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As every bow deer hunter knows, approaching your hunt depends primarily on which time of deer hunt season you're from the 3 main deer hunting seasons.
Deer Hunting Early Season
Is the best time of year for bow deer hunting, deer still feeling safe from the sight of humans? In the summertime, food is everywhere, making deer moving a lot here and there between the morning and evening meals, which makes them easy to spot and ambush.
Early season bow deer hunting depends on three concepts to maintain good and fruitful hunting trips: Minimal pressure, fabricating a good hunting plan before starting the hunt and aiming to hunt in places with congregations of deer.
Let's take about each of these concepts:
1. DON’T PRESSURE THE ANIMAL
Try to make good use of hunting technology, like the game hunting cameras and other technologies that make your movements and observing at a minimum, because, at the season beginning, deer are not spooked yet from seeing humans, so, don't make it run from you.
Try to use unscented gear or scented with a natural scent.
In the season beginning, or before the opening day, all bow deer hunters want to gather as much information as they could about deer movements by trying to get as close to the animal as they can, which will lead to scared animals running from here to there. Try to use the idea behind that the deer didn't start to feer people yet! It's season-opening! Try to stay calm as you can, and use instead hunting-and-observation cameras on poles for this purpose, this way - any spooked deer will run towards your safe area, so, they will come to your area.2- PLANNING IS EVERYTHING
Stop your activities in the property immediately after you finish your planning and putting your strategy and patterns, one or two weeks before the opening day, this way you’ll have the opportunity to lure the deer to you territory while they are scaping for other properties due to the much activities they have while observing the deer.
3- CHOOSE YOUR PATH
When deer have many food sources to choose from, it will select the food with high sugar, like fruits, acorns, and nuts, so the leaner seasons will come with the deer bulked up already and had his own feast before rutting season.
Look for the deer in areas where this kind of preferred food is there, set up your cameras, so, if the deer decided to graze in your area, then you can observe their habits! Feeding, bedding places, and the corridor in between.
This way, before the opening day comes, you would put your effective strategy already and planned ahead knowing the deer daily pattern in spending their natural day.
HUNTING FOR THE RUTTING SEASON
dedicated bow rut hunters knew very well that most of the bow deer hunters are not in favor of hunting in this season, because the gun hunters which they pressure the deer a lot this season, and it's rare to witness a bow kill in rutting season, so, it became a rare thing to make some bow hunters willing do it for the sake of adventure and self-affirming, and despite the huge pressure from the gun hunters and the scared animal running everywhere, it became rewarding by itself to score a bow kill in this period.
Hunting rutting animals is very difficult and rewarding but it needs mastering of high skills. Here are a couple of tips that can bring near mastering the rut hunt:
4. STALK THE FEMALES
Killing the deer buck is the most rewarding action while rut hunt with bowhunters, So, the master bow hunters, doe hunting is his aim, because where you'll find a buck there is a doe nearby.
Don't take me wrong, does hunting is not an easy thing either, they are very spooked in rut times because they are fighting on two fronts, the human hunters and the bucks.
Knowledge of the land and using common sense and good planning can give you its reward in hunting.
Hunting the rut is harder than in the early season where you can find the does crossing open areas with the buck on their tails, or find the well-occupied area of does.
5. THE KEY IS YOUR EARS
Although the surrounding atmosphere will of course be full of hustle and bustle, signals, whistling and the sounds of male battles to compete for females, and to fight over the territorial boundaries, you must take good care of these sounds that determine the whereabouts of males and thus females and vice versa.
With this kind of sounds, you can draw a picture in your mind of what is going there, and plan your strategy accordingly, Of course hunting the bucks is a very hard thing to aim, but still, it's very rewarding and better than hiding still over a tree, waiting for an animal crossing by.
If you're not the type of hunter like stalking, then, at least you can go early morning carefully trying to listen to bucks calls, make your notes, and with a little luck that the hunters will not pressure them to escape the area, you can come in the afternoon to try to score a kill.
HUNTING IN THE COLD SEASON
The late-season is the hardest season for hunting deer in general, the cold weather makes it uncomfortable while hunting, and the deer has developed a big fear from humans already during the last two seasons, so, hunting in the late season will need more of a hunter than other passes seasons, it will require from you to master some skills like knowing the deer behaviors and habits, and to do everything in stealth, this if you want to succeed in hunting deer in late season.
6. FIND THE FOOD
The good news here is the winter and cold brings with them less food area for the deer to search for their food, most of the grass is buried under ice already, and there are small areas of food sources for deer to graze on.
You can spot these areas that have the food source and a bedding place nearby, and make your patterning there, find their paths, and plan your ambushes.7- BE A STEALTHY HUNTER
During the late season, dear are easy to be spooked. There are two reasons for this: deer like to be in a common pattern to stick to, this helps them to be aware of unnormal things, and try to compensate for the terror they faced during the rut times.
To avoid this, you have to be stealthy with a no-pressure policy, the use of trail cameras in these times is very useful. Set them up conservatively, using the information from past observations to plan trips deep into the deer's core area. With enough information about your inquiry, you can begin to identify a potential ambush point during the afternoon to plan your attack.
With a shorter arc, you may need to bring deer closer to its bedding or feeding areas. To avoid being attacked by your target, wear odorless clothing, plan to camouflage well, and open a floor curtain to allow you to get as close as possible to the deer.
Whatever hunting season you’ll choose, deer hunting requires skills come with experience, and with these tips above, you can target these tips in your research and observation to have a fruitful coming hunt season.