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Tips and Tricks of the Trade

Postby glenn » Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:08 am

I was sitting on my stand yesterday thinking about things we discuss on here. It dawned on me that most of us are seasoned hunters that pretty much known what we are doing and come here just for the fellowship. However, I also believe a lot of our new visitors are new, or inexperienced hunters looking for anything they can pick up to help them be successful. Many times it is the little things that makes the difference. Lets make a separate post for each tip so they don't all run together. It doesn't have to be specifically deer hunting, just hunting in general.


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Re: Tips and Tricks of the Trade

Postby glenn » Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:17 am

Use other wildlife to alert you. Most people hate to deer hunt a spot with lots of squirrels. I love it. When they start barking aggressively, many times they are barking at deer. You can often figure out what direction the deer are moving by listening to the changes in where the squirrels are barking. If it starts off in the distance and the squirrels barking is continually getting closer, odds are the deer is headed your way. Don't lose patience. It may take an hour for them to get to you, but you will be ready.


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Re: Tips and Tricks of the Trade

Postby flipper » Wed Dec 14, 2016 3:26 pm

I know many people hunt food plots now a days, but if you're in the woods, don't expect to see a whole deer. With practice you can spot one with only legs or rump, etc. showing.


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Re: Tips and Tricks of the Trade

Postby bigsteve » Wed Dec 14, 2016 5:58 pm

A tip for novice hunters listen to people who are successful season. After season and not to a TV show trying to sell worthless Products that don't work on anything but your pocket book

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Re: Tips and Tricks of the Trade

Postby RoadRanger » Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:15 pm

My advice is simple..... Do whatever bigsteve suggest. That is all
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Re: Tips and Tricks of the Trade

Postby terry08 » Thu Dec 15, 2016 4:51 am

RoadRanger wrote:My advice is simple..... Do whatever bigsteve suggest. That is all

Ranger, you should listen to flipper. She is the lady of the hour right now. She is the queen of the forest and she's searching for her king. He best hope she doesn't find him.

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Re: Tips and Tricks of the Trade

Postby bigsteve » Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:51 am

Here In north Mississippi the rut is. winding down the bucks should be on their feet crusing looking for the last few does that haven't been bred a good time to take advantage of them mid day hunting is real productive in this leg of the season good luck to all

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Re: Tips and Tricks of the Trade

Postby Curlyjack » Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:51 am

One tip is to listen to the people hunting in like territory. Because I have huntee in different parts of the state and you cannot hunt them all the same. Because hunting in the Delta, and the Piney Woods down south is definitely different.
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Re: Tips and Tricks of the Trade

Postby bigsteve » Thu Dec 15, 2016 12:25 pm

Curlyjack you brought up a good point every area you hunt is different in the delta you focus on different food than you would in the hills or the pine Forrest in the delta late season they feed on wild pecan , honey locust beans,the little browse that may be left, green Brier , dew berry vines , honey suckle and live oak acorns
In the hills they feed on a more diverse crop of acorns post oak,red oak,White oak live oak , green Brier and honeysuckle
In the pine woods they eat mushrooms , what Oaks that are available green Brier ,honey suckle and browse
Now the hunting basics are the same always use the wind in your favor
Sometimes it's better to hunt on the ground with no canopy it's easy for deer to siloute you in a tree
Food becomes the number one focus
If there isn't fresh sign don't waste your time scout and find where the deer are feeding
Stay mobile don't get caught repetitive unsuccessful hunts
Hunt mid day or after the frost burns off the food deer don't like frost on their food
He secluded food sources after the rut bucks become solitary animals and feed extencially in solitude

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Re: Tips and Tricks of the Trade

Postby Bullie » Thu Dec 15, 2016 8:26 pm

Probably the best deer hunting tip/tactic ever given out for free.

Go to 3:45 for the deer hunting tip of a lifetime or watch it all for lots of general outdoor information.
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Re: Tips and Tricks of the Trade

Postby chadbragg » Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:28 pm

I'm a believer in cameras and small overlooked tracts of land. I hunt small 2-10ac tracts in town and have opportunity after opportunity on "trophy" bucks(for my area). I am usually out of the woods by 830 or 9 and return around 330, unless my cameras show something different. I am a firm believer in hunting the wind and food.

I know most here will say it's a gimmick but I have full faith in the ozonics. My mature buck sightings have more than quadrupled since I started using it.


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Re: Tips and Tricks of the Trade

Postby terry08 » Fri Dec 16, 2016 4:17 am

"WOW" Yall really have me confused now.
Sounds like we no longer deer hunt. More like deer ambushing, with all the high tech covert type of equipment being used today. A decent deer doesn't stand a chance. What with cameras, ozonics, thermacells, deer calling apps, and not fail to mention a friend who uses an expensive high tech drone with a 21 mile range, to fly over his property and video while watching on his laptop. He brings the drone home and proceeds to the area where he spotted the biggest buck. Yes with much success.
Think I will stick with what I have been doing for 50 years. Rely on a little skill and a whole lot of luck.

