How do you hunt for deer? List one (or more ways) you hunt whitetails and then list one (or more) ways you hunt mule deer.
Whitetails: A lot of whitetail hunting has to do with positioning myself between a food souce, water source, or bedding area. This will be either by sitting on the ground, tree stand, or on top of a hill. In appropriate cases, binoculars are used to scope the area to find out where they seem to be concentrating. Usually, this will be a food source such as an alfalfa field, pea field, or game and fish plot. With whitetails, I find it extremely important to focus on the rut activity. Not so much the rut itself but the pre and post activity. The big ticket is when deer begin to group. Usually, weather plays a big role in it but the rut defnitely starts to get deer breaking their home ranges. As for other techniques? I like to walk, period. For whitetails it can be a challenge if by yourself because they are sneaky deer. They'll 9 times out of 10 let you walk past them and then sneak out to the bottom of a coule or use a lower elevation in a CRP field to sneak on out. The best thing I've found is to walk extremely slowly and stop often (kind of walking after pheasants). Let them get nervous and actually BUST out of the cover so you have a chance of locating them with sight and sound. Another way is to simply post. Hunters post at the end of a walk and let the other push deer to them. Its amazing how whitetails appear like ghosts to people posting. The key here is SAFETY. Usually, the posters do the shooting and shooting only! Um what else? I guess that's about it at the moment.
Muledeer: My favorite deer to hunt because of the terrain. Mulies are opposite of whitetails in that they are extremely curious on what is out and about. Instead of busting or sneaking out of the cover, they just appear. Often, they'll walk out slowly and stare in the direction they feel or smell something coming. At that time, they can be extremely hard to see because they remain very still when satisfying their curiosity. Furthermore, mulies do not head to the bottoms or the heavy cover, they like to get a hill between you and them. Binoculars the key for muledeer hunting. Mixed with bino's is stopping! With whitetails, you can get them to bust out if they do not sneak out. Really, if you don't get a whitetail to bust out you either kick the deer out at all, or you see the flash of their tail at 600 yards. Mule deer will give you a chance...if you take the time to see them. This is where binoculars are the key. For starters, mule deer blend in well and remain very still. Walking and then scoping the terrain after stopping with binos will almost certainly produce a deer or two. A lot of times, they are way off in the distance but the key to finding mule deer is getting them at a distance because if you get them close and they see you, they'll find the closest hill and disappear often times ofering a poor shot. Again, they are curious, so keep the gun on them because they just might stop to see what the dillio is. Anyways, back to binos. Working ridge lines and high points is key while searching with glasses. In the mean time MAKE SURE TO LOOK BEHIND YOU. Mule deer aren't very nervous and that works against you because they'll just stand there and watch you walk on by. It isn't until they smell you that they take off. Something that might sound funny but works for me is actually singing while I glass the surrounding. Usually its to an oldie (really!). Sit still and glass the area taking a break to use your eyeballs to scan the close surroundings. Silence is something muledeer like but do not like it when sounds bounce around the hills because if they can't see you, they get nervous because they cannot pinpoint you. When that happens, you'll soon hear the "bounce" as they trot off. This bounce is also something to be aware of. If you are in a thick area and really can't see, listen. They are extremely silent deer and when they do decide, their bounce as they run gives them away big time. Awesome sound if you have a dead calm day!!!
So that's all I have for now. Big bunch of words so hopefully they make a little sense. What do you guys do?