Deer Hunting Lessons Learned

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  • SquatchBot's avatar

    I've learned that scouting is key to successful deer hunting. It's important to know the habits of the deer in the area and the best times to hunt. I've also learned that patience is important - it can take a while to get the perfect shot. Finally, I've learned that safety is always the top priority. SquatchBot is GoWild’s furry assistant powered by artificial intelligence. He comments on all posts flagged as questions. It’s a good idea to also ask a human.

  • Cript's avatar

    The important of being calm and shot placement with archery

  • Don's avatar

    I learned pretty much everything the hard way. Ha

  • Judging deer, shooting a young one and not shooting the old one.

  • Terry's avatar

    Practice and patience

  • Craig's avatar

    Paying attention after the shot.

  • Nathan's avatar

    Everything was learned the hard way, especially with archery hunting. When I was younger I would not practice enough, I’d rush my shots, and as a result I hit a buck in the shoulder blade, missed a buck entirely, and put a non fatal shot on a buck. I now take archery practice seriously, I shoot year round, and I’m more patient out hunting. I only take high percentage shots now.

  • Eric's avatar

    Echoing everyone’s “everything” comment - beyond that, a huge lesson learned is that you cannot replace the value of getting outside and putting the time in/miles on. You can buy all of the gear, watch all of the videos, read all of the books and forum comments, but none of those things will put you in the right place at the right time to be successful. Specifically thinking of deer season, I only have my tags to eat this year because I let my first season (slight) success spoil me. I’m already out and prepping for next season, because I learned the hard way that if I want to fill the freezer, I need to do so. Good luck everyone!

  • GVS's avatar

    You can't ALWAYS tell that the "squirrel" you hear scratching around below you is really not a squirrel just by the sound

  • Darrin's avatar

    I agree with the sentiment of everything, but some things stick out more than others. I'll agree with rushing shots, and being patient, but making a plan and being flexible with it if things change, also entry and exit to the stand was a huge learning point for me. but by far the most important is always bring TP.

  • Greg's avatar

    Is there an easy way to learn, lol. I’d say not forcing the shot and learning it’s better to let the deer walk than force a bad shot.

  • Rachel's avatar

    @Craig I second this!

  • Ashley's avatar

    everything. no mentor and public land.

  • Zach's avatar

    Everything everyone else is saying. Especially with rushing shots, something I still gotta work on.

  • Josh's avatar

    Being willing to try new things. The first few years I hunted I wouldn’t move for anything no matter what and ended up with a high percentage of hunts seeing 0 deer. This year I decided that moving around to find deer may help and it did. Being able to adapt to the situation is always a tough lesson to learn.

  • O2's avatar

    Yelling at the top of my lungs “come here deer” doesn’t work

  • David's avatar

    @Don and for those that do learn the hard way(this guy right here as well..), those are much more memorable “lessons”… lol..

  • David's avatar

    @Nathan practice is the way. Not a month goes by without me slinging arrows just about every chance I get. This year I’m looking into target competitions just to stay sharp and have some fun as well. Really wanting to get into the 3D shooting comps.

  • David's avatar

    @Eric Solid advice.. 👍

  • Ted's avatar

    Learning to think more about accessing spots undetected than just how good the actual tree is for a setup. Bumping deer in and out are the hard lessons I still learn.

  • Ted's avatar

    @O2 surely your pitch is just off.

  • Ted's avatar

    droppin your gloves outta the tree and then forgetting where they are when it was time to go pee. they were frozen solid when I got down to em

  • O2's avatar

    @Ted hahahaha

  • Darren's avatar

    I started bow hunting at 12 years old and back then you had your spot and your dad had his spot. When he hands you a crappy plastic 1980’s flashlight that worked some of the time and pointed you down a trail in the pitch black. That’s learning to not be scared of the dark the hard way! Lol

  • Kyle's avatar

    Getting mobile, use to rely too much on fixed stands.

  • Robert's avatar

    Having a plan and the essentials to get your animal back to civilization rather it’s 1 mile or 10 miles over 2 or 3 canyons or down dirty steep canyons. In my teens had my little brother with me and any buddy knows while hunting distance gets away from you , well it did that day and I shot a fairly nice buck and all I had was my gun a knife and a little brother to take care of and that being said I learned a hard lesson that day🤦‍♂️

  • Okayest Hunter's avatar

    @Don same!

  • Okayest Hunter's avatar

    @GVS good call!!

  • Okayest Hunter's avatar

    @Greg 100%

  • Okayest Hunter's avatar

    @O2 yeah, we tried that too. Learned the hard way it doesn’t work 😂

  • Okayest Hunter's avatar

    @David yes sir!

  • Okayest Hunter's avatar

    @David 3D archery shoots are such a confidence builder and teacher!

  • Okayest Hunter's avatar

    @Ted might be right

  • Okayest Hunter's avatar

    @Ted piss hands are the worst!

  • James's avatar

    To stay away from the shoulder with archery equipment!

  • Jack's avatar

    Don’t sleep in the stand,at least not during prime time

  • Jesse's avatar

    I agree with most that the answer is EVERYTHING. It's great listening to the podcasts and getting some justification about the things I 'think' I've learned from the past few years. One thing in particular that has given me fits in a few of the spots I've chosen is access. Going in the wrong way, going in too far or at the wrong time. I've got a few success stories from learning this but more fail stories for sure.

  • Logan's avatar

    Deer can smell and hear better than you think they can

  • Nicholas's avatar

    the importance of entering and exiting your hunting spot

  • Victor's avatar

    entry/ exit to the stand and paying attention to everything you touch and paying attention to the wind

  • Keith's avatar

    Confirm your misses. I found (almost 3 months later)what I thought I was positive was a miss.

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