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50 Great Hunting Tips

One of the most interesting things about being a hunter is that the learning process never stops. Added up over the years, these gems of knowledge make us all better hunters. Here are our top 50.

HUNTING STRATEGIES

1) GO EXTRA SLOW
When still-hunting, most of us don't move slowly enough, or stay put long enough. Try using your watch as a guide. Decide on a period of time to stand still, such as five minutes. This way you'll be forced to remain quiet and silent for a minimum amount of time, longer if necessary.

2) STOP AT THE NOISE
Here's a saying I came up with to remind me of an animal's terrific senses. "The sound of a snapped twig is quickly forgotten by the hunter, but long remembered by the quarry." If you make an unusually loud noise, stop and stand there as long as you can if you suspect animals are close by. A deer might stand a long time and stare in your direction. If it doesn't see or smell you, it might go back to feeding or whatever else it was doing before it was disturbed.

3) QUICK-STEPPING FOR DEER
A deer is easily alerted to human cadence as we walk through noisy leaves. This might sound like a dumb idea, but try taking quick steps in a short sprint for 10 to 20 yards or so. Stop, and do it again. Keep your footfalls as light as possible; you'll be surprised at how much you sound like a squirrel scrambling through the leaves.

4) DESIGN A BETTER DRIVE
When putting a drive together, we tend to place standers in front of and alongside the area being driven. If you have enough people in your party, position a stander in the rear where the drive originated. Deer will often wait for hunters to pass and then sneak back and run off in the opposite direction.

5) DRIVE SOLO
Try a one-man drive if you're hunting alone. Purposely walk into an area with the wind at your back. The idea is to stir deer up and get them moving. Once you've passed through, make a circle and do it again. You might see confused deer creeping about, unsure of your location. If this doesn't work, take a position on the flank of the area you walked through and wait an hour or two. You might see deer sneaking back in, believing the danger has passed. This works in dense thickets that deer use for security cover.

6) PICK YOUR LANDMARKS
When you plan to stalk an animal by making a big circle and coming up behind it, it's easy to become confused as you change your location. Pick a distinctive object on the skyline that you can recognize from the back, such as a large tree, a fence line or a rock, to help guide you to the correct spot.

7) JUDGE THE QUARRY'S PACE
Also try to anticipate where the animal will be once you complete your stalk. Before starting, watch the quarry long enough to determine its direction and rate of travel if it's actively feeding or walking. Pick your destination accordingly.

8) FOLLOW WITH CARE
If you're tracking an animal, remember that the quarry will be alert to its back trail. A really fresh track requires you practically to still-hunt rather than merely follow, especially if the animal isn't "lined out" but is taking bites of browse as it goes.

9) CLEAR SHOOTING LANES
When you first get into your tree stand, practice taking up shooting positions for all the directions from which an animal might appear. After doing that, try to remove branches in the line of fire if you can reach them, and take up the position that requires the least amount of movement for you to turn in any direction. Be sure your safety strap is secure and allows free movement.

10) SWEEP AWAY BLIND CLUTTER
If you're sitting in a ground blind or standing next to a tree, sweep away leaves and brush with your boot so the area you're in is clean of forest debris. This will eliminate unnecessary noise if you must make a move when an animal approaches.

11) GLASS AND RE-GLASS
When glassing with a binocular early in the morning, move to your vantage point in the dark. Glass likely spots, but don't take just a single cursory look. From time to time, refocus your attention on places you've already checked out. The changing light might reveal animals you hadn't seen before or animals that have moved out of deep brush or timber.

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from montanasteve76 wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

In reply to Outdoors the UFC is a joke they are sucking air so bad at the end of the first round they can't doa thing. I'm sick and tired of all you pompous asses who go to the grocery store and buy whatever meat you want because you aren't MAN enough to provide your own. Its alright if some else does the killing to provide for you? A man provides for himself and or his family. The creatures were put on this earth to provide for us. If you are one of those weeds and seeds goofballs that don't eat meat could explain alot of your ignorance, oh by the way there are nutrients in meat that the body needs. As far as meeting you would love to I'm 50 years old and will stomp a mudhole in you. I can bench more than you squat and squat more then you dream and have been in more hand to hand battles without any rules then you ever will be in with rules.A man does what needs to be done and dosen't need to perform in front of anyone to justify he is a man insecure litle boys do that.

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from Louie wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

Outdoors, this is a hunting and fishing site, its your choice not to like hunting but you don't have to bring down the hunting community because of your beliefs. Most of us hunt for our family, to put food on the table, like a MAN should do. Our ancestors huntecd to live are you calling them pathetic?

