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I am new at hunting. Last season was my first time, and I didn't get a deer. Which that is fine, because I had no clue what I was doing. I want this year to be different though. Right now I am in Iraq, with nothing better to do than research deer. I have learned a lot about their habits and am much better informed than last year. Is there anything you have experienced you would like to share? Please do. I live and hunt in Central Florida, if that has any bearing. Thanks in advance for any advice or info you may have.
 

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Welcome from Montana,
First of all, since you are in Iraq, I can speak for everyone here, and say we are all with you in spirit, we thank you for your sacrifice and wish the the very best. As for help with deer hunting, there is lots of help here for you. This is a pretty big subject and answering specific questions usually works best. As for a general suggestion, I would say be mindful of your scent as this will negatively effect your hunt more and faster than anything else. Get out early and stay late. When you move, move slower than you think you should (I'm assuming that you hunt thick cover here.)
Best regards.
 

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Greetings from Vermont Sean and welcome to the deer hunters club, and a personal Thank You for seving our country we here at the "DHC" totally support our troops.
I'm sure you learned about cover and concealment in the military, well in the hunting world it's pretty much the same thing the ultimate challenge during a hunt is to do your absolute best to DE-SCENT yourself, your equipment and your clothing,,, don't underestimate a Deers ability to Smell you or your equipment, Secondly you need to become almost robotic like with your movements,. a deers eyes catch everything that moves in the woods you need to spot them before they spot you and if they do spot you your slightest move will send them running off.

my advice for you is to scout, scout, scout, and scout some more try to learn where the deer in your hunting area are eating and sleeping, there's always trails to and from those areas, even when your scouting, try to do your best to scent down we can't emphasize enough how important scent control is.
Lastly stay alerted to the wind direction, the more you can keep the wind in your face the better off you'll be, if the wind is blowing in your face it's blowing your scent in areas you've been and not into the area your hoping the deer will be. I hope my tips help you, if you can think of any specific questions don't hesitate to ask.

Good Luck and Thanks again to you and those serving with you... :thumbup:
 
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as stated above thank you and all your brothers and sisters for your service.

the deers nose is its number one defence. they can pick up scent 100's of yards away. and can almost pin point its location. as well as learning deer habits in general, learn the habits of the deer in your hunting woods, scouting as Bruce said. good hunting
 

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Thanks for your support everyone. It is pretty chill out here these days though. Definitelt not the same as my first deployment over here in 2004. Anyway, thanks for your advice as well. If I wash all clothes and fabrics in a scent free detergent, air dry them outside, spray all equipment with a scent free spray, and use a cover scent on my boots when walking, would that be sufficient? Or is there more to it than that? Also, what kind of areas to deer normally sleep and what is a telltale sign that an area may be a bed for a deer? I have a spot in my mind, from my scouting from last year, but I need to be able to locate a possible sleeping spot for the deer in the area so that I know to setup my stand away from their normal trail. It may not be popular, but I plan on hunting on some bait this year, to try and learn as much as I can. Once I learn the habits of the deer, the bait will no longer be used.
 

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The further steps in De-scenting include bath soap, Shampoo, Anti perspirant/deodorant, Dryer sheets even foot powder...
I suggest wildlife Research Center Products.
If you plan on using bait for hunting make sure you check what the Regulations are in your state, many state Do NOT allow baiting for wildlife.
 

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I would suggest that you hunt the trails to and from food supplies and bedding areas and stay out of the actual bedding areas. This requires a lot of hunting savy and could result in scaring the bucks out of your area. When you've gained additional hunting knowledge/expertise you can move in to the core areas. Hunting is very much like a good chess game, pre think your moves and your success will improve.
 
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I would suggest that you hunt the trails to and from food supplies and bedding areas and stay out of the actual bedding areas. This requires a lot of hunting savy and could result in scaring the bucks out of your area. When you've gained additional hunting knowledge/expertise you can move in to the core areas. Hunting is very much like a good chess game, pre think your moves and your success will improve.
thats good advice. start at the food and work inwards slowly and carefully over several seasons.
 

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Welcome from Wild Wonderful West by God Virginia. Thanks to you and other soldiers we still have the freedom and opportunity to do this thing we enjoy called hunting. You can't help, but pick up lots of great tips from some of the most skilled and experienced hunters on this site. Although you can refine some basic shooting skills on the range you need to spend time afield to really acquire the saavy and knowledge of the Whitetail. Trying to figure out Whitetails is like trying to figure out... well sometimes they really throw you off. I know you hail from FLA, but when you return home I'd be proud to you share what I can should you find yourself in WV or Ohio, one old soldier to another. HooRahhh!!!
God Bless, Be Safe and keep a low profile.
 

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i will second all the above comments and suggest you go through all the past postings as alot of this has been discussed in detail/after you've done your homework :nerd: we'll answer your questions :w00t:Just kiddig around
 

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I wasn't planning on trying to actually hunt in the bedding areas. I was going to use the info of typical bedding places to try to formulate a plan. Obviously trails can be found by tracks and turds on the ground. I was wondering about bedding areas more for the scouting time. If I can find where they eat and have an idea of where they sleep, I can make a better decision on where to set my stand, which way to walk in from and all that good stuff. I am a novice, so if I am not making sense, please let me know. Sometimes I tend to over analyze things too.
 

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By the way Malnikoff, thanks for the invite. I plan on being a member here for a long time to come, so maybe I will eventually get up to WV. If I do, I will definitely let you know and would be honored to learn everything I can from you. I'm just a young buck trying to get some experience.
 

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If you came here looking for real advice that you can apply, boy did you come to the wrong place. These jokers dont know anything. :lol:

Lol. In all seriousness they seem to know almost everything. If you have a question, its most likley already been discussed thoroughly. If you cant find an answer, ask, and it will be discussed thoroughly :D.

Good Luck and come back from the sandbox in one peice. HUA
 

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I just started hunting October 2008. The problem I have run across is not finding the deer, because there are far too many in my neck of the woods, but actually shooting them. I am sure you have that part down being that you are an active military member. I finally got my sights set, worked on my breathing, and did a lot of target shooting. I have dropped nine so far. I would say find a plot of land that has a good food source for starts. Get out in the field before the season starts and do some investigating. I like to drive around at night a bit before the season starts to see what is out there. Try to find a hunting partner in your home turf. I learned what little bit I know from my brother in law who is a farmer. I hope this helps at least a little bit. I am still new at this too so I don't really have to much to offer. Thanks for all that you do and happy hunting. :mellow:
 
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