Get these five things before deer hunting season starts and you'll be better off.
Deer season is right around the corner. Whether you're choosing to hunt public or private land, during archery or firearms season, you always have time to increase your odds of success.
You know your deer hunting regulations and your north zone from your south zone, now you just need an edge to boost your chances of getting that big antlered deer. While not every one of these items will do just that, I've tried to keep in mind that most deer hunters are attuned to their craft and have already begun to collect the items they need to fill their big-game tag.
You're aching for that first sunrise in your favorite deer management unit. With your hunting area waiting, a deer harvest is only a matter of time, right? Deer hunters know quite well how much every little detail counts.
Here are five things to try that'll keep you safer and bring you more success this season.
1. Shoulder-length field dressing gloves
As I said, not everything here is meant to help you successfully harvest your deer; you're already good at that. But once the deer's down, there are other things to concern yourself with, such as deer ticks and chronic wasting disease. While CWD is deadly to deer, no reports of human cases have surfaced at this point. But, when it comes to Lyme disease, that's a different story.
When you need to get up to your armpits in a deer to field dress it, a pair of regular-sized gloves just isn't enough. Between working on your animal and dragging it out, you'll have your hands on it a lot in those first minutes.
2. HuntStand hunting app
With a four-and-a-half star review among its almost 12,000 reviewers, the HuntStand app might be here to stay. This is an app that's meant to work in both online and offline areas to maximize what the user can do since not everyone has unlimited data. The first thing you'll have to do is create a hunt area that's your own.
You can use the harvest, sightings and task-logging features to understand your hunting area even better than you thought you could. The app's HuntZone "scent" tool gives you wind speed, including direction along with access to weather and even solunar activity.
3. Dr. Juice hand cleaner
So what is it you get on your hands that demands cleaning? Everything! I swear by this amazing stuff to get even the most stubborn scents off my outdoor-loving paws. This is one of the few things I've ever used that'll take the gasoline smell off in one try. Not everyone may agree, but when you're talking about whitetail deer, every little odor counts.
4. Deer Dander
Everyone has their little go-to secret, and while it's not really classified material, this bottle of deer smell right here works great. I've been using it ever since it came out, even putting a bit of water in the bottle to extend the life a few more pumps! They are so many good products out there, it's hard to count them all. But, when it comes right down to it, what alerts a deer the least? Another deer!
5. Extra doe tag
Not every state offers these, and even in states that do, it can be difficult to get one. In New York, you can apply for more than one Deer Management Permits when you get your license (if your wildlife management areas offer them), or you can wait until Nov. 1 when all the leftover tags are available for the general public to claim.
Trust me on this: having an extra tag doesn't automatically get you an extra deer. Bagging an antlerless deer is about being in the woods during all the deer hunting seasons, including muzzleloader season.
Obviously you should have this year's hunting license and your deer permit by now, but the season comes up fast. These few things may be a heap of help, so be sure to check them out! Good luck this season!