tear out of a region without a backward glance.
“I read all those stories in these outdoor magazines about how to take a deer, but none of the techniques work for me,” my hunting buddy Ernest told me. “The writers talk about hunting deer over apple orchards, trying to stalk deer down mountain ridges, looking for bedding and feeding areas and/or watching deer trails. But we don’t have any of that stuff around here where I hunt. Although we’ve got some deer, they don’t seem to do any of the things those outdoor writers mention. I’ve tried all their tactics, and none of them seem to work where I hunt.”
And ole Ernest may be right. Probably none of the techniques he reads-about will work in his area, because his deer are different, as are all the deer throughout the United States. Deer within 20 miles of each other often will feed on different foods, go into the rut at various times, bed and feed during different hours and act like totally-different animals from the deer just up the road.
So, this is one of the reasons that many hunting methods you read-about and hear-about may not work on the deer where you hunt. When someone tells you to use this tactic to bag a deer, what that sportsman really means is that if you follow his advice and hunt deer in the location where he spends his deer season under the circumstances he hunts, then you have a better-than-average chance of taking home the buck you came to find. And, therein lies the secret to a tailor-made deer hunt. Using this information and applying it to your location and the deer you hunt, you greatly can increase your odds of bagging a buck this season, especially if you match your deer-hunting tactics to the terrain.