1. Calling deer in the rut - During certain phases of the rut, some calls will actually drive deer away from your location and not towards you. Understand what calls work at the right times for best success.
2. Using scent during the rut - Much like calling deer, there are some scents that you should not use during phases of the rut. The scents are more likely to drive bucks away from a location and not into the area you are wanting.
3. Scouting the rut - The most effective way to hunt during the rut is to do your scouting beforehand. Learn the travel patterns by picking a new location each day and scout for a week at a time. Each day, be sure to actually note what you observe, and mark your GPS accordingly.
Doing basic research and understanding how calling and scents can impact your hunting success will make a major difference in your season. Prepare, and you will be rewarded.
What can go wrong when using dogs to hunt whitetail deer?
• Dogs work as hard as their human owners when hunting other animals. This involves running at high speed over rough terrain. The potential distance covered during one such chase can be as long as a thousand acres which can cause a lot of fatigue and injury to the dog.
• Many a times during hunting chases, dogs have been shot by mistake by hunters or property owners. The latter has happened when a dog lost in chase has entered the premises of a stranger.
What are the conditions imposed for allowing dogs to help during hunting?
There is a minimum area availability required to allow dogs to accompany hunters on a whitetail deer hunt chase. This can be as large as a thousand acres. For this reason many hunters have had to stop using their best friend to help them hunt.
Dogs put in as much hard work while helping their masters hunt whitetail deer as the hunters themselves. Hence, it should be ensured that they receive adequate treatment and care before and after the hunt in order to maintain their health. This includes food, vaccination and exercise.
How Does it Work?
Hunters place themselves at strategic positions and tip off each other regarding the course taken by a deer on the run. The dogs on the approaching end of this run are set off by their owners to chase the animal before they hunt it down.