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from www.dropjhook.com wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

We hunt because we love it not to prove our manhood some of the best hunters are women but what would you know about that. By your words you can tell you think shooting another human makes you a man. I dont see you eating your prey man!

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from www.dropjhook.com wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

OK where do u want to meet at?

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from jamidei wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

Thank you OL! This is one of the best articles I've read in a long time. Another great fire starter is wax soaked cotton balls.

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from jburgman wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

Thanks--great tips! Going along with WVOtter's great idea about egg carton as a fire starter--

I've also had luck making what I call "Birch Bombs," especially if you live in the north where birch is more common. Wrap tinder, shavings, dead pine needles, and similar dry starter items in a little shell of birch bark. Tie it all securely closed with a piece of dental floss. Store in a ziplock bag, film cannister, water bottle, or some other watertight item. The birch bombs flame up quickly and easily--the pine needles and shavings burn instantly, while the birch casing will go for a bit longer.

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from WVOtter wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

Great article! I love these sort of lists and tips; some refreshers, some new that give an "ah-ha" moment. Just a side note/tip...one of my favorite fire starters is one I've made many of, take a cardboard egg carton (remove the lid) and stuff each cell with wood chips, shavings, dust, etc. and top off with melted candle/bees wax. Be sure you place the carton in some form of foil boat or tray as some wax will soak through before solidifying. Then cut into 12 individual starters that catch good, last a long time, and don't need too much care to transport/store.

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from SD_Whitetail_Hntr wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

Ton of good info here. Thanks for the time put into this advice!

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from seadog wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

Some really good tips here. Good stuff.

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from hunting-scopes-... wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

Thank You for sharing this wealth of knowledge.

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from hunting-scopes-... wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

Thank You for sharing this wealth of knowledge.

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from seadog wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

Some really good tips here. Good stuff.

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from WVOtter wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

Great article! I love these sort of lists and tips; some refreshers, some new that give an "ah-ha" moment. Just a side note/tip...one of my favorite fire starters is one I've made many of, take a cardboard egg carton (remove the lid) and stuff each cell with wood chips, shavings, dust, etc. and top off with melted candle/bees wax. Be sure you place the carton in some form of foil boat or tray as some wax will soak through before solidifying. Then cut into 12 individual starters that catch good, last a long time, and don't need too much care to transport/store.

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from SD_Whitetail_Hntr wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

Ton of good info here. Thanks for the time put into this advice!

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from jburgman wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

Thanks--great tips! Going along with WVOtter's great idea about egg carton as a fire starter--

I've also had luck making what I call "Birch Bombs," especially if you live in the north where birch is more common. Wrap tinder, shavings, dead pine needles, and similar dry starter items in a little shell of birch bark. Tie it all securely closed with a piece of dental floss. Store in a ziplock bag, film cannister, water bottle, or some other watertight item. The birch bombs flame up quickly and easily--the pine needles and shavings burn instantly, while the birch casing will go for a bit longer.

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from jamidei wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

Thank you OL! This is one of the best articles I've read in a long time. Another great fire starter is wax soaked cotton balls.

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from www.dropjhook.com wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

OK where do u want to meet at?

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from www.dropjhook.com wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

We hunt because we love it not to prove our manhood some of the best hunters are women but what would you know about that. By your words you can tell you think shooting another human makes you a man. I dont see you eating your prey man!

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from Louie wrote 4 years 48 weeks ago

Outdoors, this is a hunting and fishing site, its your choice not to like hunting but you don't have to bring down the hunting community because of your beliefs. Most of us hunt for our family, to put food on the table, like a MAN should do. Our ancestors huntecd to live are you calling them pathetic?

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from montanasteve76 wrote 4 years 47 weeks ago

In reply to Outdoors the UFC is a joke they are sucking air so bad at the end of the first round they can't doa thing. I'm sick and tired of all you pompous asses who go to the grocery store and buy whatever meat you want because you aren't MAN enough to provide your own. Its alright if some else does the killing to provide for you? A man provides for himself and or his family. The creatures were put on this earth to provide for us. If you are one of those weeds and seeds goofballs that don't eat meat could explain alot of your ignorance, oh by the way there are nutrients in meat that the body needs. As far as meeting you would love to I'm 50 years old and will stomp a mudhole in you. I can bench more than you squat and squat more then you dream and have been in more hand to hand battles without any rules then you ever will be in with rules.A man does what needs to be done and dosen't need to perform in front of anyone to justify he is a man insecure litle boys do that.

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