Sunday, December 6, 2009

Deer Hunting Tips - Three Advanced Strategies

By Donald Borah

Every deer hunter wishes he or she could display a trophy buck at some time during their hunting career, some of us are not happy unless we bag at least one monster every season. If you are going to join the ranks of the elite hunters, then you need to know the deer hunting tips the elite hunters know. The true masters know the following advanced deer hunting tips I am about to share with you.

1. Know Your Firearm Well - Know the ballistics of the caliber and cartridge of the deer hunting rifle you have chosen to hunt with. You must be very familiar with the ballistic tables to properly adjust for the distance you are shooting. Know the fall on long shots and the rise on shorter shots. Become an expert on judging distances; 50 yards, 100 to 150 yards, 150 to 200 yards. Walk off the probable sighting areas ahead of time and measure landmarks so if you are making a 400 yard shot you know it is 400 yards; and you know the drop your bullet will realize at that distance and be able to adjust.

2. Become Familiar With Your Area Ahead of Time - This means doing more than just choosing where you want to sit after you leave the jeep, you should thoroughly get to know the area you are hunting. All of the most successful hunting seasons start months before opening day. Ask permission to go to the lease you are going to hunt on and scout all the areas well ahead of time. You should scout all the available hunting sites and "hunt without a gun." Act exactly like you are hunting but don't bring a gun (maybe a camera) and determine which areas have the greatest amount of deer population and movement, which have the biggest bucks and which areas have the highest buck to doe ratios. I also recommend walking your hunting areas during the middle of the day. Note any signs of big bucks, and regarding signs of big bucks:

3. What Are The Signs of Big Bucks? - If you know what to look for you can determine the areas where the trophy deer live. (2) Scrapes: These are areas where bucks scratch the ground (usually accompanied with urination) to mark territory and attract does, typically below low hanging tree branches at the border of heavy brush during the rut. (1) Rubs: Rubs are areas on trees and heavy brush where the bucks rub velvet off their antlers in spring and summer, and mark their territory during mating season. Look for a rub line, a series of rubs, a half a dozen or more within about a seventy five to one hundred yard space. Rubs are normally found on the side of the tree that the buck is traveling from, so noting which sides of the trees have rub marks in a rub line will tell you their normal direction of movement. Notice also the size and locations of bedding areas. If an experienced hunter finds no signs of bucks it means little chances for success. These are the deer hunting tips that separate the elite from the average hunters.

The average deer hunter with average knowledge typically gets average results. Any hunter can bag a small buck once a year and occasionally get lucky, but bringing home that majestic trophy buck with any regularity takes commitment and knowledge.

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Donald Borah is an outdoorsman, has been avid deer hunter for over 40 years and is a contributor to the Deer Hunting Tips website.

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