Avoid the 5 Cardinal Sins of Deer Hunting
Deer are notorious for slipping by virtually unnoticed. A few seconds of distraction can allow a deer enough time to cross one of your shooting lanes without ever being seen. Increase your chances of spotting your quarry by avoiding the five cardinal sins of deer hunting.
Stay off of the internet
Surfing the web can provide hours of entertainment and useful information. But these types of activities will only draw your focus away from the task at hand: the hunt. Shunning the internet will also keep you away from the social media temptation. After hours of hunting, it can be enticing to entertain yourself by going online to see if your buddies have gotten any deer today. But what was intended to be a quick check of social media could easily turn into hours of scrolling through pictures and posts. The time you spend looking at photographs of your neighbor’s deer could result in missed harvesting opportunities for you. After all, if you’re gazing into your phone, you’re not properly observing your shooting lanes.
Don’t text and hunt
Save the texting until your time in the woods is over. Although it only takes a few seconds to hammer out a text, it also only takes a few seconds for a deer to pass by your stand unnoticed. After spending all day hunting, it would be a waste to miss a harvesting opportunity because of a text message.
Leave the books at home
Reading a book is a relaxing leisure activity, but it’s not a productive way to spend your time while hunting. If you bring a book to the woods, isn’t that a subtle way of telling yourself that you aren’t expecting to harvest a deer? Leave the books on the shelf at home and enjoy them after your hunt is done.
Cut the noise
If you share a stand with a buddy, a little whispering might be necessary. For instance, if you spot a deer, you should definitely tell your friend. But, talking at easily audible volumes about yesterday’s football game might be a bit much. And snacking on foods that are packaged in noisy bags can spook a deer before you ever get the chance to lay eyes on it. Keeping noise levels down will increase your chances to see some activity in your lanes.
Movement in the stand attracts attention from wildlife. If you are moving around in your stand, a deer is likely to see you before you ever get an opportunity to see him. If he sees something he doesn’t feel comfortable with, he will stay within the cover of the woods and avoid stepping out into your shooting lanes. By being still, you can increase your chances of spotting deer.
Although these cardinal sins are tempting to most hunters, a serious hunter will avoid them and keep his focus on bagging a deer. Avoid the internet altogether, don’t text message your sweetheart, leave your reading materials at the house, maintain silence in the deer stand and sit still. If you are willing to make these minor sacrifices, you might find yourself more thoroughly enjoying the hunt.