Advanced Search


About Us
How To/Pro-Tips
Contact Us
Shopping Cart
0 items
Home > Shop > How To/Pro-Tips
How To/Pro-Tips

Defeating Deer Vision

The whitetail's senses of smell and hearing receive so much attention that we often forget its vision. Indeed, a big buck's nose for trouble is incredible and its ears are keen. However, deer see very well and vision is basic to a trophy buck's defenses.

To defeat deer eyes probing for danger, be still and move slowly only when you must. A deer will notice an out of place movement almost instantly. Good camouflage aids greatly. Good cover or a blind adds further concealment.

If "hunter orange" is required, wear it as a vest on the trunk of your body. Avoid wearing orange on parts of your body most prone to movement, particularly hands and arms. Where legal, basic hunter orange broken up by other colors, creating a camouflage pattern, is very effective.

A treestand with a camouflage covering is a great aid in concealment. It lets you get away with careful movement to make your wait more comfortable or to make a critical shot.

Late-Season Bucks

Some Team Realtree Pros look for two situations when hunting late-season, hunter-wise bucks. First, some like a small food source near a large area of heavy cover with plenty of escape routes. Second, they like small patches of cover surrounded by lots of croplands and open areas. Food, though important to late-season bucks, is not primary. Survival is. A savvy buck usually will pick safe cover over abundant food. Bucks also like to hang out near does at this time. Even though the rut is over, a buck likes the security of those extra eyes and ears being alert for danger. Avoiding competition from other hunters is also critical. You can be extra careful while hunting a buck that you are on to, only to be messed up by another less-cautious hunter. Fortunately, the hunters thin down as the season winds down. You must really be a student of deer in general and better yet, one buck in particular, to score when the season has all but run its course.

Winter Predators

Wintertime predator stalking and calling is a real challenge and at this time of year the pelts are in prime condition. In areas where snow is common, tracking foxes is considered winter sport at its finest. Simply cut a fox track and follow it carefully, keeping your eyes open for the fox out ahead. Snow camo and binoculars are great help when doing this. Coyotes and bobcats can also be hunted this way but the coyote is very cunning and the bobcat is more nocturnal. Both are very challenging for the tracker/stalker. Calling predators is a better bet in snowless areas. Good camouflage and patience are the keys to success. Always check local regulations regarding legal hunting for predator species and any firearms and hunting restrictions. Both rifles and shotguns are used for predator hunting but if saving the pelt is important to you, use small-caliber rifles with either solid or controlled expansion bullets to avoid excessive pelt damage.

Scout For Next Season

A lot of Team Realtree Pros prefer to do their deer scouting for the next season immediately after the current season's end. This is a particularly good time to find bucks and to identify individual trophies. Post-season scouting is easy and effective. The woods are open and old scrapes and rub lines are easy to see. Even if the resident buck was harvested, a prime breeding territory won't stay vacant for long when the next rut starts. Later on, they can find sheds. These are proof positive that the buck survived the season. And if the cast antlers are big, they have a trophy buck's home address! The other great advantage is that they can really see a buck's home-range pattern without disturbing the area just prior to hunting. Just before the next season, he or she will lightly scout the general area to make sure "big boy" is still around. Since they already know where he spends the late season, this additional pre-season look completes their knowledge of his season-long pattern.

Getting Geared Up

The end of the season is the best time to get your gear in shape for next season. This is when you are most familiar with everything that needs fixing, cleaning and tuning up before next year. Sit down and make lists of what needs to be shipshape before the new hunting opener. What needs to be completely replaced? Various scents and lures lose their potency after being opened. Toss out the old and make a list of what you'll need new. For bowhunters, you need to check out your bows, arrows and stands. Note bent pins, stretched and frayed strings, bent shafts, broken heads, missing bolts or anything that is severely worn. Again make a list. Do a wish list too. What gear did you really wish you had had available last season -- gear that might have made you more successful. If you get your act together early you won't be scurrying around just before opening day trying to remember what critical gear you need for a fresh start.

Camo Pattern by Realtree
Copyright © 2009 Outdoor Business Network| Powered by OBN | Privacy