Deer Hunting Corn Fields
Deer Hunting Tips: Fields with standing corn provide deer with both a bedding area as well as a food source. A hunter can take advantage of this by deer hunting on foot. This article offers some helpful information for success.
There are some needed conditions in order for deer hunting in corn fields to work. The corn stalks must still be standing. This provides cover for both hunter and deer. There needs to be a blowing wind to aid with reducing hunter movement and noise. The windier the better. The wind should however be blowing parallel with the rows of corn. Although not necessary, an added bonus would also be to have wet corn stalks due to rain or snow.
Deer hunting in corn fields requires certain equipment. The hunter needs to have camouflaged clothing with a brown and tan pattern for normal days. A white pattern if there happens to be snow on the ground. The clothing should be made of a quiet, soft material to reduce noise. A face mask is also required as well as gloves. A good scent elimination product should always be used. A good light weight pair of binoculars is also needed.
A good technique to use is to start at the downwind side of the field and slowly move across each row. Use binoculars to look up each row before moving to the next. Use the corn stalks as cover. Only lean slightly into the row to provide a clear field of view. Depending on how thick the stalks are, you will probably not be able to see more than seventy five yards or so.
If you make it all the way across the field without seeing deer, move up wind and begin walking back across the rows again. How far you walk up wind depends on how far you were able to see up the rows. For example, if you were able to see 75 yards up the rows, walk up wind about 65 yards and start back across. This will give you a little leave way for error. Follow this back and forth pattern until the field is covered or until deer are located.
When deer are located, estimate the distance and body position. In many cases the deer will be bedded down but at times they may be standing. Move back 15-20 rows if possible. Walk up wind in the direction of the deer only to within a comfortable shooting range. This is determined by choice of weapon. Firearms don’t need to be as close as a bow. Once you have closed the distance, start back across the rows in the direction of the deer. Make this approach extremely slow. This should position you for an accurate shot. Make sure to remember how many rows to cross to get back to the deer.
Always make sure to glass the rows before moving forward. Look for deer body parts and not just the entire deer. Often there will be more than one deer in the field so stay alert and don’t get tunnel vision. Take your time especially during the final approach. Rushing only leads to failure. Corn fields offer the hunter an added resource for late morning and midday deer hunting.
Follow these deer hunting tips for exciting corn field action. As always be safe and good luck.
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