A Successful Deer Stalking Method

April 1. 2016:
By Blake Alma, 

Is it not sad to think that deer hunting season is over?

Deer-pres-sion - the state of being depressed at the end of the deer season. 

However, I do not think of end of deer season to be, well, the end. I think of it as an entire new season to learn even more about deer hunting. We have now at least 6 months to
prepare for the next deer season. So let's start learning today, for when a new deer season begins, we are as ready as can be!

Above all hunted wildlife in North America, the deer is the most commonly pursued. Whether you hunt from a stand, hunt from a blind, hunt with a bow, or hunt with a gun; this method can be done by all types of deer hunters.

Stalking a deer is perhaps one of the most difficult animals to stalk. Their noses are keenly in tune with their surrounding scents. For their eyes are always fixed by what lurks around them. Stalking deer is not easy accomplished. You cannot expect to walk unto the woods with your firearm and just happen to see and shoot a deer. I only wish it was that simple. This must be done with patience and excellence.

The best times to stalk and hunt a deer is when they are feeding, either early in the morning or right before the dark covers. When a deer is feeding, it typically turns its head from the wind, so it can keep watch for any predators approaching. Yes, we hunters are predators to the deer! It also relies on its noses to sniff any predators nearby. Deer are very aware of their surroundings, hence this will be quite difficult.

First off, purchasing and using any sort of hunting scent remover will be ideal. Using scent-less deodorant and soap is also recommend. Of course, wearing camo that blends in with the deer’s natural surroundings will be good as well. While stalking deer, always keep your eyes peeled. Never get distracted and never look in non-targeted areas. Always look around for any wildlife movement. Also look for any deer footprints within the snow or mud. That might lead you to the deer’s feeding grounds or nesting ground. If you find an area with deer activity, stay there! Signs of a good stalking location will include scat, deer tracks, water, and any source of food. Get 25 to 50 yards away from the deer’s ground. Stay there and keep watch of any deer activity.

Once you spot a deer, slowly and quietly crawl toward it. Keep your head down. Walking on your hands and knees may be quieter. If the deer sees you, keep motionless. Do not move and most certainly be as quiet as you possibly can. If you successfully remain still and quiet, the deer will find no danger and continue on its routine. However, if you make a noticeable movement or sound, it will run off. Try to refrain from being too nervous. People tend to shake when nervous. If you shake to much the deer will take note and run off.

When you find yourself close enough to the deer, take a good aim. Again, try to be as motionless as possible. If you think you’re in a position, quietly re-position yourself. Aim your scope or sight and take your shot. Whether you used a bow or rifle, you should have successfully stalked a deer. Hopefully, you now have that wonderful prized deer that you have been waiting all season to hunt!