Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Time Is of the Essence
Depending on where you live, deer season is either upon us or quickly approaching. For instance, bow season in California started in July. For the majority of the country, it lands somewhere around October. For this reason, I wanted to write an article focused on a bit of a checklist of what needs to be done while still leaving time for a quiet period before the beginning of your season.
Doe urine (non-estrus) is a very inexpensive and easy way to mask your scent. It has a very calming effect on deer. It is a signal of sorts to other deer that everything is ok. If you can walk, spray some on the soul of your boots. If you are in a wheelchair, DON'T SPRAY IT ON YOUR TIRES! There is a product called Nose-Jammer that you can spray on your tires to mask your scent and stop your wife from shooting you!
You should be planning your entrance and exit routes based off of the winds you might encounter during the hunting season. You will want to keep in mind to having a stealth approach the closer you get to your hunting area. Cutting walk paths is critical for quietly getting in and out. Be sure to leave some cover that will help hide you as you draw near to high deer-activity areas.
Once your stands or blinds are placed, cutting shooting lanes can be one of those details that may be the difference between success or failure when the moment presents itself to making a shot on a good Buck. Be sure that your shooting lanes cross natural trails that deer use all of the time.