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Old 10-03-2005, 12:04 AM
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 72
Default RE: first moring hunt.. looking for advice

Ok we'll start with the scent issue . I use Scent lock detergent to wah all my hunting gear in the washer with . This works really good and gives you a good start . However you have to remember that as soon as you take it out of the dryer you have to do everything in your power to keep it scent free until you get in the woods . I.e. put it straight into a garbage bag or air tight container . I also use scent zapper spray . Dont be afraid to use it on everything I spray my clothes , boots , bow and treestand cushions down every time i use them . I also shower with hunters spacialties scent free soap .

now the location . Since I dont live near you and know where you are hunting , I cant give you specific advise . So i keep it general . I've been hunting deer for 16 yrs now and ive seen alot of different scenarios play out . hunted alot of different locations and geography from farmland to thickets , to river bottoms . The biggest part of hunting to me and the area I put most of my time into is scouting . I dont feel confident unless i know my surroundings and have an idea in my mind what i think will happen in certain situations . I scout year round pretty much year round . There are alot of tools available to us hunters now a days . Trail camerasare the biggest toolsIMHO . I love them not to mention they are fun to look at the pics ! And make great photo ablums. Anywho , back to the point . This is where you have to learn to be efficient first . You cant shootdeer that arent there . What i typically look for first is food sources and bedding areas (thickets , gulleys ,standing corn ) THen I concentrateon scouting the areas between those to places . I look for travel routes and staging areas . My favorite place to hunt are the stageing areas . At least in my mindthats where I think that i will have the greates chance to take a big buck . Often times mature bucks will not follow theotherdeer into open areas until well after dark . They hold up in these stageing areas eating crab apples , acorns makeing rubsand scrapes until theyknow it is safe . Look for trails with fresh tracks , droppings rublines and scrapelines . Rublines are a good scouting tool . They also tell you which way the deer is headed and can often lead you right to the bedding area or the food source . I like to set up about 50 yrds from either the bedding area or the food source . Because the deer are usually more comfortable while traveking through these areas than being out in an open alfalfa field where they are on alert and scent can travel alot quicker and easier . There are alot of posts on this sight on this subject . This is just the tip of the iceberg . Dont be afraid to do a stalk hunt in your area moving slowly and quietly . I often do this in a areas i hunt where i dont have alot of knowledtge on the lay of the land . It is a good way to learn the area and I have gotten more tan a few opportunities at deer while walking in bow season . Like i said check through the forums and read all you can . I have read clear back through may . Good luck !
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