Opening Week Deer
The opening week of the deer hunting bow season provides the hunter with a good opportunity for success. There is a wide selection of food sources available that can in many cases allow for better patterning of the deer. The abundance of farm crops give the hunter a chance to observe deer from a distance, and then based on observations, be able to set up accordingly.
Early season deer hunting in many instances often seems like the easiest time of the year to hunt. This is because, for the most part, there has not been any pressure on the deer. The woods have been free from hunter activity for several months. Deer movement has become almost routine and the deer seem somewhat relaxed. Often the hunter is able to take advantage of these situations.
The key to success during the early deer hunting season, like other times of the year, is for the hunter to not be detected by the deer. Fields full of crops offer the hunter the ability to hunt numerous locations without over saturating any given area. Since deer will have bedding areas near these food sources, the hunter has the choice of hunting near field edges or areas near bedding locations.
The hunter should set up stand locations based on observed deer movement. Placing stands during the middle of the day is a tactic often used, however, carrying a portable stand into a location to be hunted in immediately can be just as effective. The trick is to be as quiet as possible to prevent being detected. Always allow extra time if using the later approach.
Another key to success, especially during the warm weather months, is scent control. Deer hunting during early season requires extra attention to be given towards controlling human odors. The hunter will sweat, this obviously creates odor. Taking a shower prior to hunting is recommended. The use of human odor control products is a requirement.
Although there will be much anticipated excitement for the opening week of the deer hunting season, the use of good judgement and hunting tactics will dictate success. As always be safe and good luck.