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How do you hunt for deer?

by , Posted to on 11/09/2005 6:02 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/14/2003
Location: ND


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?

Tim Sandstrom

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Re: How do you hunt for deer?
by on 11/09/2005 6:32 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/22/2005
Location: ND
W/O reading what Tim wrote, all I have to say is go out into the woods and call "Here Deery Deery Deery. Here Deery Deery Deery". Poke-poke. ;-)

Hunt Hard, Hunt Ethically, but most importantly, HUNT SAFE!! 

Re: How do you hunt for deer?
by on 11/09/2005 7:00 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/04/2003
Location: ND
I love hunting whitetails,, their a lot more challenging ,,,

and yes mulies can be too,, I've hunted the badlands and totally enjoyed hunting there I really enjoy the rugged terrain it's just plain beautiful country..

Whitetails ,,We do a lot of drives in CRP,, wooded draws, shelter belts,, But if I'm alone ,,If its crp I will zigzag and just take my sweet ol time looking back and around quit often,,probably not as slow as still hunting,, I Also like to glass and locate and then go to work after them ,,
shelterbelts I will go up the side they will most likely break to excape ground ,,, but I will squeeze through and look over the other side ,, I have caught them moving down the other side of the shelterbelt ,, I do a lot of walking and enjoy it even after the day is over and I am wore out ,,I not much of a sitter although I am getting better because of bowhunting...
Tracking is fun when there is snow and a good chunk of ground to do it

I do not care for flat land hunting ,, but some times we have no choice I like hilly rugged ground,,,
maybe thats why I enjoy Hunting SD blackhills...
Re: How do you hunt for deer?
by on 11/09/2005 7:33 PM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/31/2005
Location: ND
I have never hunted the mule deer seeing how I am new to ND.

I hunt the whitetail by the stalk meathod. Looking for their bedding areas, tracks, and other things that would point them out. I follow those signs and that will led me to where they are for the majority of the day. On a day where their movement is limited, I can get within about 250 yrds of a whitetail and have a very comfortable shot. I have found this the most challenging way to hunt for deer.
Re: How do you hunt for deer?
by on 11/09/2005 7:43 PM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/03/2003
Location: ND
I prefer to hunt whitetails. I hunt them mostly by stand hunting. I like em up close and personal. I also hunt some by sitting up on a hill near a food source during rifle season. I will walk during rifle season when the deer aren't moving much during the day but I'd rather be perched up in a tree.

I have only hunted muleys once with a rifle during my youth season and a little with the bow. I like the traditional spot and stalk method. But the only muleys I've shot have been out of treestands around some farmsteads where they became nuisences(sp?).

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Re: How do you hunt for deer?
by on 11/09/2005 7:48 PM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/03/2003
Location: ND
Oh I should mention that during my youth season I didn't even shoot a muley, took a nice whitetail at 15 yards instead. Even though I like the spot and stalk method I'm not very good at it. Just don't have the patience to take that long on a stalk. But I can sit up in a tree for hours. Don't ask me why.

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Fishing on North Dakota's Beautiful Lake Sakakawea!
Re: How do you hunt for deer?
by on 11/09/2005 7:55 PM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/22/2005
Location: ND
OK, after reading what Tim worte, here is what I like to do.

Usually what I do is walk cattail sloughs, crp, tree rows, coulee or draws in pastues, etc. Generally the only driving I do is to go from spot to spot. I also like to sit on rock piles so I can see what is going where and what is being pushed around. Equipment that I have with me are my binos, maybe a call or two, depending on what is going on, this year calling did nothing, usually shooting stix if I plan on shooting at a standing deer, tags, and rifle of course. I hate to get shaky and miss. If I am walking or posting, I leave everything but the tags and rifle in the vehicle. My hunting party has often teased me that I bring everything with but the kitchen sink.

Hunt Hard, Hunt Ethically, but most importantly, HUNT SAFE!! 

Re: How do you hunt for deer?
by on 11/09/2005 8:07 PM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/10/2004
Location: SD
I like to be on stand or in a ground blind for the first 3 hours and the last 2 hours as close to their bedding areas as possible (on occasion, actually in their bedding areas). Then depending on what I see on stand, I may stalk a deer I saw out of range, or leave the area of my stand and find some sloughs or shelterbelts to stillhunt through till my evening stand. If there was a fresh snow the night before, I love to pick the biggest set of tracks and follow them(very carefully, and from downwind) until I see what made them. I don't like to make running shots, and won't if they're farther than 75-100yds. Much prefer to outsmart them and get a good still shot with a rest.
Mule Deer:
Spot and stalk, and also tracking on fresh snow.
Re: How do you hunt for deer?
by on 11/09/2005 8:16 PM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/09/2005
Location: ND
This time of the year when the rut is on and the hunters are pushing deer, I like to sit on a high vantage point and just wait. Where I hunt, there is a section of posted land that the deer use as a refuge, so I try to position myself to intercept those deer. As for early and late in the year, I like to either sit in a tree stand or sit on the ground on a good travel route. I do not like to sit in the bedding area, because if a big buck has been bedding there and get spooked by you, he will likely find a new place to bed. Although there have been sometimes where I have no other place to sit, so I will (rarely) sit in the bedding area.
Re: How do you hunt for deer?
by on 11/09/2005 9:11 PM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/27/2004
Location: ND
This will only be my second year carrying a gun for deer personally for whitetails I also like to sit on a hill and let the deer come to me. This year I have been experimenting with some rattling and during bow season it actually worked or it was coincidence but I had a little fork at 17 yards I was so pumped I drove the truck and got my friend before it was dark just to tell him. OOPS. I have never actualy hunted mulies but during my youth season we spotted a nice big mulie and watched him bed down on a hill so we made about a 1 mile stock which isnt long but up and down hills always makes it tough, that stock ended with me shooting right over his back but my season ended great with a nice 5x4 whitetail that scored 130. Good first impression if you ask me.
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