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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-08-2019, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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Still Hunting

Im not a great still hunter. Looking for tips to improve my chances.
Keep wind in my face
Dont outline
Dont stop in the open
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-08-2019, 04:04 PM
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Go SLOW, stay alert, learn to identify places deer are likely to be holed up, and the major one for me, KEEP YOUR GUN IN YOUR HANDS. A gun slung over your shoulder isn’t killing any deer, and more often than not when still hunting you don’t get a whole lot of time when you do find deer.
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..use binocs...and.scan...move a few yards...scan....move a few yards...the binocs will be your #1 tool for success..
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My biggest thing is after a hour or two I start getting sloppy. End up moving too quickly, making too much noise or not stopping and scanning my surroundings enough. I am trying to work on maintaining my focus once I get into a hour or two of a still hunting expedition. On my end thatís the hardest part.
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My biggest thing is after a hour or two I start getting sloppy. End up moving too quickly, making too much noise or not stopping and scanning my surroundings enough. I am trying to work on maintaining my focus once I get into a hour or two of a still hunting expedition. On my end that’s the hardest part.
I get that way too. These days I take it as a cue to sit down be still for a half hour or so.
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Get good glass, and use it A Lot. Dont sound like a human walking. Move slow, and methodically. Use wind, and other sounds to your advantage. A light handy rifle helps. There was a good thread on still hunting tips a month or so ago.

I keep my rifle slung almost all of the time, you have to so that you can use binos as much as you need to. I can get my rifle off of my shoulder and be on target quickly.

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I'm terrible at it. You have to be confident in the area to do it. Don't waste your time snail pacing through ground where there are no deer. I kill deer doing it but takes lot of patience.
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I'm terrible at it. You have to be confident in the area to do it. Don't waste your time snail pacing through ground where there are no deer. I kill deer doing it but takes lot of patience.
It depends what your motive is. I still hunt some places that you dont see many deer, might not see any some days. But when you do its a hog of a buck usually.
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Never was much of a still hunter; did most of my deer hunting here in the south east out of tree stands. I have done a little around here, and some more upstate, and killed a handful of deer that way. BUT, when it worked for me it was less a matter of me doing it right, and more a matter of stumbling into deer, or more accurately, deer stumbling into me.
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I will add that some days the conditions are better suited than others. Hunting Ohio this morning it was dead calm quiet and the ground was frosty and crunchy. No way you were sneaking up on anything in those conditions. Of course snow is good and so it windy rainy days. I also like dry noisy days that have gusts of wind. Move when the wind is blowing and stand still when it quits or slows down. I like those days because you can hear deer moving.


I agree with Steel though that my biggest problem is getting sloppy after a while.
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