1. get proficient with your weapon: ground, stand ,standing knelling, sitting. Don't take a shoot in the woods you haven't practiced on the range.
2. Don't let'em smell you
3. Don't let'em see you, movement is crucial
4. Scout for food, water , bedding
5. Figure out how they are getting from one of above to another, travel routes to water being best particularly in warm climates of the south. They may sleep or eat at day or night either one, but in the heat of the day they need water. Remember when looking these deer are off the edge animals. If there's a woodline they will travel 10 to 15 feet inside woods, if there's a ridge they will travel 10 to 15 feet below crest as not to be silhouetted.
6. Once you figure out 5 then look for funnels. Ridges, creeks, lakes, ravines, anything that would funnel deer in confined area. Here several trails should come together.
7. Once you've done 6 set-up to hunt here staying off main trail, make sure you have a good shooting lane, if you need them to move left, right, etc. a piece of deadfall works wonders. Anything they will have to walk around. Remember 1 and 2 scent control and concealment. Have as much as possible in place for them to get used to, the more you bring with you at hunt the more smell and noise you pollute the area with.
8. Find best possible route for your entry and departure creating least amount of impact on area.
9. It takes time to create new habits for deer. Don't try to use food or scents to lead them where they're not used to going. Use you're scents, food and calls to help lure to this area they are already familiar with. A well placed scent pad may be all you need to have them pause that extra few seconds you need in your shooting lane.
10. Always be safe, if you're in the air this means a harness, and leave the area like you found it or better. Nothing left behind which includes the field dressings.Good luck and enjoy the show.
Last edited by Turtle; 03-03-2008 at 08:14 PM.