Forget these myths about deer hunting, and start being more successful starting this year.
We all have been taught certain things about deer hunting that are simply not true. They cause some people to not be as successful as they could be. Forget these three things, and start actually becoming successful deer hunting.
1. You can’t shoot big bucks if you don’t own land
I’ve heard it time and time again. Someone sees a picture of a big buck that was shot, and immediately claims “high fence” or “well they must own a ton of land”. This is not always the case. Just because you don’t own any land, doesn’t mean you can’t be successful. It may take more work if you don’t own land, but it can be done. Start looking at the public land that is around you. But look at it differently than other people.
Try and figure out where people wouldn’t want to hunt, and you will find where the mature bucks probably live. They know where the hunting pressure will be, and they avoid it. In the picture above (public land), I have to walk along this creek for roughly a quarter mile before I can cross it. No one else works this hard, and therefore I’ve got almost half of this property to myself.
2. Deer don’t move in the rain/wind
You’ve been taught that deer don’t move in the rain. Or if the wind is absolutley howling you won’t see anything, so what’s the point in going out right? These are both false, unless it’s a hurricane then deer will still move and you should still hunt. I personally love to hunt in the rain, I’ve had some of my best sits while being rained on.
What I also like about hunting in the rain is the ability to be quiet, and even have the chance at still hunting. What is important is having the right type of gear to not make the hunt miserable. When it’s windy deer don’t suddenly sit in their bed and wait for it to die down to move.
More often than not the wind could be blowing at a high speed for multiple days. What the deer do instead is go down in topography, and so should you. Hunting down in a valley, or the backside of a ridge that blocks the wind can lead to some really successful hunts.
3. You have to wait until the rut to shoot a mature buck
There’s no point in really hunting hard until the rut, because that’s the best time to shoot a big buck right? Wrong, even thought the rut can be a great time to hunt, and the unpredictability that comes with it is a lot of fun, it isn’t the only time to bag a big buck.
Instead of waiting until November this year to become serious about your hunting, hunt the early and late season. I think early season can be the best time to shoot a mature buck. This is when they are most patternable. By running trail cameras all summer, if you can find a deer you want to shoot on a bed to food pattern, you can make a move on him right away. Being able to pattern a deer gives you an advantage you don’t have during the rut.
This same rule of thumb applies during the late season. If your not successful during the rut, that doesn’t mean to give up on your season. Pick up a bow or late muzzleloader tag and find where the deer are feeding at. Don’t let the rut determine your whole hunting season.
By forgetting these three things you’ve been taught, and looking at deer hunting with a different perspective, your chances of actually being successful deer hunting are going to exponentially increase.