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Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: West Hempfield, PA
On the noisy days (leaves, not so much the wind), use small brooks/creeks that are easy to navigate to your advantage. They hide your outline and mask your noise. It has to be the "right" creek, etc. as you don't want to me rock hopping or climbing up waterfalls, etc.
Use old logging roads to your advantage, especially side hill ones that overlook a valley and give you a good view down and across to the other side. Sometimes, you can kick deer out to yourself by rolling/throwing a large rock into thick bedding down below you and it will make them move out and onto the next hillside but if it is the right terrain, they may stop within range....
And GO SLOW...if you are thinking you are moving slow...you are probably still moving too fast. I have this problem too but, I know to go at a snails pace when I am moving through an area I know is good bedding and holds deer typically.
And as others have said, sometimes, just dumb luck will get you a deer or at least sightings when you are moving about. I have shot a couple bucks just on my walk out during archery season (with my treestand on my back) and have had lots of close encounters but almost always during the seek and chase phase of the rut and mid-day. You can get into that kind of action during the rifle season when the second cycle comes around.