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Deer Hunting: Where and When
Deer Hunting: Where and When
Deer frequently become active during the times of dawn and dusk and they tend to sleep more during the middle of the day and late at night. It is suggested that deer do this as a defense mechanism to enable them to digest their meals and rest during the parts of the day when their predators are not as active. This is not a concrete statement as some deer will decide to do their feeding during the middle of the day from time to time. This is not usually something that deer tend to repeat in their schedules.
Some basic advice I can hand out to deer hunters, or any type of hunt really, is to find the food source of the deer which they will be feeding from during the hunting season. Knowing your terrain, food sources, bedding areas and funnels is a must in order to have a successful hunting season.
In order to locate a big buck's territory, it may be necessary to do some aggressive scouting of the area. It is suggested that the pre-hunting-season scouting be done just after the deer have "rubbed" the velvet from their antlers. At this time of the season, deer tend to rub off on the smaller bushes of the area as oppose to the larger trees and bushes that they usually attack just prior and during the rut phase. Keep this in mind when doing your early scouting.
Determine which of the area's oak trees have the largest abundance of acorns by examining the higher limbs of the trees. Set stands near these particular trees before they begin to ripen and deer start feeding within the area.
Be sure to start your scouting early, no later than mid-summer for deer. Scout as if you were actually on a hunt for deer. Tread carefully, make minimum noise, and leave as little scent in the area as possible. It is best to hang your stands early and then avoid returning to the area until the deer hunting season begins. Over-scouting a particular area may actually have a negative effect on your hunting plans as well as the nature of the area's wildlife. Too much human scent and activity in an area can drive the deer from it, disrupting the region's ecosystem.
Pay attention to areas where clover, rye, or any greens cover the ground. Examine the surrounding areas to establish scrapes and trail routes for later use in the hunting season.
Remember that deer tend to sleep amongst the thick and dense brush. They love this type of terrain as they are usually associated with swamps and a litter of small pines; great for detecting movements by would be predators. Hunting in these areas are not recommended due to these barriers. Hunting these areas will also limit the vision of the hunter; another advantage for the deer. It is suggested that the hunter wait along the boundaries of these regions and anticipate the entrances and exits of the area's deer.
As many, if not all, hunters know, deer are best hunted during a phase called the rut. The rut is the mating season for the deer; during this time the deer's senses are dulled which give the hunter a bit of an advantage. Also common during this time of the season is that the deer will be active for a larger portion of the day. The longer that the deer are active, the better the chanced for the hunter to spot one.
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