Deer hunting season is here. No matter your skill level, you want this year to be your best hunt ever. Beginning with the right tools is the best way to ensure your efforts net the best results. Whether you hunt for the sport of it or to fill the freezer, put your best foot forward. The good news? Many of the products you invest in will bring great results season after season. Here are five ways to make the most of your hunt plus some excellent equipment you can use to help.
Five Great Tips for Hunting Deer
Deer hunting season is here…
No matter your skill level, you want this year to be your best hunt ever. Beginning with the right tools is the best way to ensure your efforts net the best results. Whether you hunt for the sport of it or to fill the freezer, put your best foot forward. The good news? Many of the products you invest in will bring great results season after season. Here are five ways to make the most of your hunt plus some excellent equipment you can use to help.
Start early and invest in quality game cameras. Don't know where the best sites are? Begin in the summer before deer season with well-placed game cameras in the area you will hunt. Be sure to set up several in your hunting area and note the times, places and conditions that bring the deer out most often. Keep those cameras rolling well into the early part of the hunting season. You can pick up a Mossy Oak Bottomland Bushnell B-16 Game Camera at BassPro Shops for around $79.97. Or opt for a four-pack of Cuddeback Cuddelink Long-Range IR 20MP Trail Cameras available at Cabela's for $749.99.
Once you know where the deer are gathering, do your part to make sure they never know when you are coming. How? Cover up your scent! Dress light on the day of the hunt. Wear clothing that promises to wick away sweat and moisture, especially in the early season when the days are still somewhat warm. Invest in a scent-eliminating product and spray down everything. Spray your clothing, including hats, gloves, and outerwear. Pay attention to the places you sweat the most, like the inside rim of your favorite hunting cap or the inside of your boots. Don't stop there; spray your gear, lunch bags, anything you carry that might give away your location. Make sure you spray several times through the day and as you leave so that you don't inadvertently leave your scent behind. Check out Wildlife Research Scent Killer Gold Autumn Formula Spray at Dick's Sporting Goods for $14.99, available in a 24-ounce bottle.
Sometimes it comes down to knowing the right things to say at the right time. Speak the language the deer will respond to the most with a grunt call. Using the right grunt call at the right time can bring your hunt to a quick conclusion. Tailor your calls to match the season. Early on, use soft calls to lure bucks in range. During the rut, you can be a little more aggressive. Dick's Sporting Goods carries a Knight and Hale Buckstop Grunt Call for just $7.97. For a more comprehensive call, check out the Flextone All-N-One Boned Up Deer Call for just $15.99 at Cabela's.
While setting up the right equipment for your best hunt ever, don't neglect your own comfort. Focus on your feet; you will spend a long time on them. Your choice of footwear is essential, but so is what you wear next to your skin. Keep your feet dry and warm with moisture-wicking socks. For comfort and moisture protection, LL Bean carries Darn Tough Cushion Socks, available in Micro-Crew for $21.95. For a cheaper option, Clam Ice Armor Thermolite Liner Socks at Gander Outdoor for $14.99 per pair. Keep warm and dry with the right hunting bibs. You want to move quickly, so be careful when weighing yourself down with heavy and bulky outerwear, like Field and Stream's Men's True Pursuit Insulated Hunting Bibs available from Dick's Sporting Goods for $39.98. For the ladies, BassPro carries SHE Outdoor Women's Insulated Bibs for $69.00.