Five Preseason Deer Hunting Tips

preseason deer hunting tips

Jake took this big brute in Kansas.

Deer season may be over until next fall but the earlier you can start preparing the better. I wanted to share with you these five preseason deer hunting tips to help you be ready to get out and get that big brute this year.

Preseason Deer Hunting Tips

  1. whitetail behavior and habitatLearn about Whitetail Behavior and habitat: The more you know about whitetails and their habitat the better prepared you will be when hunting season comes around. Learn to pattern the deer and it will help you to be able to pick good stand locations that increase your odds of harvesting that big boy. Read deer hunting books, magazines, get on the internet, go to seminars, join clubs like the Quality Deer Management Association etc. Knowing what the deer are doing at certain times of the year and why can and will help you solve the big buck puzzle.preseason deer hunting tips
  2. Learn About and Start  Practicing Quality Deer Management Where You Hunt: Quality deer management can improve your deer herd and increase your odds at getting that buck of a lifetime. Planting food plots and or starting a supplemental feeding program can help the health of your deer herd and attract and hold deer on your property. Learning about and implementing quality deer management will tremendously improve your overall deer hunting experience.
  3. Get Fit for Deer Season Now: Starting an off season fitness program can make a big difference when deer season rolls around. Being fit will help you stay in the woods longer and make you more alert and help you when scouting, putting up deer stands, checking trail cameras etc. Eating healthy and getting fit will help make you a better deer hunter.
  4. Make Your Deer Hunting Equipment Checklist Now: By starting your deer hunting equipment checklist now you will have an idea of things that you need or want to get before next deer season and can prioritize which ones you want to get first. A lot of products will be on sale this time of year and you can get some really good deals. Buying the  things you need throughout the year will be a lot easier on your wallet rather than having to purchase them all right before the season.
  5. Practice With Your Bow or Gun Throughout the Year: Practice makes perfect and a lot of practice makes you even more perfect. Practice as much as you can, make it fun. Practice with friends and family and even make it competitive. Go to 3d ranges or gun ranges and shoot. Archery tournaments can be a lot of fun and help you hone your shooting skills.

These are just a few tips that will help you be better prepared to get after those whitetails when September rolls around.What are some of the preseason deer hunting tips you use to help you be more prepared for deer season to get your big bucks?

Choosing The Right Camouflage Pattern

If you deer hunt choosing the right camouflage pattern can make a big difference in success and failure. Do you change your camouflage pattern to blend in with your environment?

Realtree camouflage pattern

Pick a camouflage pattern that blends with the time of year you will be hunting.

 

Camouflage Pattern

I think it is important when deer hunting to naturally blend in with the foliage around you. There are many different brands of camouflage on the market to choose from, it’s important to pick one that is similar to the foliage you will be hunting. The last thing I want when hunting big bucks is for a buck to see me before I see it. Deer are smart, especially big bucks. I do believe that the number one thing deer see is movement, but I also believe you need to blend in. Early in the season the foliage is mostly nice and green, that’s when I like to use the US Army ca-mo pattern. I was in the Army, and I really like that pattern early in the season. I’ve had big bucks, and does for that matter walk right up to me when I have this pattern on, as long as I have foliage around me and I don’t make any movement that the deer can pick up on they won’t see me. I like to make sure I wear a head net, paint my face, and wear gloves. This pattern works well all when everything is nice and green, but when the leaves change and I’m hunting in hardwoods I like to find a pattern that is similar to the colors of the hardwoods, Realtree and MossyOak have some wonderful patterns for all times of the year. If I was to ever go to Canada deer hunting in the snow I would wear a good snow pattern to blend in. It’s always good to give yourself every little edge you can when hunting, especially for big bucks. Blending in is just one more way to help you be more successful at constantly taking trophy whitetails.

One time I was perched in a white oak early during bow season. The leaves were still green and I had foliage all around me, I had on a camouflage pattern that matched my background, and I had a nice eight pointer come right up to my tree. I had my face painted and my gloves on, he never even saw me. My camouflage did its job, I just didn’t do mine. I missed him at almost point blank range, he ducked my arrow and ran out in a clear cut and turned around and started blowing at me, but he never saw me because I blended in. That buck could not figure out what I was, I looked like a tree to him. That’s why it’s important to blend in, you will be more successful if you do.