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Re: Tips and Tricks of the Trade

Postby flipper » Fri Dec 16, 2016 9:00 am

Don't forget that after you shoot a deer, make sure it's dead when you walk up to it. I shot one years ago, stood right over it, went to get my husband to help bring it home, and on the way back I made the comment that if the buck wasn't there when we got where he was laying, then somebody stole it. Buck was gone! He got up and went to the thickest woods. I ended up getting him, but learned a lesson.


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Re: Tips and Tricks of the Trade

Postby gtk » Fri Dec 16, 2016 9:10 am

Some of my most enjoyable deer hunts, have been from the ground while still hunting. There is nothing like sneaking thru the woods & killing a wiley buck..

plus, you sure can learn a lot about your area, by walking & paying attention to sign !

Don't limit your "woods time" to deer season, start squirrel hunting or turkey hunting & look for deer sign then as well.
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Re: Tips and Tricks of the Trade

Postby bigsteve » Fri Dec 16, 2016 10:24 am

Do as the pros do save your money $5000 min get on the web find an outfitter who garentees a shot in a state that doesn't have a draw all you have to do is show up no stand no scouting your friends will talk about what kind of hunter you are just for a small fee they Wll even furnish the corn pile



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Re: Tips and Tricks of the Trade

Postby glenn » Fri Dec 16, 2016 11:25 am

Even when you "miss", look and look hard. I used to be a hardcore rabbit hunter and every year we would find deer that had been shot and never recovered. I found a 150 inch buck about 15 yards off of a food plot a guy "missed" him on. He said he didn't find blood so he never left the plot. Don't be that hunter!


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Re: Tips and Tricks of the Trade

Postby bigsteve » Fri Dec 16, 2016 1:12 pm

Stay away from marginal shots too many animals are lost due to poor judgement on shots in brush , faceing you , too far, or in low light usually if you will wait the deer will give you a good clear shot if not you didn't have a shot anyhow

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Re: Tips and Tricks of the Trade

Postby triple_duece » Fri Dec 16, 2016 7:19 pm

Ok I have a couple.

If you hunting public land scout more than you hunt. Find good sign and hunt it. Your first hunt there will always be your best hunt.

Usually the hard to get to places are the best. Hunt smarter and not harder.

Never approach a "dead deer" that has its eyes closed.

Enjoy the time spent in the great outdoors. Hunt for you and not what others think you should do.

Listen to older hunters that have wisdom, your learning curve will be much shorter.

Always look for the food sources that naturally occur in the woods. Deer take advantage of the limited source throughout the season.

If I'm struggling to find deer or sign and someone brings a deer to camp, after they done cleaning the deer cut open the stomach to see what the deer are keying on and look for that food source in the woods.

During drought times in early season always focus around a water source.
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Re: Tips and Tricks of the Trade

Postby bigsteve » Sat Dec 17, 2016 7:19 am

When hunting bucks in open woods look for a thicket running through the woods 95% of buck movement will be in the thicket even if the main trail is in the open there will be a secondary trail in the thicket

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Re: Tips and Tricks of the Trade

Postby bigsteve » Sat Dec 17, 2016 7:25 am

Take the hunt to the deer don't get caught up in hunting one stand waiting on the deer to bri g the hunt to you look for secluded out of the way places not nessicalry away from the truck it can be as simple as a fence row ,a briar patch or a abandoned barn or house place don't depend on luck study your area and take advantage of the deer's weaknesses as the season gets longer they become more secluded and nocturnal hunt close to where they bed you have better chance of seeing him in daylight

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Re: Tips and Tricks of the Trade

Postby bigsteve » Sat Dec 17, 2016 7:44 am

On windy days look for wind breaks could be a deep hollow, pine thicket, or thick cutover make a positive hunt out of a negative situation your chances will greatly improve

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Re: Tips and Tricks of the Trade

Postby bigsteve » Sat Dec 17, 2016 7:46 am

On really cold days hunt the sunny down wind side of a wind break deer will use these areas to bed and feed taking advantage of the warmpth of the sun

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Re: Tips and Tricks of the Trade

Postby triple_duece » Sat Dec 17, 2016 12:23 pm

Ok here is one that just happened. Your scouting cause the weather isn't good for hunting. It's 70 degrees and windy in December. Watch where your steppingImage
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Re: Tips and Tricks of the Trade

Postby jbullard1 » Sat Dec 17, 2016 12:57 pm

I like to hunt a weather change, like today 70° and a cold moving in.
Too bad I have to work.

My next tip will be get off the couch and in the woods every chance you get, you never know when the small doe of a lifetime will show up

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Re: Tips and Tricks of the Trade

Postby patinlouisiana » Sat Dec 17, 2016 2:26 pm

Best tip I was ever given and this year I have kind of ignored it...
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