You have heard it said that the devil is in the details.
Never has this statement been more true than in the world of deer hunting.
Dad and I talk about this all the time how most hunters just do not realize how important details can be when it comes to consistently harvesting deer.
We spend more hours than we could count during the off season planning and preparing our hunting sites.
In fact, our goal is to never go into an actual hunting scenario without having a specific tree to hunt and a carefully prepared access point to that stand which takes into account things like wind direction and how the deer movement will interact with our approach.
In other words, we have learned the hard way that ambling around the woods trying to find a suitable tree will almost always end in failure.
You have to consider where the sun will be and we try our best to keep the sun to our back and the wind in our face.
You have to think about shooting lanes and what direction the deer will approach the stand from.
It is also important to think about the tree you select for your stand. Here are a few things to consider.
1. Is the tree tall enough and straight enough to allow you to get at least 15-25 feet off the ground?
2. Are there any nearby trees or limbs on the tree that will prevent you from getting a clear shot?
3. What kind of backdrop do you have? The worst thing you can do is pick a tree that is out all by itself with no surrounding cover. Deer will pick you off easily if you stand out.
It is crucial to think through all of the steps of the hunt in advance.
When we step out of the truck on the morning of the hunt we know that if we have a specific entry plan, a carefully chosen tree with shooting lanes that has been prepared in advance, and a knowledge of how the deer are travelling through the area based on thorough scouting our chances of seeing or harvesting a deer are greatly increased.
In contrast, we know that if we are walking blind into an area and picking a tree on the morning of the hunt with not a lot of pre-planning or scouting involved then our chances are greatly diminished.
Details are going to either make or break your hunt.
The more effort that goes into the planning the more success you are going to enjoy.
Question: What important details would you add to this list? Do you agree or disagree with the fact that choosing a specific tree in advance is important? Please leave a comment below or by clicking here.
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