Deer Hunting Tips

Have deer hunting problems? We have solutions. Our experts share dozens of handy deer hunting tips, tricks and deer hunting tactics to enhance and improve your deer hunting experience. This critical advice will take your whitetail pursuits to the next level.

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Should You Walk or Drive to Your Tree Stand?

“I probably would have seen more deer, if I didn’t jump some walking in,” is a pretty common line for any deer hunter. How you enter and exit your hunting spot can dramatically affect the deer movement and sightings on your property. By Jeremy Flinn Just because it is dark does not mean you...

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Quick Tip: Getting In and Out Undetected

By Steve Bartylla For as much time as we invest in finding the perfect spot to set a stand, few put much effort into determining how they’ll get in and out undetected. Pulling that off is at least as important as being in the best location. Heck, it’s often more important. Before hanging any...

Ground blinds can be something you build from natural vegetation or one more obvious like this Redneck Blinds Haybale.

Six Ways to Improve Your Ground Blind Hunting Experience

Ground blind hunting is one of the coolest things to do for a couple of reasons, one of them being that you’re pretty much on eye level with the deer and other wildlife. Hunting in treestands is common in much of the Southeast and Midwest, of course. Nothing wrong with that at all. Getting...

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The Best Time to Use A Grunt Call For Deer

When is the best time to use a grunt call to try to bring in a big buck? Is it pre-rut when bucks are splitting up and establishing their territory? During the rut when they’re moving around and seeking willing does? Post-rut when they’re recovering but may still be interested in a doe if...

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Power Your Mock Scrapes During the Rut for Big Bucks

Mock scrapes are one of the best ways to get a buck’s attention and give you a great chance at killing a big one. You’re not going to have as much success with your mock scrapes without a licking branch. Deer use the scrape and licking branch to communicate with other deer. Their preorbital...

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Deer Hunting Tip: Always Track the Wind

  Properly adjusting your strategy for wind direction is crucial when hunting mature bucks. We know this, but sometimes, it’s easier said than done. Advancements in hunting technology have made that easier than ever. By Mark Kenyon Smartphone applications such as the Weather.com and AccuWeather apps provide hourly wind direction forecasts and indicate wind...

A smooth-shooting rifle and good bullets are obviously crucial to success, but they're only as good as the optics that help you line up the deer in your sights.

Can You Save Money and Sight in Your Rifle This Quickly?

If you’re still gearing up for the gun season in your deer hunting zone or state, there’s enough time to get to the range and get your scope zeroed in perfectly for the best accuracy. It’s fun to go shoot at the range. I’ve never heard anyone say they hated it, even the guys...

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Bowhunting Tip: Create a Shot Sequence Mantra

The key to an accurate shot on a deer with bow or gun is repeating a set process of steps in the exact same manner each time you shoot. By Mark Kenyon Take a deep breath, draw the bow, settle into your anchor point just behind the cheek bone and relax your grip on...

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Three Tips For Putting Your Big Buck on the Ground

With hunting seasons underway for deer, big game, small game and waterfowl underway throughout the country, hunters are hitting the woods and fields by the thousands each day in search of something to take home. With all the intrusion hither and yon, it’s no wonder that deer are on alert due to new scents,...