Too often we, hunters, find ourselves looking for the big properties. Although this is exciting thing to land the many acres of prime hunting we fail to realize that little land is actually needed to be a successful hunter. One of our customers only has about 1-2 acres of land to hunt and was able to get his first buck. Granted his property is next to a farm and on the other side is no one but there are some key fundamentals that have to be in place to be successful. Try these three things out:
Time in the stand – This is the most vital fundamental truth that every hunter needs to come to grips with. Not every hunt ends in a kill and for most of us out there not every hunt means seeing a deer or the type of animal that we are after. Nothing pays off more than time in the stand. But, it is not just sitting in the tree stand or booth that matters; it is quality time in the stand. Instead of sitting in the stand and playing on your smart phone or taking a nap, learn the area or look for new markings. Make the time is the stand count. Pick up on the wind direction, what time of the day does it the wild life move, or even what weather conditions work best for the location. Become the master of knowledge of your stand.
Prep Time – Whether you have 1,000 acres or 2 acres, time needs to be spent in prepping the location in which you are going to hunt. We like to call it prep time because this entails that a wide variety of things that can be done. Put out corn, if you have a little bit of land to work with, this will cause the deer to start coming to your property (make sure you follow your state laws). By doing this you will help bring a deer trail right by your tree stand if you do not have a lot of land to work with. If you have a lot of land to work with, invest the time into food plots. Use trail cameras! The use of trail cameras cannot be overstated. By using them you can find out what time of day they are moving…if you have deer coming through your property. Lastly trim up the area, nothing feels worse than when that big buck comes in and you can’t take the shot because there are branches in the way.
Practice – If you are hunting a small property, EVERY shot counts! Take the time to practice, practice, and practice. Work threw the movements that you will be making. Practice from the tree stand, lift weights and exercise to train your muscles to do the same thing over and over. Work through the motions with your eyes closed, this helps you to focus on each step.
These three things are not the end all say all to the hunters guide to success but it should help with this year coming up! Remember one thing, HAVE FUN!