Hunter’s Education: Deer Hunting
What does each point mean for a deer hunter?
On a non-windy day, a deer can hear clumsy humans from a quarter mile away. Step carefully and walk quietly on your way to your spot. Avoid stepping on sticks if you can.
If a deer hears you making noise, it typically takes up to two hours for them to come back. If you do crack a stick, wait for a minute. The deer may think you are another animal.
This doesn’t mean that deer can see blaze orange the same way that humans see it. It likely appears brown or gray to deer. But they are more sensitive to blue wavelengths than humans, and probably to clothing that has been washed in detergent that contains UV brighteners.
But what is more important than worrying about your orange vest or other colors is worrying about your silhouette and movement. Sit somewhere where the trees break up your outline. Just make sure you give yourself the ability to take a clean shot.
Deer have good night vision. So to take advantage of that knowledge, get out into the woods as early as possible and leave as late as possible.
If a deer can smell you in the air, he won’t come anywhere near you. Take a shower in the morning of the hunt with scent block, and then dry yourself with a towel that wasn’t washed with scented detergents.Also, wash your hunting clothes with scent block. Anything untouched by scent block will be detected.
Prevent leaving a scent on the ground, wear rubber boots instead of leather ones. Leather boots retain scent and leave it on the ground when you walk. There is nothing on rubber boots that hold odours and spray the bottom of your boots with either scent block or deer urine.
Happy Hunting :)
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