In fact,hunting deer in winter is a text for hunters. But once you determine to do it,you’d better insist. One minute you’re thinking you have a genius plan, and the next minute you’re tearing it apart and second guessing it. In order to be successful you have to remember the late-season basics and consciously stick to them.
Late-season is the easiest time to pattern and kill a mature buck that avoided you all season provided you have ample amounts of quality food. Here are some deer hunting tips for you.Hope it can help you a lot.
During the late-season you have a much higher chance of being pegged by deer while up in a tree. They have been hunted all season now and are better than ever at spotting you perched up in the air. They can easily pick up on movement, now that you are silhouetted in the skyline. Stands are moved to trees that have one or preferably more of the following characteristics: a beefy tree, splits/branches around the 20 foot mark, is still holding leaves, provides good back cover, is surrounded by a cluster of other trees, and sits back in the cover at least five yards.
If that seems like a pretty particular list of requirements my tree needs to meet, that’s because it is. Not many trees in southeastern Wisconsin meet my criteria, which is why you can never underestimate the effectiveness of ground blinds. While I prefer tree stands for viewing, they simply don’t compete with a well located and brushed in ground blind sitting on the edge of corn or soybean plot once the snow starts to fall. Not to mention, the added warmth they provide by shielding the wind and the potential to use a portable heater.
It’s a natural impulse to want to set up and hunt an area littered with deer sign the very first afternoon you find it. However, unless you have hunted it during previous winters or understand how and where the deer are travelling exactly, you will be far better off if you sit back and observe from a distance before moving in. A set of binoculars will be your most valuable tool during an “observation” sit. Understanding where the deer are entering, exiting, and feeding is critical to success. Many hunters will sit along field edges and see a pile of deer every night, but will never be within bow range of a single deer! One simple night of glassing can help put you in perfect position on your very first sit.
In much of the whitetails range, December and January are a time of year when you don’t have to feel bad about trading in a hunt for an extended stay on your mattress . The cold wintry days have deer back on their typical food/cover patterns, of which, the deer are typically back to their bedroom before morning light. Unless you have trail cam pictures indicating otherwise, I would avoid the increased likelihood of bumping deer in the morning and only hunt their known feeding locations during the evenings. The last two hours of daylight should be action packed.
The best hunters are continually adapting their approach to stay even with the whitetail. After all, our brain is about the only thing we hold the advantage on over a deer, so we must outwit them.