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Your last minute tips for deer hunter rookies #7333919 11/01/18 04:12 AM
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What last minute tips do you have to offer the newcomers to our sport? Here are a few of mine...

A well hit deer can still run a surprising distance before collapsing or simply laying down before it expires. Pay close attention after the shot to see which way it ran and do your best to notice specific trees or other markers so that you can trace its exit path. Also, plenty of deer have been found with no found trace of blood behind them.

While 9am can be the time when many hunters begin heading back to camp, it can also be about the time an old buck leaves his bed. You might be surprised at what you see between 9 and 11am.

Never be the guy who only brings enough for himself to eat and drink at deer camp.

Be the first to volunteer to help when the opportunity presents itself.

Nobody gives a toot about how much lead you can blast out the end of a barrel or the price of your scope. However, they care a heck of a lot about whether or not you can hit what youíre aiming at with a bullet. And in many deer camps, if you draw blood but donít recover the deer, subtract one deer from your lease quota. It may happen to everyone, but some folks donít view themselves and their fellow lease members as everyone.

And finally, if you donít know or have doubts, ask, no matter how simple the question. No one came out of the womb knowing how to deer hunt.


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Good stuff Dan.

I will also add, be patient after the shot. Take your time before going to search.

There is no need to whisper after firing your gun.

Always keep gun muzzle in a safe direction.

It's all a gamble, don't second guess what stand you will be in.

Don't spend to much time looking down at your phone in the blind.

Bring a nice urine bottle. I prefer to rotate orange juice containers.

If other hunters, respect their are with proper ingress and egress routes.

Listen, listen, listen. I hear more deer walking thought the woods than I see. Sometimes you think it's a a huge deer and its a squirell.

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Re: Your last minute tips for deer hunter rookies [Re: Texas Dan] #7333957 11/01/18 05:47 AM
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Fyi due to time change now, 9 am is like 10 am on opener. So stick around until 11. My best buck was at 10:35 am in December. Saw nothing earlier. It's all about patience or play another phone game and look up.

And if you are on my old lease, shoot the first deer you see since you will see nothing afterwards. hammer That lease sucked!!! Then some knucklehead took his grandson there the next year, fell asleep and killed a 150 inch. You just never know.

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Yes, pure luck carries a lot a weight in deer hunting.


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Re: Your last minute tips for deer hunter rookies [Re: Texas Dan] #7333993 11/01/18 11:14 AM
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Re: Your last minute tips for deer hunter rookies [Re: Texas Dan] #7334002 11/01/18 11:27 AM
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Dont shoot the first deer you see, unless it's a bigun . If you see deer looking back in the woods, hold your fire. Big boy could be on his way. I've shot lesser bucks, only to have a monster run out and run off.

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I would stress gun safety. Keep your weapon unloaded except when youíre in your deer stand. Be aware of where the muzzle is pointing at all times. I am constantly on watch for proper muzzle discipline from others. Even hunters with decades of experience can sometimes not pay attention in which direction the muzzle of their rifle is pointing.

Have fun and enjoy the experience even if you donít shoot or see a deer. Harvesting an animal is but a small part of hunting.

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True. Killing a deer, to me at least, is just a small part of being in the deer woods.


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Know which way the wind is blowing.

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Be careful with your rifle when you are in camp and by yourself. Make sure you unload it before you get into camp. If you carry it to your blind loaded then unload it before you get into your blind. Especially if any climbing is involved. Just be careful with it.

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Originally Posted By: Creekrunner
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I lost a shirt in Colorado because I failed to heed this rule

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Stay until END OF SHOOTING LIGHT! It's amazing how many bucks I see in the last 30 minutes of light.

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"Have fun and enjoy the experience even if you donít shoot or see a deer. Harvesting an animal is but a small part of hunting."

I like to get wall hangers as much as anyone else, but I truly enjoy the experience and the campfires more than the kill and I try to instill that in my kids. Enjoy what nature has to offer even if that day is just birds and the occasionally rabbit running out in the mesquites.

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Look closer. Look for movement. Look longer.


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Practice, practice, practice. Know your weapon like you know yourself. Fire it before you go into the field. Study your trigger pull and your point of impact and last but not least, breathe then squeeeeze, don't yank the trigger.

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Originally Posted By: txtrophy85
Originally Posted By: Creekrunner
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I lost a shirt in Colorado because I failed to heed this rule


I have some sleeveless t shirts for this very reason

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Originally Posted By: Creekrunner
Look closer. Look for movement. Look longer.


I read one time, and it works, don't look for deer.... look for parts of deer, nose, tail, legs, ears... great book, wish I could remember which one it was, probably "Shots at Whitetails"... a great read for every deer hunter

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Originally Posted By: Creekrunner
Look closer. Look for movement. Look longer.

I was told by an old hunter to look for horizontal lines. He said in nature everything grows vertical and to look twice at anything horizontal. Found many a back and belly of a deer standing in the bush that way.
Also told by a old woman hunter to always look as far as you can. She said your eyes will pick up any movement between you and where you are looking. And she was right.


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Originally Posted By: Buccaneer
Stay until END OF SHOOTING LIGHT! It's amazing how many bucks I see in the last 30 minutes of light.


or the last 15 min.


I've got 3 animals on my wall that appeared in the last 15 min of shooting light.



Of course I've got like 9 others that were killed with plenty of light left but you get what I'm saying grin

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Put those crosshairs on a specific spot on the deer, not on "the deer". The most common cause of a gut shot or lost deer is centering the whole deer in the scope.


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Originally Posted By: Creekrunner
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Look closer. Look for movement. Look longer.

I was told by an old hunter to look for horizontal lines. He said in nature everything grows vertical and to look twice at anything horizontal. Found many a back and belly of a deer standing in the bush that way.
Also told by a old woman hunter to always look as far as you can. She said your eyes will pick up any movement between you and where you are looking. And she was right.


I was told those things when I was kid. The horizontal thing is absolutely true. up

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Know your legal shooting times for each day. Carry a pen and whatever you intend to use to attach your tag to your deer before you move it. Don't hunt stands if the wind is wrong.

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When you get in the stand open all the pop tops on the beer cans so you don't spook anything later. up

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