Editor’s Note: Nationally-known deer seminar speaker, avid deer hunter and my longtime friend, Ronnie Groom of Panama City, Florida, owned C&G Sporting Goods for 60 years. He’s faced this problem of how to get a buck within range often in the areas he hunts. He uses these tactics, which work well for bowhunters and/or gun hunters, to funnel deer into their stand sites.
Many deer hunters are accurate shots from a tree stand. Other hunters are superb woodsmen who identify feeding and traveling areas. But being able to locate deer and then arrow or shoot those deer are only two-thirds of the requirement for taking deer.
To get a shot, the deer must come within bow or gun range. Of course, stand position is important. However, often deer will walk through an area that has no well-established trails to hunt over.
Or, there may be two or three trails coming into a region with no way to determine which trail is the best one to set-up on to bag a deer. These kinds of situations occur frequently when hunting places with high deer populations.
How to Use the Five-Trail Tactic with Tree Stand Hunting
When the white-oak trees begin to drop their acorns in the fall, deer will concentrate under these trees to feed in the South where Groom primarily hunts. But when there are five trails coming into a feeding spot, how does the deer hunter know which trail to set up on to bag a deer?
“Careful scouting will reveal that even though five trails are coming into a feeding area, there only will be two trails that the deer are using most often,” Groom explains. “So, I try to pick one of the two most-used trails for setting up my stand – if I’m looking to arrow any deer, regardless of sex.”
“Next I must funnel the deer off the trails I’m not hunting onto the trail I am hunting. To cancel out trails, I’ll hang a hunting coat about eye level to a deer on the trail where I won’t be.”
“Deer are naturally wary, and when they see that coat and smell my human scent on it, they’ll usually funnel off the trail they plan to utilize onto the next-best trail. Also, to delete the lesser-used trails, I’ll lay a limb or some brush across those trails. Although deer can jump over the brush, they always tend to take the path of least resistance. They’ll generally walk around the brush and onto the trail that I plan to hunt.”
Use your hunting apps like HuntStand, onX Maps and DeerCast or your hand-held or phone GPS or a hunting journal to make note of the trails.
Tree Stand Hunting: Gear Recommendations
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