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First time deer hunting. Advice?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by IndianaMatt, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. IndianaMatt

    IndianaMatt

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    What advice would you give to a newbie who's observed, but never actually done the deer hunting himself?

    I'll be going this November in Wisconsin. Any words of wisdom or philosophy for my first time out?
     
  2. K1500

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    Bring something warm to sit on (foam pad). Bring good warm gloves and a good warm hat. Bring rubber gloves and an illustrated field dressing guide with you. Get out of the truck and off the road (that's not hunting). Have fun and don't be dissapointed if you don't get/see a deer. It is a great sport when done right.
     


  3. IndianaMatt

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    Wise words. I'm actually almost going with the expectation that I won't bag anything my first time out, and if I do that'll just be a big bonus to getting to march around the woods with my rifle.
     
  4. Bring a couple of PBJ's sandwiches, protein bars, gatorade or water, and sit the entire day. Do not get up and leave for lunch stay in the field all day especially the first day of hunting. Make sure your rifle is sighted in before going. Use scent spray and the wind to mask your human odor. You will be suprised you will most likely connect on something? Good Luck. Be Safe.
     
  5. Harper

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    Bring something to haul the deer out of the woods with. I often hunt pretty far from the truck and dragging deer through the woods can be very intense physical exertion.
     
  6. IndianaMatt

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    Like what? Some sort of wheelbarrow?
     
  7. K1500

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    Para-Cord. Tie it to the rack/head and fashion a T handle at the other end with a smooth branch and drag. If you want to get fancy (or if you are hunting out of a tree stand), you can bring a harness or strap and tie the drag to your safety harness. I frequently bring a pre-sewed loop of nylon you can wear across the chest in a manner similar to a messenger bag. Tie your drag to this and it takes the burden off your hands and arms. I typically hunt in farmland, where access is fairly easy. I can usually drag the deer a short distance to the edge of the field and leave it while I go get the truck. It can give you a good cardio workout, wspecially if you have to go uphill.

    You can get a game cart or sled, but you wouldn't want to bring it into the woods until after you get one. It would be a bit cumbersome and presumptuous to stroll through the woods with a wheelbarrow BEFORE you get a deer. Leave it in the truck and go get it if you really need it.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    90%+ of the stuff out there you don't need. Good boots, warm and dry clothing, knife and rifle, and a small fanny pack or ruck with lunch and some simple survival and comfort gear is all you really need. I would also add a book such as the deer hunter&#8217;s bible, geared toward new hunters (the book is for before you go). Have fun.<o:p></o:p>
     
  8. Glock30Eric

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    Get a pistol with you, I have read several stories that a hunter went out to hunt, got a deer, but another hunter approached to him and got him at gun-point to steal his deer. Remember this, we are in a really bad economy and people would do crazy stuff to survive.
     
  9. Glock30Eric

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    Don't drink a coffee because you will be smelly with the coffee's odor emitting out from your skin.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Don't urine nearby your hunting area because that will scare the deer away from that area.<o:p></o:p>

    Don&#8217;t walk in the path of deer&#8217;s trail because if deer will know if someone walked in his trail.

    Deer aren&#8217;t dumnb. That is why deer hunting is so addictive.

    Don't return to the same spot that you hunted because deer will remembers where you were at. If you change your hunting spot so often and that will confuses the deer; you'll have a better chance to hunt a deer. For clarifitication purpose, you could hunt in one spot for a whole day but in the next day, you&#8217;ll need to find a new hunting spot; maybe 150-250 feets away from your previous spot.

    If you saw a deer, control your breathing and your heart beating. Don't move in when the deer is staring at you. Only move when the deer isn't staring at you and you are out of his sights. MOVE VERY SLOWLY AND DON'T MAKE ANY SOUNDS!!!

    I am deaf and I hunted several deer. :)

     
  10. Zombie Steve

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    Oh yeah. Bundle up, or it will be a short day. I agree with the comments about the boots, hat, et cetera, but they won't keep your extremities warm if your torso isn't warm. Core temp. Core temp. Core temp. Cotton kills. Get some poly base layers (expedition weight if you won't be moving around much, mids if you will be moving).
     
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  11. sourdough44

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    The 1st objective is to have a safe hunt. Of course gun handling & any tree stand climbing can be key areas. Starting out I would hook up with a guy or 2 who have been doing it a while. As mentioned by yourself don't feel you HAVE to bag something. You need POSITIVE I.D. of your target & what's beyond before you take the safety off. Be all the more careful in low light,but legal, minutes.

    If you don't have connections it can be as simple as getting a plat book & going to a likely spot on public access land, preferably up Nor't & giving it a go. It was better hunting up there before the wolves ate most of the deer though.

    The wind/breeze is very important while deer hunting. You can stink to high heavens as long as the breeze is drifting from you AWAY from the direction you expect deer to approach from. Some from of scent control is good though. I'd rather hunt in thick/moderate cover than overlook a wide field that deer aren't comfortable in anyway. In thick cover you'll have more comfortable deer, stopped or walking, & the shots a reasonable distance.

    The quintessential WI deer rifle is a 308, though many others can be almost as perfect.:cool:
     
  12. BK63

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    It's kind of tough going some place you have not been to before. The best thing to do is scout the area before the season. Find out where they run and then find a good place to sit. This is not as easy as it sounds and sometimes takes a lot of walking and looking for weeks or months sometimes. I hunted for several years before I actually found a place where they were running through from all directions and then sat there and finally started getting one every year. As for dragging them out, even a 100 pound doe is dead weight and is a lot of work to drag. I found one of the portable sleds are best. They make a rollup type that you can easily carry with you. It's like a big piece of heavy plastic. If you get one, you unroll it and the deer sits inside and you tie it up around him. Makes dragging it out 100% easier. Good luck.
     
  13. eracer

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  14. I break just about every one of those rule on my hunts (well I gave up coffee about 2 years ago) and have no trouble shooting deer.

    I've shot deer out of a stand in the afternoon that someone else shot a deer out of that same morning. I've shot deer on consecutive days out of the same stand.

    I've peed out of my tree stand and shot deer a short while later.

    The trails I take into and out of my stands are the same trails the deer walk on.

    Paying attention to the wind and being able to sit still are the two most important things in my opinion. Growing up hunting in northern Minnesota you can't sit still if you can't stay warm. But don't hike in wearing all your warm clothes. You just get all sweaty and then you get really cold when you sit down.
     
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  15. Jonesee

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    WTF???

    You are already carrying a rifle!!!

    Cite 2 news reports showing this really happened.
     
  16. Harper

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    Game cart.

    Yep, especially in the morning when it's pitch black outside. I only made that mistake once.
     
  17. IndianaMatt

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  18. Glock30Eric

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    Ok I must wrote it in an bad English written.

    My point is that, you won't have a rifle in your hands while you are hauling a deer. A criminal hunter will call his friends to trail and sneak around you to ambush you, to take your deer, your weapons, your cell phone away from you. It is common in a deep wood.

    I will carry pistol with me all the time. I don't care if you think I'm crazy but I'm more well prepared than you. I can depends on my glock than your 911 call.

    Keep in mind, hunting deer could means a deer bowing, or black-powder, knife, pistol, javelin hunting.

    Be safe and be a smart hunter.

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  19. Jonesee

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    Glock30Eric:

    Do you have a lot of knife and javelin deer hunting in the deep woods of Maryland?