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Re: New deer hunter advice
« Reply #25 on: June 23, 2017, 08:34:18 AM »
Hunt where the deer are. If you don't, nothing else matters.

That's not meant to be snide; I know hunters who hunt the same spots year after year and never kill anything because the area doesn't hold much game.

You've got time to scout and secure good places to hunt.

Good luck.

100% it seems simple but I have buddies that will hunt the same spot over and over because "one time" they had luck or saw a good buck. dont be lazy, burn that boot leather!

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Re: New deer hunter advice
« Reply #26 on: June 23, 2017, 08:53:28 AM »
Hunt on Halloween Day dawn to dusk.   You will see a buck.

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Re: New deer hunter advice
« Reply #27 on: June 23, 2017, 09:00:29 AM »
I'm scouting a whole new area this year because the old area is burned out - no forage. Call your local WDFW regional office and ask to speak with either a bio or an LE for suggestions on where to hunt.
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Re: New deer hunter advice
« Reply #28 on: June 23, 2017, 09:03:44 AM »
Pianoman where you hunting at as this new hunter can just hunt there or go with you.

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Re: New deer hunter advice
« Reply #29 on: July 13, 2017, 03:03:35 AM »
I didnt really start getting deer until I was about 18, I started when I was 14, but never had anyone to teach me either, I was always hunting alone. I think after 3 years I realized I was just walking through the woods lol. After that, I decided that it was just as important for me to take something away and be a better hunter, as it was for me to find a deer. That being said, now I get one every year, and I think there's a few key things that help me there. Look at your terrain, if its desert, thats easy, focus on food, water, and some cover. Cover being trees, cliffs ect. Deer will always want to put their back to a spot where things can't approach, or won't see them from behind. Find those things, and there will be deer! If there is food and water everywhere, say a forest with openings and creeks, its a bit trickier and you will have to start by finding trails, and an approach might be to catch them when they are going to or from bed or water. I like to hunt the clearings of these types of areas, not the clearing itself per say, but look about 20 feet into the woods on any clearcut, burn, or meadow and you will likely find a trail of some sort! If you cant find a good stake out there, you may hunt the meadow or cut, because for whatever reason, a deer doesn't want to prance right across the opening, but they WILL cut the corners! Imagine a triangle, but they aren't wanting to walk all the way to the tip. Glassing is huge! More than half my deer ive found by finding an area where I can see as much land as possible, and studying it for an hour or more, they are very hard to pick out sometimes, and they seem to pop out of nowhere! One thing I've picked up in the last few years is a gut feeling. The patience thing was easy for me to get hung up on. "Just wait, be patient, your buck is going to pop out any moment tony" . Ive wasted so much time on that! But all the time I would have the gut feeling (brewed by lack of sign, sign I knew wasn't fresh but gave me hope) that I wasn't where I needed to be. Now, I'm not saying dont give those areas a chance, but if you get that feeling, you're probably right! Back to your feet and onto my last point, dont be lazy, we in Washington have to use our boots and earn our deer! I hope this helps ya, I'm still learning

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Re: New deer hunter advice
« Reply #30 on: July 13, 2017, 08:36:10 AM »
If at all possible, try to find an experienced hunter to take you hunting or scouting that has similar or better ethics than you do.

If you have Netflix, binge Meateater and check their videos out on YouTube.  There are lots of good videos on hunting, tactics, butchering, field dressing, and cooking that most other shows on TV do not focus on.

Rinella's book, The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game, is another great resource if you are looking for a good read as a beginner.

Get a good pair of boots and rain gear if you can afford it.
+1 for this.  Also check out Randy Newberg's videos on YouTube. 

I just bought Rinelle's complete guide and have been pouring over it.  It's a fantastic resource and at $21 delivered you can't get a better education:cost ratio. 

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Re: New deer hunter advice
« Reply #31 on: July 13, 2017, 08:51:35 AM »
Pianoman where you hunting at as this new hunter can just hunt there or go with you.

He says he's hunting the NE part, while we are going to be hunting in the SW.  :dunno:
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