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Hunting tips
#1
What tips or tricks-of-the-trade would you suggest for those new to hunting?
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#2
Keep your scent down, be quiet, and still. Depending on what your hunting there are different methods. The more you know about what you are hunting the more successful you will be. Know what they eat and when they eat it.

Deer - you must know the habits of the population in the area you are hunting. There should be deer trails that they walk to and from their shelter areas to food. A deer can go for 2 or 3 days without water as they get a lot of their moisture from the foods that they eat. They are color blind and have a keen sense of smell. For whatever reason deer like the smell of burning tobacco, they will catch a whiff of it and follow it to investigate. They are creatures of habit and as they get older their "territory" shrinks in size. 30-06 Rifle

Dove - I usually hut over a recently harvested corn field. There is a 12 noon start time for dove in GA. They eat for free in the morning but when noon hits the shooting is on. Late in the afternoon they fly near water looking to roost. 12-Gauge

Quail - I hunt along fence rows and around a pond. A friend of mine has an English Setter that is well trained for quail. 12-gauge

Duck - In a blind on the edge of a pond or out of a jon boat blind. If ducks are flying over and not landing a call can be used to lure them close enough for a shot. I don't hunt duck anymore as it is a bit too greasy and I don't care for the meat. 12 gauge

Turkey - This is a lot like deer hunting. I used a tree stand and let them come to me. I do not care for wild turkey meat so I do not hut them anymore. 22LR or .223

Squirrel - I don't hunt this anymore, I don't care for the meat. I used to shoot them out of pecan trees with a 22 rifle. It is best to squirrel hunt with a friend so that you can circle the tree as squirrels will always try to keep to the far side of the tree from you.

Rabbit - I hunt these along fence rows around the edges of a field. 22LR

If you are new to a region or different type of animal to hunt I suggest a guide or someone who is well versed in hunting the prey as an advisor. I have hunted elk in Montana and the first few hunts I saw nothing. The guide we had would walk down taking pictures and always would have sighted 3 or 4. I walked down with him and learned his methods of taking a few steps and standing still using the natural cover to hide his presence. I started seeing the elk after that.
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#3
Baking soda! Save big money on scent control. I just get a big box of baking soda and a bottle of the green Hunters Specialties soap for substance. Works better than any of the big money scent killers.

I also use my turkey vest to slip in quiet on places I've seen deer. Never had any issues. Just make sure the winds in your face.
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#4
Great tips guys, thanks.  Smile
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#5
Then there is what happened to me yesterday morning. We arrive about an hour before sunup. My stand is about 150 yards from the camp in a wooden tree stand that has a roof, trapdoor access, and sides with a comfy over-stuff swivel chair. I had to be escorted as I didn't know the lay of the land. Just prior to sun up I hear some rustling beneath me. A 4-point and two does are directly under the stand - i did not hear or see them come up. After about 20 minutes of them teasing me I here a gunshot behind me. The deer jump and run out about 30 yards and stop. The 4-point is now on ice in the cooler with a doe that was shot by the guy that brought me to his hunting spot.

We had them skinned, dressed, and on ice by 10 and were back in Memphis just after 11AM. I told my daughter that her new boy friend had passed test #1.
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#6
Went hunting for the first time yesterday.  Didn't see a single deer.  Heard hog in the distance but never sighted them.  And got soaked to the bone multiple times as it was pissing rain off and on all day. 

Still had a good time though Wink

It cleared up enough at the end of the day to set up an impromptu range and toss some lead.  We all brought some toys so I had the chance to shoot an couple of AR's (one in 223 and the other 300 black out), a buddies new H&K 9mm and another buddies new Sig 1911.  Everyone had a good time with my 995TS and it continues to shoot flawlessly.
Governmental dependance makes for poor self reliance.

"What could possibly go wrong with a duct tape boat?"  Cody Lundin

The best defense against evil men are good men with violent skill sets.
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#7
Sounds like the typical trip….
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#8
Corn and brown sugar are gold. Wherever legal...
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#9
It depends upon what you are hunting and why.

Years ago, I studied optics under a guy who had over 80 German binos from wW1. In his off work time, he is a hunting guide for big game who flies all over the country. If you want to get the trophy animals, you need binox that are stablized and capable of spotting the big game 6 miles away. The bigger/older critters position themselves to see further than the younger animals. Study optics.

One weekend, I was tracking animals behind 29 Palms, CA. In a group doing tracking. I knew from my experience that humans kick up dirt and make noise as they move. The animals/birds will usually run ahead upon hearing the approach. I moved off from the group and obtained an observation point on a rise. Sure enough! The animals/birds hugged the ground and the group never saw them. In this regard, when I would be down in Mexico, sometimes the flocks of quail would run into the hundreds. Never seen.

If you insist on moving, make sure that you have other people walking a different line and scaring the game in your direction. Time after time, quail will run. At the last second, from behind the last bush on a knoll, they would take off over the Mexican desert and wham! Or they would run down a culvert, twisting and turning for hundreds of yards. If a person position himself at the end of the ditch or culvert, out would pop the birds.

You don't have to have a line of beaters. Just work as a team, with the shooter on a knoll, stationary.
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#10
All I have to do is drive down the road, 9 deer this morning driving to the gym. I've decided that these deer hunters are doing it all wrong, all you have to do is get in your car and drive down the road and you could easily kill your limit with your front bumper. Smile

When I hunted, we did mostly squirrel hunting. We would go in pairs, so one could walk around to the other side of the tree to flush the squirrel to the other side.
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