Hunting Tips and Techniques
These hunting tips and techniques were submitted in our Archery Hunting Tips Contest. Thanks to all who entered and shared their knowledge of hunting. Some are conventional in wisdom and some utilize items or methods a little unconventional. Either way, they seem to work.
Spider Webs and Trails - Mike C | Mississippi Winner of the Hunting Tips Contest
One of the things that I have found useful is actually very simple. We all have been walking thru the woods here in the south and looking for deer sign (i.e. old scrapes, rubs, etc) and the next thing you know you are eating a huge spider web that was across the trail from tree to tree. I have actually started looking for the webs themselves, you will notice that where deer are traveling, the webs are higher and or made around the trail to give room for the deer walking under it. I have used this several times when there is a fork in the trail, one will have a low web and the other would not. This makes it very simple to figure out which trail the deer are using. Of course all trails do not have webs on them but this can help assist in some circumstances. Always carry a big stick and and swing in front of you to keep from eating the webs.
Scent Bombs - Lance H | North Carolina - Honorable Mention
I have found cheap generic tampons to be excellent scent bombs. Open them up, place in air-tight container with your favorite scent oil/urine. In the field while hunting, just hook the little string on a tree snag or from a bolt on the deer stand, etc. Exceptional holding power and some are bio-degradable if you choose not to recover/re-use them.
Mud Rolling - AD| New Zealand Most Dedicated Hunter
Hereís an easy scent mask: Before you go hunting, roll around in mud or a bog. It sounds crazy, but I know of a guy who got two-feet away from a sow and it still didn't smell him.
Varmint Calls for Deer - Jeff W|Idaho
You can use a varmint call to get mule deer to stand up from their beds at long distances. If rifle hunting, you may get a shot. If bowhunting you may locate an animal in vast sage cover for a stalk. Visual Reference - Jon M|Minnesota
Just before the shot, make a visual reference to where the animal is standing. For example, a small bush, dark spot in grass, or 9:00 position from where you are at. This will help immensely when going to collect your prize. I have seen many people struggle to find first sign of where it was shot. Also having a second person, or piece of toilet paper, to stay at last sign of blood while you wander. TP breaks down quickly when exposed to the elements. Modified FOBís to Track Animals
- Nate V|Texas
When bowhunting, I shoot with FOBs, they are great in that when you get a pass through they drop off and let you know that the arrow went through the animal. I modify them by affixing forward facing barbed needles too them. This way they stick to the animal in the exact spot the arrow entered. Sometimes it is difficult to see where an arrow impacts an animal, but with this set up I can watch the animal as it runs off after the shot and know precisely where I hit it. This can make a big difference when deciding how long to wait before tracking. (Note: FOBís are aerodynamic replacements for traditional fletching) Floor Mat Dirt Protection
- Stephen H | Florida
When changing into my hunting cloths onsite I use my rear floor mat of my truck to keep the dirt off my feet and out of my boots. Field Dressing your Deer and Clipping the Cord
Ė AD|New Zealand
Here's a tip for field dressing an animal after a successful hunt. Before you head out hunting, pack some kind of clip. There are many to choose from, such as the clip off of a bread bag to clothes pegs, but the best kind is one of those clips they put on your kid's umbilical cord after they're born. When you're field dressing your animal, after you ring it out, instead of having to tie off the rectal cord, you can simply clip it, saving time and fidgety hassles. Just don't forget to retrieve the clip when you're done! Elk Hunting Blind
- Carl P| Arizona
When elk hunting, I find the best thing to do is to scout the area for several months and develop a pattern of learning the game trails in and out of my hunting area. After I've established the most often used trail, I erect a small blind in the area out of the local natural wood and shrub. In Arizona it's illegal to bait or feed the animals, so when I'm putting the finishing touches on my blind I use fresh hay from the feed store as roofing and insulation. This will attract both elk and deer to the area. Though you may not be feeding them with plots, they are still interested at the lovely smell of your nice new hunting blind. For a single man blind 1-2 bales of hay should cover the respected amount of area you should need. Field Dressing Tip
Ė AD|New Zealand
Instead of going to the hassle of ringing out the rectum of your kill, simply make a gutting incision a little further forward in the belly, and grab hold of the tube inside that goes to the anus. Using a similar motion to handmilking a cow, push any fecal matter up out of the way. Finally, slice through the tube at the end near the anus and tie it off. Quiet Time - Jeff M|Ohio
Often when bowhunting you want to keep movement down to a minimum, but you need to keep track of time for one reason or another. I always take an old digital watch with no band and use good double sided tape and stick it to my bow somewhere like the back side of the top limb. This assures that a time check is just a glance away. Itís often real handy if you are filming and need a time-line for your video editor later. One thing to makes sure of is that all alarms and chimes are disabled. Don't miss page 2 of the hunitng tips.