How to Hunt Deer

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The thrill of the hunt can be exhilarating, especially the first time you go hunting. Tracking down a deer can be very rewarding because of the time and patience that goes into hunting.

Things You'll Need

  • Camping gear
  • Rifle
  • Scent killer
  • Camouflage gear
  • Orange vest
  • Go to your local sporting goods store to buy a deer tag. It is illegal to go hunting without the proper deer tags. If you go without a tag, it is considered poaching, and if you are caught, you could be fined or put in jail. You also need to make sure that you follow the guidelines set forth on the tag. For instance, if the tag is for a buck, you need to hunt a buck and not a doe. It is considered poaching if you shoot a doe when you have a tag for a buck.

  • Buy the right equipment. You will need camping gear, such as a tent, sleeping, bag, and other essential items. You need to use a weapon that you already know how to use. If you have never used a rifle it is best to take a hunter safety course along with other courses meant to train you how to use a gun properly. In many cases, you can prepare for the hunt months in advance, depending on the type of tag you buy. The more prepared you are, the more successful your hunt is likely to be. You will also need to have camouflage clothing and gear along with an orange vest. Buy a canteen for water and other quick meals. Buy scent barrier and wind detector if possible.

  • Drive to the location designated on your tag. Once you are there, find a good spot to set up camp. You can find a place to stay and steak out deer using an outfitters tent or you can set up camp and track the deer.

  • Track the deer. Once you are set up you can start tracking deer. You will need to look for tracks in the dirt or snow and follow them. Deer also rub on trees, and you can see the marks on trees as you walk through the woods, which may point in the direction of a deer.

  • Pay attention to the wind. You can use a wind detector or you can use some other powdery substance like cornstarch to figure out the wind direction. It is best to travel against the wind.

  • Wait and watch. Hunting takes patience and perseverance. It is actually a skill to track and hunt down an animal, and it may take several trips to the mountains before you come home with a deer. After you track down your deer, you need to stay in absolute silence.

  • Shoot. When you see the opportunity to shoot, take it before you miss the moment, because you may not get that chance again.

Tips & Warnings

  • Go hunting with a friend or relative who is experienced at least for your first few hunts. If you are going hunting alone, it is wise to tell several people exactly where you will be going and show them on the map. Take a GPS tracking device or a phone with a GPS tracking device with you. To be even more prepared, take a survival course.
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