Every year hunters take to the woods in the hopes of bagging a Texas whitetail deer. Deer are a plentiful resource and are amazingly adaptable to any surroundings. Found throughout all of Texas and in every landscape imaginable, they also have an astounding ability to sense danger and aren’t always a simple target for a hunter. Many hunters prefer to study the deer in their area to have a sense of what they could encounter come open season. Fully understanding one’s target is one of the most fundamental requirements for a successful hunt.
Whitetail deer hunting has been a popular sport for centuries. In early times they were most often the biggest source of a family’s food and survival. For this reason the whitetail deer population has always fluctuated; while some years they seem to overrun the landscape, other years their numbers dwindle. It is for this reason that the local wildlife management officals evaluate the population every year to determine the number of tags to be handed out each season. When the deer are overpopulated, hunting is often seen as a great asset in the local region; as food sources dwindle, deer push into the city limits munching on expensive landscaping resulting in thousands of dollars of property damage. With more deer inside the city limits, more fatal car accidents also occur.
While deer are plentiful in nearly any landscape a hunter can imagine, a hunter may prefer a change of his local scenery. Many whitetail deer hunting guides are available to take the hunter on trips through the open plains, tall wooded forests, or slippery mountainsides. Each landscape presents the hunter with a different challenge and tests the hunter’s skill. There are also guides that structure trips around the weapon a hunter is using, whether it be a rifle or a bow.
Many hunters take part in Texas whitetail deer hunting not just for the challenge, but also for the freezer full of meat they get if they are successful. Deer meat is very low in fat and cholesterol when compared to other meats. It also has high levels of vitamins and minerals and can be prepared in much the same way as any other type of meat, from grilling to sausage.
If you’re ready to put all of your hunting skills to the test, go after a whitetail deer. These animals are a true challenge to hunt and have challenged many hunters. They can smell you, hear you and are constantly on the lookout for danger. Sneaking up on a buck is a real feat, but if you know a few tricks, it can be done.
Along with experience, you can use a good number of items and techniques on your hunts. First of all, a deer knows what you smell like. If they can smell what you’ve touched, where you’ve walked or where you are, well, game over! The entire herd will bolt with a warning flick of a white tail.
There are pros and cons to many techniques that hunters use during Texas Whitetail deer season to get close enough to the herds to bag a buck. One of the most common helper items used is the scent masking spray. The pro side is that the spray will successfully hide your scent. The con side is that if too many deer hunters use one particular spray too often while hunting, the whitetail deer will quickly learn that the scent means danger.
Rattling antlers is another way to get close so you can get a good clean shot. If you have one or more sets of antlers, then once a year, oil them lightly with linseed oil. It will serve a two-fold purpose. The oil will keep the antlers from becoming brittle and it will also give them a solid and “real” sound. The deer will hear you rattling the sets of antlers together and will assume it’s a couple of bucks sparring. This technique will enable you to get a lot closer to the herd while masking your presence. You may get some surprised looks when you say you like to take your turkey or duck call when you’re hunting. You may even get asked if you’re deer or waterfowl hunting; however it’s a smart move. Deer are naturally relaxed by the call of the turkey and ducks as the birds are absolutely silent when humans and other dangers are in the vicinity. A random turkey or duck call now and then will soothe the herd as you move in closer to take your shot for a trophy whitetail deer.
Another common mistake many deer hunters make is in how they proceed if they miss their shot. They move on. The herd may have been spooked by the shot and subsequently bolted from the area. However, in some instances they won’t go too far. Stay absolutely still for ten to twenty minutes and you may be able to get another chance to bag your buck.
Use these tips to get the most out of your next whitetail deer hunting outing. Whether you enjoy hunting in an open range area or you prefer a deer park, you need more than skill to hunt deer, you need technique as well. Find the ones that work best on the deer in your area and you will raise your chances of bringing home a deer instead of a story about the one that got away.