Still Hunting And Stalking Tips

Deer hunting from the ground can at times offer hunters a better chance at success. These are some tips for better still hunting and stalking for deer.

Safety

The first thing that hunters need to consider before anything else is safety. Since the hunter will be deer hunting from the ground and on foot, extra precautions must be taken. It is best to hunt on private property in which no other hunters will be nearby. Always wear hunter orange. Always be aware of the set up boundaries and terrain of the land to be hunted.

Shooting

Before firing at any deer from the ground, make sure that the shot is a safe one. This requires knowledge of what is beyond the deer. Take your time and make an accurate shot. Never rush, and if the shot is risky, don’t take it. This will help reduce any chances of accidents.

Clothing

The clothing to be worn by the hunter should be made of a soft, noise resistant material. Being on the ground dictates that the hunter will come in contact with branches, briers, undergrowth, or other natural objects that may cause noises when brushed up against. Wearing quiet clothing will reduce any unwanted sounds. It is also important that the clothing be camouflaged with patterns that blend in naturally with the terrain to be hunted.

Hunting Conditions

One of the best times to use still hunting tactics is during wet weather. The ground will be soft and wet which allows the hunter to move more quietly. Light rain or snow days offer ideal conditions. Another condition to consider is the wind. The best approach is to have the wind in the face while moving about.

Hunting Technique

The best technique for still hunting is to move slowly and methodically throughout the woods. Walk short distances as quietly as possible. Stop and look around the area thoroughly before moving on. Listen for any sounds that may be related to deer activity.

Locating Deer

To be successful, the hunter must have a good knowledge of the land and be aware of the areas that are most likely to have deer activity. These may be feeding, bedding, or travel areas. Look for fresh deer sign that indicates current deer movement. When attempting to spot the deer, look for legs or body movement, head turning, ears or tails moving, white hair patches, antlers, or even deer bedded down. A good pair of binoculars is suggested.

The key to success when it comes to still hunting or stalking for deer is to spot the deer before being detected. Use a slow quiet approach and spend enough time looking and listening before moving again.

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