Your best improvement???

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Your best improvement???

Postby Goose » Tue Sep 23, 2008 2:41 am

What would you say is the ONE thing that helped you the most in improving your sightings or harvests? i.e. Stand locations,scent control,using scents,rattling,grunting, different route to stands, understanding travel routes ect.........(other than finding better land) 
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RE: Your best improvement???

Postby Goose » Tue Sep 23, 2008 2:44 am

I gotta say mine was playing the wind and trying to be as scent free as I can. So I would say scent control.
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RE: Your best improvement???

Postby JPH » Tue Sep 23, 2008 2:50 am

ORIGINAL: Goose

I gotta say mine was playing the wind and trying to be as scent free as I can. So I would say scent control.

 
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RE: Your best improvement???

Postby bckklr » Tue Sep 23, 2008 3:00 am

me three (scent control)
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RE: Your best improvement???

Postby hilltop » Tue Sep 23, 2008 3:05 am

Being able to spend more time in my stand. The more your out there the better your chances.

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RE: Your best improvement???

Postby shaman » Tue Sep 23, 2008 3:43 am

My #1 improvement?

That's easy.  This is going to sound stupid, but it's true.  My #1 improvement was finding a piece of property to hunt that actually had deer on it.  I frittered years of hunting on land that had very few deer. 
Once I found a property with a decent population, I was instantly successful.

When there were deer on the property in any sort of numbers, I either got a deer or got the chance to pass on deer multiple times.  If numbers where low, I ate tag soup. 

You could probably keep me off my property all year.  Let me go on opening day of rifle season, and I'd probably have a deer by the end of the week.

My #2 improvement?

Getting time in the field. With my first wife, Satan, our agreement was that I would hunt one half-day  per week.  After the separation, I got to hunt one full day every two weeks, because I had my young sons for visitation on alternate weekends and Ohio still did not allow Sunday Hunting. 

When I got the farm in Kentucky, I got to hunt two days every weekend and I could take my sons to the farm. They were also old enough to start accompanying me into the field. All told, my total time in the field went up by 400 %. 


My #3 improvement?

Year-round scouting and continuity of hunting venue.  In a few instances, I found good property, but lost access to it after a 1 or 2 seasons due to things beyond my control. Then I was left trolling about for another place to hunt, and often times I had to settle for lousy land, just to be out.

I've been on the same plot of ground going into my 8th season on the farm.  It's all additive. The first season, I really did not have much of a clue. I was going off a topo and an aerial.  Now I have the doe groups named. I have a few individuals named.


Having my own property,  I could finally stop using climbing stands and erect permanent ladders. It really improves your chances if you can quietly climb up a ladder and sit down. No muss, no fuss, no noise, no sweat.


My #4 improvement?
Getting stupid ideas out of my head.  I could have had a nice doe with a bow the first weekend I went bowhunting. I passed on her, waiting for a buck.  Ditto for years 1-4. 




Q: So shaman, where's the scent control? Where's the magic buck lure?  Where's the UV Killer spray!

A: See #4. 


Yes, I have to admit that I go through a lot of sodium bicarbonate in a year, but I was getting deer back when I wore dry-clean only wool that had mothball smell and I smoked a pipe.   If the wind isn't with you, you're screwed. Period.

I've brought in bucks with grunting. I've had deer come to a decoy. I've laid down scent trails, scent bombs,  scent this , scent that.  I have baited. I have rattled. I have stalked. I have done drives. I have done everything you can think of except hunted with dogs-- it just ain't legal in my states. 
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RE: Your best improvement???

Postby OHhunter » Tue Sep 23, 2008 4:05 am

Scent contol, playing the wind and thermals. 
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RE: Your best improvement???

Postby Woods Walker » Tue Sep 23, 2008 4:16 am

Ghillie suit. It's not a magic bullet, but if you exercise the other "basics" (scent control, playing the wind, NOT MOVING), it works so well it outh to be illegal!
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RE: Your best improvement???

Postby deermeat » Tue Sep 23, 2008 4:19 am

last year i was totaly obsesed with scent control on my body, on my clothes, in my car, on my gear.... everything and saw waaay more dear and killed 4. this year i concentrated on the noise all the hunting gear makes as you carrying it, and setting it up. duck tape is the best thing that was ever invented. use it on all pins, ladder sections,swivles, plastic equipment belt clips..ect.   the hollow aluminum tubing on the climer that makes much noise if happens to be hit by a branch recieved a layer of foam insulation tape and a protective layer of camo duck tape on all surfaces that normaly get hit walking down a trail or when stacking the two parts togeather. sounds like alot but this year the deer wont hear me setting up my stand to kill them.

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RE: Your best improvement???

Postby shaman » Tue Sep 23, 2008 4:28 am

ORIGINAL: Woods Walker

[size="3"]Ghillie suit. It's not a magic bullet, but if you exercise the other "basics" (scent control, playing the wind, NOT MOVING), it works so well it outh to be illegal![/size]


Ghillie suits rock. I have one that I made out of Jute twine.  It's awesome.  It has major flaws:

1)  It reeks!
2)  There's no way to get legal hunter orange on it without totally hosing up the whole idea.
3)  It reeks!
4)  It's bloody hot.

As a result, it stays in its trunk until after the freezer gets full, and then I get to thinking that I should have brought it out and given it another try.
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