First year deer hunting and you want to learn about deer hunting? GREAT!
Here's my advice for a novice......
Forget the trail cams. Forget the bait. Forget the scent lures (which don't work about 95% of the time anyway).
Here's what you do.
LEARN your ground. By that I mean not just the terrain, but the vegetation, soil types (upland, riparian, etc.) and most importantly....the trees. OAK trees specifically. (If nothing else, learn how to tell the difference between a white oak and a red oak.....and it ain't color! The DEER sure as heck know, and they also know WHICH oaks have the best and most mast!)
If you know where the deer are, when and how they move, and what they feed on during varying conditions then you don't need any of that other junk you mentioned in your opening statement. The trail cams can be helpful tools IF YOU ALREADY KNOW THE STUFF I MENTIONED, but to use them in lieu of the basics then you will never be all that successful a deer hunter.
Get yourself some aerial photos and topo maps of your ground AND that of the surrounding area. Then get a plant identification book and carry it with you during your ALL YEAR scouting trips. If you see something that you don't understand, then take a pic of it or a sample and find out. The more you know about the habitat that the deer live in....and that includes not only deer but EVERYTHING else from insects to rocks....then the better the deer hunter you will be.
We are part time hunters hunting full time deer. We can never be as in sync with the woods as they are, but the more we are the better it is for us.
Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. I would be more than happy to answer them as best I can.
Last edited by Woods Walker
on Thu Sep 05, 2013 11:32 am, edited 1 time in total.
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