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Top 7 Outdoor Hunting Tips To Improve Your Strategy

I’ve been hunting for years in the states. Since I’ve moved to Hawaii and started an Oahu restoration cleaning services company, I’ve just been hunting wild boars up in the beautiful mountains. But, these tips still holds true and are universal.

Hunting is fun, but it can also be difficult especially for newbies. And there’s an element of danger involved, since firearms are part of the activity. Follow these outdoor hunting tips to make hunting easier, safer, and definitely a lot more enjoyable:

  1. Don’t move when you make a noise. Did you just step on a twig and made some noise as a result? If so, freeze! You can bet that any animals nearby won’t merely disregard the ruckus you made. They’ll stop and then stare at your direction for a long while, trying to see if something is moving. If they don’t see you moving, then there’s a chance that they’ll resume whatever it was they were doing. 
  2. Don’t be in a hurry. Hunting requires that you move slowly, and often you will have to stay still for a few minutes. You can practice this at home, simply by staying still while you check your watch. You should get used to freezing for at least 5 minutes at a time. 
  3. Sometimes you do need to hurry. Yes, this may seem like contradictory advice, but it makes sense. That’s because you want to sound like you’re a squirrel or some other small animal trying to scurry quickly through the woods. Many prey animals like deer are alarmed by regular footfalls, as they’ve learned that these presage human hunters. So every now and then, take quick yet light-footed steps for about 10 yards or so before you stand still for 5 minutes. 
  4. Use your hunting binoculars. When you’re using your binoculars in the early morning, check the likely spots carefully. Then every now and then, refocus on the spots that you’ve already checked. The light changes as time passes, so the light may reveal animals you may have missed before. The animals may also have come into that spot after you’ve last checked it. 
  5. Follow a fresh trail carefully. Prey animals have learned to be paranoid, so they’re very much alert to their back trail. If the track you’re following is fresh, then you can’t just follow that trail. You’ll need to freeze every now and then to avoid spooking the animal you’re tracking. 
  6. Try to anticipate. If you’re stalking an animal that’s on the move, try to watch it for a while. See if you can discover its direction and pace so you can find where it’s going. That should help you pick the right path to traverse so you can wait for the animal to come to you. 
  7. Use landmarks to find your spot. One common strategy is to stalk an animal and then make a big circle so you come up from behind it. But as you move to another location it’s easy to find yourself confused as to where you are. To help guide you to the right area, try to use a distinctive object on the skyline. This can be a rock, a fence line, or a huge tree. 

The List Of Essential Hunting Equipment For Hunting Deer

Hunting deer is fun, but you do have to lug around quite a few equipment. You may want to minimize what you bring along with you so you can move freely and avoid getting tired easily. Bring along only the following hunting equipment essentials:

  1. A rifle (or any sort of hunting weapon). This is obvious, but then it must be mentioned just in case. It can also be a shotgun or even a bow.
  2. Binoculars. These things don’t just allow you to find your prey from far away. They’re also essential for safety, because you really need to confirm that you’re shooting at a deer instead of a neighbor!
  3. Hunting knife. At the very least, you will need the knife to gut the deer you bring down. It’s also great for cutting rope and twigs. In worst case scenarios, this can work as your last line of defense if there are other predators out there who think you’re the prey.
  4. Rope. You need the rope to haul your gear, especially if you’re climbing tree stands. You should always have at least 20 feet of thick nylon rope with you.
  5. Hooks and hangers. You need something on which to hang your other equipment pieces like your gun, extra clothes, and perhaps even photographic gear. This is especially crucial when you hunt from a tree stand.
  6. Camouflage face paint. You need to cover your face when you hunt deer, so that you’re less visible to your prey.
  7. Deer calls. They’re very effective, as you can make noises that can lure in a buck to within your range. Just don’t be tempted to over use them.
  8. Hand warmers. In many places it can get rather cold when you’re out hunting deer. This is especially true when you’re out past the middle of November. Having hand warmers can keep you in your stands longer.
  9. Rain cover. It can rain often out in the woods, but you won’t have to pack it in if you’re prepared for it. Some rain cover or even an umbrella can keep you and your equipment dry.
  10. Headlamp. You need a bright LED light for blood trailing, while a dull red light helps you track your prey undetected.
  11. Smartphone. At the very least you can use it to get help if you’re in trouble, plus you can also use it as a flashlight, camera, and vidcam. You may even have some new hunting apps installed, and it can also offer GPS assistance so you don’t get lost.
  12. Battery pack. You may not be able to charge your phone when you’re out hunting, so this gives you a lot more leeway.
  13. Toilet paper. This is easy to overlook, but you’ll never forget to bring it next time after you’ve experienced the “call of nature” while you’re out hunting. Leaves just don’t work as well!

You can make your own checklist as you prepare for hunting season. But for best results, try to include these hunting equipment essentials in your list.