Deer season may be over until this fall but the earlier you can start preparing the better. I wanted to share with you these five off season deer hunting tips. To help you be ready to get out and get that big brute this year.
Off Season Deer Hunting Tips
- Learn about Whitetail Behavior and habitat: The more you know about whitetails and their habitat the better prepared you will be. When hunting season comes around you’ll be ready. Learn to pattern the deer. It will help you to be able to pick good stand locations that increase your odds of harvesting that big boy. Read deer hunting books, magazines, get on the internet. Go to seminars, join clubs like the Quality Deer Management Association etc. Knowing what the deer are doing at certain times of the year and why can and will help you solve the big buck puzzle.
- Practice Quality Deer Management Where You Hunt: Quality deer management can improve your deer herd. Increasing your odds at getting that buck of a lifetime. Planting food plots and or starting a supplemental feeding program can help the health of your deer herd and attract and hold deer on your property. Learning about and implementing quality deer management will tremendously improve your overall deer hunting experience.
- Get Fit for Deer Season Now: Starting an off season fitness program can make a big difference when deer season rolls around. Being fit you will stay in the woods longer. You will be more alert. It will help you when scouting, putting up deer stands, checking trail cameras etc. Eating healthy and getting fit makes you a better deer hunter.
- Make Your Deer Hunting Equipment Checklist Now:
- By starting your deer hunting equipment checklist now you will have an idea of things that you need or want to get before next deer season. Prioritize which ones you want to get first. A lot of products will be on sale this time of year and you can get some really good deals. Buying the things you need throughout the year will be a lot easier on your wallet. Rather than having to purchase them all right before the season.
- Practice With Your Bow or Gun Throughout the Year: Practice makes perfect and a lot of practice makes you even more perfect. Always practice as much as you can, make it fun, practice in your gear you will be hunting in, like gloves, head net etc… Also practice with friends and family and even make it competitive. Go to 3d ranges or gun ranges and shoot.
Practice shooting your bow in the gear you will be wearing in the field.
These are just a few tips that will help you be better prepared to get after those whitetails. When September rolls around you will be ready. What are some of the off season deer hunting tips you use? Do they help you be more prepared for deer season to get your big bucks?
If you deer hunt choosing the right camouflage pattern can make a big difference in success and failure. Do you change your camouflage pattern to blend in with your environment?
Pick a camouflage pattern that blends with the time of year you will be hunting.
Why Choosing The Right Camouflage Pattern Matters
I think it is important when deer hunting to naturally blend in with the foliage around you. There are many different brands of camouflage on the market to choose from. It’s important to pick one that is similar to the foliage you will be hunting. The last thing I want when hunting big bucks is for a buck to see me before I see it. Deer are smart, especially big bucks. I do believe that the number one thing deer see is movement, but I also believe you need to blend in.
Early in the season the foliage is mostly nice and green. That’s when I like to use the US Army ca-mo pattern. I was in the Army, and I really like that pattern early in the season. I’ve had big bucks, and does for that matter walk right up to me when I have this pattern on. As long as I have foliage around me and I don’t make any movement that the deer can pick up on they won’t see me. I like to make sure I wear a head net, paint my face, and wear gloves. This pattern works well all when everything is nice and green. When the leaves change and I’m hunting in hardwoods I like to find a pattern that is similar to the colors of the hardwoods. Realtree and MossyOak have some wonderful patterns for all times of the year.
If I was to ever go to Canada deer hunting in the snow I would wear a good snow pattern to blend in. It’s always good to give yourself every little edge you can when hunting, especially for big bucks. Blending in is just one more way to help you be more successful at constantly taking trophy whitetails.
One time I was perched in a white oak early during bow season. The leaves were still green and I had foliage all around me. I had on a camouflage pattern that matched my background, and I had a nice eight pointer come right up to my tree. I had my face painted and my gloves on. He never even saw me. My camouflage did its job, I just didn’t do mine. I missed him at almost point blank range, he ducked my arrow and ran out in a clear cut and turned around and started blowing at me, but he never saw me because I blended in. That buck could not figure out what I was, I looked like a tree to him. That’s why it’s important to blend in, you will be more successful if you do.
The season may just be over or just about to be over but start preparing now if you want to increase your odds next season hunting big deer. There are many different things to help you do this and each hunter will have different things that will help him or her. I would like to share a few of things that have helped me over the years. The thing is make you a plan and start executing that plan now.
Hunt Where they are
One of the biggest factors I believe is, there have to be trophy bucks where you hunt to be able to kill trophy bucks. The more brutes you have in the area the better your chances are. It doesn’t matter if you are on private or public land with a little homework, hard work and preparation you can increase your odds of taking taking big deer.
Grow Big Deer
I have hunted public and private land over the years and preparation is the key on both. Whitetail habitat and quality deer management are key factors that make a huge difference key factors that make a huge difference deer hunting. If you hunt public land make sure it has good whitetail habitat and if you hunt private land practice quality management. The Quality Deer Management Association is a great resource to help you learn to manage your property and herd.
