Whitetail Hunting Hagerstown MD
Accuracy For The Whitetail Hunter
When you only practice under ideal conditions, it's easy to be lulled into thinking you are very proficient with a bow. The conditions you'll face when hunting will certainly be different than the conditions at the shooting range. Your accuracy and maximum range will both be adversely affected by weather, excitement and other factors. Before the season starts, you need to assess your ability and your limits in real hunting situations.
Be honest with yourself. Do you really practice the shots you will be called upon to make this season? Probably not. So, try to get away from easy practice sessions and work on realistic shots. Not only will this improve your basic skills, it will boost your confidence.
Get Off The Ground
Three Must Make Shots For Rutting Whitetails
The whitetail rut brings its own set of shooting challenges.
The whitetail rut brings its own set of shooting challenges. The pace of the action can be fast and the shots very unpredictable. Most of the deer follow trails early and late in the season, but during the rut, a buck can pass your stand in any direction, at any distance, at any time and at any speed. You have to prepare for every imaginable shot.
The Short Ones Are Trouble
Short shots are also tough because the angle from your stand to the vitals is often severe, especially if you are higher than 15 feet. A deer's vital area is almost as wide as it is tall, but that doesn't mean it is just as accessible from above as it is from the side. From a treestand, you have to penetrate a thick mass of bone a...
Top Tactics for Bowhunting Whitetails Near Ditches
Setting the Perfect Ambush Walk the length of each ditch in your hunting area. You should find sections where the banks are steep and sections where they're gradual. Focus most of your attention on the ditches that are steepest and deepest. Note the places where deer cross them. Ideally, there won't be very many crossings. Each one is a potential stand site.
Now, you have to decide which crossings to hunt. First, examine the landscape to figure out how the wind will flow. Typically, it will swirl anytime it blows past a protected area or dead pocket of air. For example, when the wind blows over a ravine, it will swirl because the air in the ravine isn't moving as fast as the air above it. Anytime you hunt an area with swirling winds, you are taking a big chance of burning out your hunting area. You may get lucky and tag a nice buck when the wind is just right (I've gotten away with it a few times). But more likely you will get busted by everything in the area because your scent is being washed in every direction.
If you plan to hunt an area more than once, you have to avoid situations where you can't control your scent. And taking it one step farther, you need to avoid hunting in areas that are protected from the direct flow of the wind. That doesn't leave a lot....