Anyone who decides that they would like to begin hunting deer has many resources at their disposal. Many people enjoy hunting deer and are happy to take a new person along and show them the ropes. If it is not possible to accompany an experienced hunter then try to get as much advice as possible before heading out. Make sure that all necessary equipment is packed and a plan is in place to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
1. Stay Safe
Many hunters like to go out and spend an entire weekend hunting. If that is the case, the proper clothing, sleeping bags, food and water should be packed and stored safely to ward against hypothermia, dehydration and starvation. Make sure that the blind windows are intact and any feeders and bait are set up appropriately. Use insect repellent to protect against ticks and mosquitos. Let someone at home know the general area and duration of the trip so they can alert authorities in case of an emergency.
2. Eliminate Odors
Deer can be sensitive to human odors, so showering before the trip with unscented soap and then applying an odor-eliminator upon arrival can be an excellent way to mask any scents.
3. Pack Appropriately
Create a checklist before leaving to make sure nothing gets left behind. Besides the gun and ammunition, clothing, sleeping bags, a first aid kit and emergency supplies should be packed. The temperature can fluctuate widely between day and nighttime, so be prepared to deal with warmer afternoons and colder evenings. If trekking off into the woods for miles, make sure that the pack can be easily carried long distances without causing fatigue.
As long as the local laws are observed and the hunters stay safe, hunting deer can be a great way to bring home extra meat, contribute to population control measures and spend a weekend enjoying a hobby.