Do Your Homework
If you plan on hunting public land do your homework and hunt the places that have high success rate of hunters taking trophy bucks. Years ago I put in for a very tough draw hunt in Georgia and although it took me three years to get drawn I finally got it done and killed a nice nine pointer. It was a three day, seventy five hunter quota and I was the only hunter to kill a buck and it was all because I did my homework and was determined. I increased my odds by being where there were a good number of trophy bucks and I prepared.
Here is a list of some things that will help you prepare for next season.
Locate Prime Whitetail Properties: Locate properties known to have good whitetail habitat and get access to hunt them.
Scouting: Scouting is a great way to help you increase your odds. The inter-net can help you find whitetail hot spots before ever stepping foot on a certain piece of property. You can locate pinch points, saddles, travel corridors, water, elevation changes etc..
Google Earth is a great way to scout properties and help you figure out where to start your search once you arrive to do you scouting on foot. It can save you a ton of time and walking. Once I do my inter-net scouting and first foot scout a piece of new property, I like to walk the complete boundary. Looking for trails entering or leaving the property and try to figure out where those trails are leading to and from and why. Don’t over scout, keep human activity to a minimum. The less they have to deal with you, the safer they feel, and the better your chances are of seeing a monster.
Equipment Checklist: Having good equipment is a must. Making an equipment checklist will help you prioritize what equipment you need to upgrade or purchase. By doing this early you can get the things you need throughout the year. Not having to purchase it all right before the season. It won’t take a chunk out of your wallet at one time.
Archery Practice: You need to practice, practice, and practice some more. Simulate hunting conditions when practicing. Such as shooting from elevated spots. Wear the clothing you will be wearing in the field. Shoot at life size targets, and practice shooting in all weather conditions etc…
Quality Deer Management: Learn about and implement strong quality deer management practices where you hunt. Plant food plots. Implement supplemental feeding programs. Manage the herd with antler restrictions, and manage buck to doe ratio etc…
Trail Cameras: Use trail cameras to help you survey your bucks and to help you decide the best locations to place stands.
Hunting Tips And Techniques: Learn as much as you can about whitetails behaviors and feeding habits. Learn tips and techniques from the pros. Attend seminars at hunting shows to help you in the field. Learn whitetail vocalizations and what they are saying when they make those sounds. Learn how and when to make those sounds.
Get Fit: The better shape you are in the better hunter you will be.
Deer Stand Preparation And Concealment: Get your stands put out early and leave the area alone. Make sure you stands give you plenty of cover when you are in them.
These are just a few things to help you get ready. The season will be here before you know it. If you are like me you are already wishing opening day was here. By starting to prepare early you can give your self a much better chance at getting that buck of a lifetime. When next season rolls around. If you get that buck of a lifetime all that hard work and preparation will be worth it… I promise!
Now that the deer season is over in most parts of the country , now is a good time for a good gun cleaning. You want to make sure you don’t just put it back in the case after using it all season and forget about it. Cleaning your gun thoroughly is very important.It is easy to use your favorite rifle all season and then put it away after deer season and forget about it. It is important to store it nice and clean to prevent rust. And when deer hunting rolls around you will have a nice clean gun that works properly and that is safe to shoot.
Safety: Don’t ever point any firearm at anyone even if you know that is unloaded. Take out the magazine or clip and clear the chamber, don’t just eject the shell visually check to ensure the chamber is clear.To make sure a firearm is functioning to its specifications you must ensure the firearm is clean. Most malfunctions shotguns,pistols, and rifles have are due to dirty actions and bores. Gun Powder can be corrosive and damage your firearm if not properly cleaned on a regular basis. Read the owner’s manual and go only as far recommended. Always inspect each part of the firearm for wear. Also check for rust,hair-line cracks and signs wear. If you have any doubts take it to a gunsmith.
Gun Cleaning Tips
Proper gun cleaning can make a huge difference in performance.
Attention: Before doing anything make sure the firearm is unloaded! Only then proceed with your gun cleaning.
1.Clean your firearm from the breach end if possible because you don’t want to get any shavings or debris into the action. Using the proper gun cleaning kit for your caliber firearm. Assemble the rod and screw the desired tip patch holder in. Pull a patch through the tip and soak it with cleaning solvent.
2. Push the rod with the soaked patch down the barrel to coat the bore. Take off the dirty patch at the other end of the barrel. Wait a few minutes to let the solvent soak into the dirty barrel.
3. Pull the rod back out of the barrel without a patch, then screw in the correct brush to the rod. Soak this brush with solvent and push and pull it up and down the barrel 5 or 6 times. Put the patch tip back on and put a patch on the tip and dip it in solvent and push it down the barrel with a clean patch until the patch comes out clean. Then push a dry clean patch down the barrel to get rid of ant remaining solvent.
4. Then put a few drops of gun oil to a clean patch and push it through to leave a slight coat of oil inside the barrel.
5. With a proper(nylon) brush coated with solvent brush any powder away that you see or any debris away from the action. Once the action is clean use a gun oil to barely coat all parts and surfaces.
6. Reassemble the firearm and wipe any areas you touch with your skin with a soft cloth slightly oiled.
Check and make sure the guns action is working properly or the bolt. Also make sure the bore is clear of anything before firing.