Big Deer Hunting Preparation

The season may just be over or just about to be over but start preparing now if you want to increase your odds next season hunting big deer. There are many different things to help you do this and each hunter will have different things that will help him or her. I would like to share a few of things that have helped me over the years. The thing is make you a plan and start executing that plan now.big deer

One of the biggest factors I believe is, there have to be trophy bucks where you hunt to be able to kill trophy bucks. The more brutes you have in the area the better your chances are. It doesn’t matter if you are on private or public land with a little homework, hard work and preparation you can increase your odds of taking taking big deer.

Grow Big Deer

I have hunted public and private land over the years and preparation is the key on both. Whitetail habitat and quality deer management are key factors that make a huge difference key factors that make a huge difference deer hunting. If you hunt public land make sure it has good whitetail habitat and if you hunt private land practice quality management. The Quality Deer Management Association is a great resource to help you learn to manage your property and herd.

Illinois big deer

I took this big deer in Illinois.

If you plan on hunting public land do your homework and hunt the places that have high success rate of hunters taking trophy bucks. Years ago I put in for a very tough draw hunt in Georgia and although it took me three years to get drawn I finally got it done and killed a nice nine pointer. It was a three day, seventy five hunter quota and I was the only hunter to kill a buck and it was all because I did my homework and was determined. I increased my odds by being where there were a good number of trophy bucks and I prepared.

Here is a list of some things that will help you prepare for next season.

  • Locate Prime Whitetail Properties: Locate properties known to have good whitetail habitat and get access to hunt them.
  • Scouting: Scouting is a great way to help you increase your odds and the inter-net can help you find whitetail hot spots before ever stepping foot on a certain piece of property. You can locate pinch points, saddles, travel corridors, water, elevation changes etc.. Google Earth is a great way to scout properties and help you figure out where to start your search once you arrive to do you scouting on foot and can save you a ton of time and walking. Once I do my inter-net inter-net scouting and first foot scout a piece of new property I like to walk the complete boundary and look for trails entering or leaving the property and try to figure out where those trails are leading to and from and why. Don’t over scout, keep human activity to a minimum, the less they have to deal with you the safer they feel and the better your chances are of seeing a monster.
  • Equipment Checklist: Having good equipment is a must and making an making an equipment checklist will help you prioritize what equipment you need to upgrade or purchase. By doing this early you can get the things you need throughout the year and not have to purchase it all right before the season and it won’t take a chunk out of your wallet at one time.
  • Archery Practice: You need to practice, practice, and practice some more. Simulate hunting conditions when practicing such as shooting from elevated spots, wear the clothing you will be wearing in the field, shoot at life size targets and practice shooting in all weather conditions etc…
  • Quality Deer Management: Learn about and implement strong quality deer management practices where you hunt. Plant food plots, implement supplemental feeding programs, manage the herd with antler restrictions and manage buck to doe ratio etc…
  • Trail Cameras: Use trail cameras to help you survey your bucks and to help you decide the best locations to place stands.
  • Hunting Tips And Techniques: Learn as much as you can about whitetails behaviors and feeding habits.  Learn tips and techniques from the pros  by attending seminars at hunting shows to help you in the field.  Learn whitetail vocalizations and what they are saying when they make those sounds and learn how and when to make those sounds.
  • Get Fit: The better shape you are in the better hunter you will be.
  • Deer Stand Preparation And Concealment: Get your stands put out early and leave the area alone. Make sure you stands give you plenty of cover when you are in them.

These are just a few things to help you get ready, the season will be here before you know it. If you are like me you are already wishing opening day was here. By starting to prepare early you can give your self a much better chance at getting that buck of a lifetime when next season rolls around. When you get that buck of a lifetime all that hard work and preparation will be worth it… I promise!

I wanted to share a hunt I filmed during the 2011 season in Kansas, preparation helped us to get a shot at this once in a lifetime buck.