deer hunting

6 Things You Must Have to Go Deer Hunting

There are a lot of unnecessary stuff you might be tempted to carry when going deer hunting. It may be quite expensive, bulky and tiring to bring a lot of gear that you will not necessarily use. Bringing few hunting gear can make your work easier leading to more success in your deer hunting. This article discusses the most vital items you need to pack before going hunting.

  1. Choose your weapon

To be a successful hunter, you must have a weapon. Getting this weapon comes after the evaluation several factors. The choice of a weapon is also determined by your state’s hunting regulations.  Consider quality before purchasing any hunting weapon and try to read the review before the pick.  Many websites like provides quality review on different hunting equipment.

– Not all types of gun sizes will be legally acceptable.

– There are particular seasons of the year when a specific type of gun is it a muzzle revolver, a shotgun or a rifle should be used.

– Some states do not allow high powered rifle in deer hunting.

– Check on the minimum poundage requirements.

– Check on your state’s laws concerning the use of cross bow in harvesting whitetail deer.

  1. License to Kill

Before you go hunting, you must possess a legally accepted license or permit for deer hunting. Some states also require newbie hunters and other non-residents have a basic hunter safety education program. In most cases, it is a 10-hour course that enlightens deer hunters about their safety, responsibility and makes them knowledgeable about the wildlife conversation. Upon completion, hunters receive a certification to depict the same.

  1. The right dressing

It is the time you figure out what you should wear. Your dressing will mostly be determined by the time of the year, and it can either be lightweight gear or heavy gear. There are few factors to consider when going for your gear.

– Always consult from the local weather forecast department for their weather predictions.

– Make use of a scent-less soap when washing your clothes to eliminate any foreign odors.

– Layering the clothes is the most suitable way of staying warm.

– Consider the terrain you will be at and choose then right camouflage pattern to match the terrain.

– Consider wearing gloves and mask to get a better blending and control of scent.

– Consider wearing or bringing in some rain attires to keep dry.

– Have a comfortable gear of hunting boots.

  1. Hunting Optics Binoculars or Rimfire/ Rifle Scope

An good pair of hunting optics is something you will need. The binoculars or rimfire scope will help you in spotting whitetails a distance away and can determine your success in this spot. Binoculars can be used to scan the heavy cover and spot big bucks. You will be able to zoom on a whitetail that is on your range and determine if it is time to shoot or not.

  1. Know your distance

When hunting for the deer, a rangefinder is quite necessary no matter the firepower of your shooting gear. You need to find the approximate distance of the deer before making a perfect shot. Every shot should result in an ethical kill, and a rangefinder is your ultimate tool to assist you.

When hunting with the use of a bow, mark spots in 10-yard increments from the deer stand by the use of rangefinders before seeing any deer. You can also make use of small landmarks such as rock and other natural features. This way, you will know the approximate deer distance without making unnecessarily movements.

  1. Do not fear the dark

Most of your deer scouting and hunting will be done under a cloud of darkness. Consider carrying a flashlight with you. Other hunters may prefer using the headlamp. The headlamp allows you to have light while carrying your weapon or navigating through the bushes and climbing the stands. A light source will also warn the other deer hunters of your presence.

To get a better sneaking in an undetected way, try parking your items in a lighter manner as compared to parking many components that you will not necessarily use. It will be less tiring, and you will end up hunting more often. When you bring fewer items, you reduce your scent, and you can sneak easily and quietly. You will also be less likely spotted ion your hunting stand. Only park the most necessary items you need for your hunting adventure.  Follow these six tips discussed above and you will have more success in this sport.

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How to Kill Bigger Bucks


Today we are featuring a guest post by our friend Zachary Wolfe from his blog at Hunterz List.

They’re various tips and strategies that can make you a better hunter. However, those who implement what they learn compared to those who don’t, are few and far between. Today, thanks to Google, we have an abundance of whitetail knowledge right at our fingertips. But, those who don’t see immediate results after using tips from the latest hunting article, quickly get discouraged.

Let’s face it, we live in a society where everyone wants instant gratification. Some hunters are searching for the magical solution to killing bigger bucks. Guess what? There isn’t one. Unfortunately, some of today’s hunters are carrying this mentality into the woods. I’m here to tell you It’s not going to work!

Hunting is a far cry from that. We put in long hours in the stand, most of the time with nothing to show for it. But, that time isn’t wasted. Successful hunters realize this. They cherish their uneventful hunts just as much as their successful ones. Why? Because they step into the woods to become a better hunter. They learn from their mistakes, they pay close attention to detail and their experiences, and use this knowledge to hone their skills. They take action and consistently implement basic strategies every hunting season, not letting complacency take over. This is why they reap the benefits of harvesting mature deer year after year.

It’s time to focus on becoming a better hunter. Ask yourself what you could be doing differently. Realize that the outcome of every hunt will not be a successful one. Understand that mature deer aren’t taken easily. Stop searching for an immediate solution, take action on strategies that you’ve been neglecting and learn from your mistakes. There’s no better time than the present. Together we can bridge the gap!

You Can Start By Utilizing These Basic Strategies

Scent Control:

Every hunter should know that scent can make or break a hunt. Yes, we’ve all witnessed close encounters with deer when we haven’t utilized scent control. But, this has more to do with wind direction than anything else. Shower and wash your clothes with a scent eliminator prior to stepping into the woods. Also, use a scent blocker to spray down your boots, head and underarms. Most of your scent is omitted from these areas.

Analyze Weather Conditions:

Weather plays an important role in deer movement. Never force a hunt! If the wind direction isn’t ideal for your set-up, it’s smarter to skip the hunt rather than educate a mature buck on your property. Also, start saving your vacation days for cold fronts. These are some of the best times to be in the stand.

Pre-Season Scouting:

Preparation is important for a successful hunting season. Pre-season scouting will allow you to locate feeding and bedding areas, travel routes, and possible stand locations.

Utilize Trail Cameras:

Invest in a trail camera. Get your camera set up in late spring or early summer. They’re your eyes in the woods. You’ll be able to gather and analyze important information about deer population, mature bucks, feeding and moving patterns.

Hang Stands Early:

It’s important to get your setup hung pre-season. Be sure to set aside a summer weekend to check this one off your list. Getting this done early will help you choose the best stand placement, understand how deer move to and from your stand and allow the woods to calm down afterwards. The last thing you want to be doing is selecting your setup mid-season.

Practice your Marksmanship:

I can’t stress this one enough. You should be perfecting your shot during the spring and summer months. This will make you a more confident and fluent hunter in the field. Practicing will not only help you make a humane kill, but will also help you capitalize on big buck opportunities that present themselves.

Cut Shooting Lanes:

Along with hanging stands, cutting shooting lanes are just as important. You’ll be kicking yourself during the season if that limb is blocking your shot at a nice buck. Make sure you clear all necessary limbs that could block your shot placement. But, be mindful to keep enough natural cover to keep you concealed.

Deer Management:

Quality deer management is important. Season after season you’re in the pursuit of a trophy buck. Yet, so many hunters shoot anything with antlers and pass up on opportunities to harvest a doe. Does this sound familiar? Proper doe management and allowing bucks to mature are qualities of an educated hunter. Try implementing this on your property.

If you’ve read this far it’s because you have a passion for hunting. We’re not all perfect. I have my moments too. But, it’s time to ruck up and stop acting like a hunter and actually become one. It’s time to shrink the gap between those who kill big bucks every year and those who don’t, and it starts right now!

Until next time…Hunt Hard!