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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-09-2019, 08:58 AM
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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.
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A damp day with wind is great day to still hunt, if you play wind right. Wind blocks out much sound you may make from stepping on twigs etc. I learned the effect of wind on sound from calling predators. My e-caller may sound way too loud to me 10 yds out but if I walk even 40 yds away from caller on windy day, I may not even hear it.
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Lots of great info I will add 1 tip when you stop make sure your shooting foot is forward so if a shot materializes you are ready.
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-09-2019, 11:46 AM
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Lots of great info I will add 1 tip when you stop make sure your shooting foot is forward so if a shot materializes you are ready.
Sounds like someone may have taken an off balance shot and ended up their butt once😂
I’ve done that spring turkey hunting.
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