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“How to Predict Deer Movement” Day 1: Know Your Hunting Area’s Deer

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Editor’s Note: Two ways of bagging a buck include luck, which is a factor that a majority of hunters in many areas depend on solely, and experience—knowing the buck, his movement patterns, his behavior patterns, and what causes him to move from one place to another. Being able to predict deer movement is an important trait of the hunter who bags a buck year after year. Only a small amount of guesswork is involved in this type of hunting. The sportsman takes a set of given facts, studies the terrain, the available food, the deer’s mating habits, and the weather in his region, correlates them with deer signs he finds where he’s hunting, and comes up with a hunt plan that logically will put him in a position to see and have the best odds to bag a buck on any given day he hunts.

The hunter’s mind is the ultimate weapon. Like an onboard computer, an outdoorsman feeds in data; the information is processed between his ears, and the answer to where the buck probably will show up on any given day is fed out and put into the outgoing box of his intellect. Let’s look at the factors that are fed into a knowledgeable hunter’s brain and see how he comes up with hunt plans that consistently pay off in venison.

To be a consistently successful deer hunter, you must adopt the philosophy that scouting is far more critical to hunter success than shooting. The effective hunter will spend 80 percent of his time in the woods scouting and trying to determine where and when a deer should show up, and only 20 percent of his time in an attempt to take a deer. Less-knowledgeable hunters will spend 80 percent of their time wandering around in the woods or sitting on a tree stand because they find a few deer tracks or some droppings there. Then these same people will only spend 20 percent of their time trying to predict where the deer will show up.

However according to avid, successful deer hunters, the most important deer tracks to the hunter are the ones the deer is standing in when the hunter’s ready to shoot his gun or his bow. As evidence of this fact, in most sections of the country, you’ll find or know several consistent hunters who seem to always bag their bucks within the first 2 hours of the opening day of deer season. Although luck plays a role in their success, if you question them closely, you’ll learn that before the season has opened, they’ve spent days and weeks studying the deer, picking their stand sites, and paying close attention to the details that result in successfully arrowing a buck.

Dr. Robert Sheppard of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, a longtime deer instructor at several deer hunting schools, says, “There are no shortcuts. To regularly take deer year after year, you have to spend more time scouting than you do trying to shoot a deer. There are three major times for scouting that will consistently pay off in deer year after year for the hunter. These three scouting times are before the season, during the season, and at the end of the season.”

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Tomorrow: Predict Deer Movement During the Season

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