Whitetails Hunting Tips from the First Lite Pro Staff

There are 30 Million White-tailed Deer in this country...

...but that doesn't mean that killing one of them is a cake walk. To celebrate North America's most popular game animal, here are some tips from the First Lite Pro Staff to help you fill your tag this season.

IMG_9507_600_400 Its important to have multiple stands to select from in varying conditions. Photo credit: Captured Creative.

Knock on doors

 For better or worse, the vast majority of whitetails harvested every year are killed on private lands. With today's burgeoning populations of deer many landowners are more than happy to have a few less on their property. It never hurts to ask.

IMG_6225_600_338 Many landowners are open to having hunters on there property especially if their soybeans or flowerbeds are being nibbled. Photo credit: Captured Creative.

Scout, Scout, Scout

Look for natural food sources, trails, scrapes and rubs. Set up cameras if you have access to them. Have several trees ready to go so that when the weather moves in or the rut begins you can take advantage of variable deer movement. Most of the work of harvesting whitetails occurs before the hunter ever climbs into the stand.

FL_IMG_2571_600_400 Trail cams reveal where and when deer are moving through a given area. Photo credit: Tight Lines and Big Tines.

Work the military crest

Deer tend to walk the "military crest" or the top 2/3rd's elevation line in hill country on the leeward (downwind side) of a ridge, and then will often bed on the points of ridges with the wind at their back. This allows the daytime's rising thermals to create a scent zone that allows the deer to smell what is behind them and see what is in front of them. Knowing these lines and bedding spots, intercept them in the morning or evening.

photo oct 06  7 15 54 am_600_399 (1) Discovering and taking advantage of consistent movement corridors helps put deer on the ground. Photo credit: Tight Line and Big Tines.

Find him, don't push him

When it comes to hunting a mature buck, locating deer while also putting very little pressure on the area is key. Get to vantage points and glass bean fields from long distances, let trail cameras sit for 8-10 weeks without checking them, and treat your hunting land as a sanctuary.

image1 (4)_600_339 Sometimes a vehicle drop off can help in bagging  cagey whitetails. Photo credit: Jon Sutherland.

The drive-by

Whitetails are very wary animals. Walking into the stand can alert them just enough to make them hunker down until dark. One technique is to have a buddy drive you in and drop you off, and drive away. The sound of the vehicle cruising away makes any bedded deer within hearing distance feel the danger has left.

image1 (2)_600_339 Pro Staffer Jon Sutherland with a whacker buck in Kentucky. Photo credit: Jon Sutherland.

That's all for now. From all of us here at FLHQ, best luck in the deer woods!

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