Hunting whitetail deer is as easy as this.
Hunting whitetail deer is often portrayed as being a difficult task. Deer hunting really shouldn’t be that hard.
These simple tips can help you be more successful when you hit the field this fall.
Find the Food
The number one most important tactic for consistently harvesting deer is to find the herd’s primary food source. Whitetail deer feeding patterns change throughout the season due to the availability of food.
In September, you will most likely find deer feeding in agricultural fields on crops such as soybeans, alfalfa, clover, and sorghum. As the leaves begin to turn and October rolls around, the deer will be transitioning to feeding on acorns and persimmons. During the late season, the whitetails will then shift patterns again to take advantage of cut bean and corn fields. Once you identify your deer’s feeding patterns, you can effectively hunt and harvest them.
Know the Bedding Areas
Know where your deer sleep. Identifying bedding areas is also an effective way to improve your chances of harvesting a deer. Once bedding areas are identified, you can set ambush stands to intercept the deer on their way to and from their beds and food sources.
Hunt the Rut
At no other time of the year are deer more active during daylight hours than during the rut. Use this increased activity to your advantage and set up near know doe bedding areas. The first two weeks in November are the best times to ambush that buck you have been chasing on his way to the does.
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Baiting deer can be a controversial topic with hunters, and is illegal in some states. That being said, baiting can be an effective tool for hunters to use to increase the amount of deer activity seen during a hunt. Light hunting pressure and an effective bait site can lead to numerous deer harvests during the course of your season. Check with your state game agency before baiting deer.
Perform a Deer Drive
Deer drives can be an effective means of seeing and harvesting deer. Gather a group of your hunting buddies together and make a day out of driving a couple pieces of property. Assign your drivers and have them walk slowly through known bedding areas. The key to this is letting the scent of the drivers push the deer towards the guys you have assigned as shooters. The only down side of driving is that it increases the hunting pressure significantly.
There are plenty of well-known approaches to hunting whitetail deer, but you’ll only be able to pinpoint the ones that work best for you and your herd by applying them, recording results, and trying new techniques.