Whitetail Deer Hunting Tips?

Grayson Everett

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Does anyone have any great bowhunting tips to consider when Hunting Whitetail from treestands?

What are some good tactics to get whitetail close to the area?
How high should I place my stand in the tree in order to not have to worry about the wind and my scent?
How long should I wait after taking a shot on a deer in order to begin tracking?

Any suggestions to these questions and other helpful tips?
Yes, hunt often.
No, hunt vía forums.
Yes, hunt where the deer want to move.
No, hunt where the deer are on alert.
Yes, stay very still.
No, let you gear call out to the deer.
Yes, stay very quiet.
No, don't rely on noises.
Yes, don't smell like you.
No, don't fall for all the scent eliminators.
Yes, watch where the wind goes.
No, don't even think you can fool their nose.
Yes, the wind will move during the day.
No, don't let that wind fall on the deer.
Yes, get high enough to not be in their line of sight.
No, don't go so high you don't have a shooting lanes.
Yes, know were the deer go after you shoot it.
No, don't use just your eyes.
Yes, wait for them to fall.
No, you don't have to wait hours if your POI is correct.
Yes, a poor shot needs more time.
No, poor shots are "just the norm"
Yes, practice shot placement at height.
No, practice does NOT make perfect.
Yes, perfect practice makes you better.
No, practice without purpose is not helping.
Yes, practice tracking for fun.
No, the weather is not your friend.

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Best tip for hunting from a tree stand....WEAR A HARNESS!

Tactics for getting deer close to the area? Ummm...hunt better! You don't bring the deer to you...at least I don't. I go where I suspect the deer to be. Natural funnels, pinch points, heavy trails, rub lines and the like "should" help you narrow down where the deer will be. If your just picking a random tree in the woods...well....hunt better! Deer hunting isn't like hunting geese in a cut corn field....you don't see them in the distance and then start making all sorts of racket to bring them too you...at least not the way I do it. I don't call, I don't rattle, I don't use scents... My best results are trying to be a ghost... What you see on TV and the like tend to NOT be the real world most of us hunt in. Those places shown on TV tend to have very low pressure and far more balanced ratios where the bucks have to work MUCH harder for a doe to breed. I have only once used a call to draw in a deer, I have only once used scent to draw in a deer, I have drawn in a few via a decoy in a cut wide open bean/corn field before. Consider this.... if you have a 40 you hunt and every other property in your square mile is a 40 with a single hunter...that is 16 hunters. And if they all call or the like the deer have certainly figured out that it's hunters...and NOT deer. Also consider how much you have heard a deer actually grunt or have a sparing session. I have hunted for nearly 20 years...and have heard bucks grunt only a handful of times and I have only seen a sparing event once...and they where much smaller bucks,

Stand height should be more about getting out of the view of deer and is VERY dependent on the situation. You need to simply be high enough to hide yourself well. Cover between you and the deer helps and cover behind you to break up your outline is VERY helpful. You also don't want the deer to be right under you...I like sitting about 20 yards off where I suspect my shot will be. I like to be 15 to 20 feet up on average. And that height has NOTHING to do with scent. I ALWAYS, 100%, ALL THE TIME, hunt with the wind in my face. I try to remain scent free and still will not chance it. I don't care what clothes you wear, what soap or spray you use or what other contraptions you may use to kill your scent....nothing better than being downwind!

Tracking is another situational thing. The weather, shot placement, predators in the area and the like all impact such a decision. The only time I go right after a deer is when I see it go down...and even then I take a few minutes to collect myself. Bad hits, you need to wait a lot longer. A deer can go a long way on a marginal shot....and your best bet at recovery is to let the deer bed down and give it as much time as you can without loosing it to predators or warm weather. On a good hit that the deer runs off....I try to wait at least 30 minutes.
Letting the deer teach you is the best and most fun way. Get out there with a couple basics and they will tell you all you want to know regarding your questions. It’s the most fun that way.
Do everuyhing in your power to not educate deer to the fact that you are hunting them.

Try to think like a trapper when it comes to odor...never touch anything that you don't need to. Carry pruners and use them to clip or push stuff out of your way. Remember, a single fingerprint is residual odor left behind for deer to discover for days after you have been in the area.

Learn deer anatomy to help you identify wounds and ALWAYS ALWAYS wait for a double lung angle.

Learn wind patterns with the use of milkeeed floaters.

Learn deer body language and how they interact with each other.
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