Regular Big Game Season begins

Other common mistakes are dressing too warm, traveling too fast, being out of shape or taking too long of a break. "Don't track by watchin' the tracks all day", offered Lanny, "Keep you head up and move at the right speed. Keep up with the deer but go slow for distances and pay attention to the wind and weather."

"Keep up a steady pace and stop often to sweep the woods with both your eyes and ears. Go slow enough to see everything but not so slow that he leaves you!"

Warm, comfortable and persistent

"Hunters on the ground should surround themselves with brush or limbs as camoflauge. Keep your back to a tree for cover and support.", Shane explained, "Stay alert, wear a hat, use a Hot Seat, keep a Thermos of hot beverage handy. The more comfortable you are, the more attention you can give to the hunt!" Use a crotch rocket! Keep a Nalgene bottle of hot liquid inside your coat or your crotch., you'll fidget less and stay more alert. Small pocket heaters can often make the difference between shivering on a cold morning or sitting still; tuck one inside a breast pocket to keep the core of the body warm.

"Use the scent of the woods,", added Lanny, "Rub buck scrapes on your pant legs, or doe urine on your boots. Most of all, don't freeze with the shot. Move and stay on the deer for another shot."

Often a deer, if not injured, will run less than a hundred yards and stop to look back. Deer will want to identify the danger and may offer another opportunity for a shot."

Helpful Hunting Hints

When hunting whitetail deer, be aware of other woodland inhabitants which may provide important clues of a deer's whereabouts. Many birds and animals sound an alarm when their territory is encroached upon. Take note of obvious sounds that should alert a hunter such as the steady, scolding chatter of a red squirrel or the "chip, chip, chip" of a chipmunk warning of an intruder in it's territory. Birds also provide indication of the presence of an intruder with alarm calls such as the "awk, awk" of the raven or the "jay, jay" of a blue jay. A grouse flushing can provide another indication of other woodland travelers as can smaller birds such chickadees which will voice their agitation at intruders, while other songbirds will voice a "spishing" or "pish, pish, pish" alarm cry.

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