This primer on how to use tactical teamwork in hunting will help drive a buck straight to a buddy’s sights.
There’s a lot to be said for hunting alone: the serene, silent beauty of watching the sunrise through the trees on an early autumn morning is almost reason enough to go solo. In most cases, the places we hunt are gorgeous, unspoiled displays of nature, and those sights are often best taken in alone. Not to mention the fact that hunting alone gives you a lot of time to parse your thoughts and unwind after a long week split between the busy workplace and the busy home front.
Quite simply, hunting alone can be the best possible way to reduce stress. Add the fact that gabbing and laughing with your buddy all day would probably spook all of the deer in a half mile radius, and even the most social hunter in the world might be ready to try a season hunting alone.
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Even with all of that said, learning how to use tactical teamwork in deer hunting can have its own attractive characteristics. Sure, you probably have to share the glory – and the venison – from any deer you kill, but there’s also strength to be found in numbers that you can’t possibly find when you are hunting on your own. There’s a reason that the army doesn’t run solo missions: the tactical advantage provided by having a team on the mission improves the chances for success by leaps and bounds.
If the hunting season is rolling and you’ve been doing your homework, then you should have a fairly decent idea of how your hunting property is laid out and how deer move around it. You’ll know where the bedding areas and feeding plots are; you’ll know where the prime water sources are; you’ll know which paths and trails deer travel to get from one point of interest to another; you’ll know where the best hunting trees are, or where you might do well to build a blind; heck, you might even know which specific buck you want to kill this season – at least if you’ve been watching your trail camera like you should have been.
All of this information is valuable for any hunter, but it becomes about 10 times as precious when you add a second or third deer hunter to your team. As a solo artists, you can know everything there is to know about a hunting property, but still be taking hypothetical shots in the dark. With a team, on the other hand, you can use each piece of research you have done to formulate a tactical strategy almost sure to land you a kill.
When it comes to team hunting, the goal is for one hunter to do something that “pushes” a deer into another hunter’s sights. However, deer movements are hard to predict, and the concept of “pushing” or “leading” might be a bit overstated. Instead, think of a team as a way to cover more of the deer hunting property, and in connection, a way to kill more deer.
Watch the trails, watch the bedding areas, play the best vantage points, and find the paths that deer take when leaving or returning to the property. By using these strategies, you should be able to increase the number of deer sightings experienced by your team each day, in turn increasing the number of shot opportunities.
Once you and your pals figure out how to use tactical teamwork in hunting, it might just become a favored method, especially when the season gets down to the last remaining weeks.