The thrilling spirit of a wild adventure can be likened to an addictive intoxicating wine. Such is the excitement to be experienced during a whitetail deer hunting which is fast becoming as one of the world’s top hunting categories.
The object of the game is to outwit the whitetail deer on his territorial ground. Whitetail deer are so called due to the appearance of white underside on their tails that stands upright while they run. Because of its agility, many hunters embark on a hunting trip only to return with no prized trophy on their hands. But, the forest beckons and when deer hunting season is open again, the hunter is back with more determination to outmanoeuvre his prey.
One of the reasons why whitetail deer hunting is more popular than the other hunting genres is that hunters can equip themselves with different hunting equipment. Still, some hunting tips may be helpful in addition to the crossbows and firearms to merit some productive results.
Locating Where the Deer Are
It is a common mistake especially for beginners to stalk and rove through the forest and randomly pick a spot to wait. Hunters need to preserve that energy and instead search for tell-tale signs that whitetails are in the area. Some of the best indications are flattened grasses, splintered or damaged parts on trees, long scrapes and hoof marks on the ground. Usually these are enough indications to determine how big the deer is and in which direction he leads.
Set up a camouflaged station at a vantage point where there is a clear view of approaching targets. It is best to hole up in areas where whitetails may have plenty of what they need such as water and grass. Swampy areas are the most ideal places to look for them especially if there is a wooden area nearby.
Conceiling the Scent
Like all wild animals, whitetail deer have very sensitive sense of smell. They easily detect unfamiliar scents in their territory. Masking the scent prevents the deer from recognizing and discovering the hunter’s location. To conceal the scent, the hunter must cover all exposed skin as much as possible to avoid the deer from tracking down the odors released from the hunter’s body. It is a good idea to tuck the pants inside the shoes and outline the hunter’s clothes with charcoal to deaden the scent.
To avoid scaring them away, the hunter can try masking human scent by covering it with animal scents like doe urine which can be bought in a hunting shop. The hunter must avoid spraying himself with scented products like insect repellent, sunscreen, deodorant and other strong-smelling products that may drive the deer away from the hunter’s spot.
Mimicking Deer Calls
When whitetails are hard to come by, use a deer call. Whistles and horns particularly designed to replicate the sound that deer make are available in game shops. A grunt tube sounds like signals that deer use to call each other; a rattling horn imitates the fighting noises of bucks on collision and there is the doe bleats that mimics the sound of female whitetails during mating season. Whitetail deer, in their curiosity may try to find the source of the sound thinking it belongs to one of their lot.
There is nothing compared to the stimulating delight that whitetail deer hunting brings. Hunters hooked on this hobby always look forward to the opening of the annual official deer hunting season to stalk in the deepest part of the woods to deliver a kill and obtained that much-desired trophy to be hung in that big empty space in the wall. Only by venturing out there in the wilderness can the excitement truly begins.