Whitetail Hunting Newark DE
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Dick's Sporting Goods(302) 738-8322
The Ski Bum(302) 454-9829
Tutor Time(302) 292-3529
491 South Harmony Road
Christiana Country Club Professional Shop(302) 738-4573
16 Haines St
Dick's Sporting Goods(302) 477-9577
Brandywine Towne Center
Spallco Car Truck & Van Rentals(302) 368-5950
South Chapel Street
Shapton International Corporation(302) 235-5682
39 Winding Hill Drive
Bike Line(302) 368-8779
212 East Main Street
Action Event & Rentals Inc(302) 366-0749
8 Mill Park Court
The Art Of Stalking Whitetails
Still hunting for whitetails is, I'm convinced, a matter of character. No one technique is more effective than another, rather, some hunters are better suited to one style than another and so they're more adept at it.
For instance, I can't sit still long enough to let my morning coffee cool. Ask me to sit still in a tree stand for more than half an hour and I'll have whittled every branch within reach down to toothpicks. Because of this restlessness, I've never done well hunting from a tree stand.
Similarly, while rattling, calling and a number of other techniques can be extremely productive for others, they do little for me.
I still hunt because the technique suits me like a favorite wool sweater. And, in the three decades since I stumbled across my first living, breathing whitetail, I've refined, modified and tweaked my skills to the point where still hunting has become second nature. The fine tuning process continues, because there's something to be learned from every encounter with a wild, smart whitetail, but these days, I enjoy whitetail hunting more than ever before and that's saying a lot.
In large part, that enjoyment stems from the gratification derived from every successful outing, gratification counted not just in the number of deer tagged, but also in those passed up. During the first two decades of my three decades as a deer hunter I made all the classic mistakes of a greenhorn -- I sat up past midnight arguing the virtues of my favorite calibers, I hunted in clothing ill-suited for the conditions, I relied on a basic sense of direction to keep from getting lost and I counted on my young eyes to spot whitetails, no matter how far. And I took the first legal whitetail that crossed my path, certain that it would be my only chance of the season.
But once started, the learning curve takes a steady and steep upswing and, with it, the number of whitetails encountered. Taking the first legal deer is no longer critical because it is likely not the only one spotted during the course of an outing. During the course of the last decade or so, I've come to the conclusion that successful still-hunting depends, in large measure on technique, but also partly through pre-season preparation and partly through being properly equipped. Leave out any one of these elements and the two others are compromised as well.
For the bowhunter, pre-season practice is an acc...
Whitetail Hunting Primer - 20 Things Every Deer Hunter Should Know
Most of us cut our teeth deer hunting. The fact is, whitetails are favored among sportsmen because they are abundant, accessible and a challenge to hunt. North, south, east and west, hunters of all ages pursue this enchanted ungulate each fall. Despite the wealth of information available in all sorts of media - whitetailed deer remain among the most mysterious animals known to hunters; and if you're fortunate enough to take a true trophy of the species well, that's an accomplishment. From biology to strategy, following are 20 things every deer hunter should know before entering the woods.
Often Invisible/Sometimes Vulnerable
This is the time of year when bucks are keeping an eye on the does and assessing where they should focus their breedi...
Whitetail Scents & Sensibility
"Always hunt into the wind" - Sage words of wisdom, this is perhaps the single most important tip any neophyte hunter learns at the outset of their hunting career. Deer rely heavily on their sense of smell. So it stands to reason that if we're to avoid detection, we should use the wind in our favor. Combine this with the appropriate use of scents or scent-blockers, and you're off to the races!
We've all experienced them; foiled hunts in which the deer we were after maneuvered downwind. By positioning themselves in the path of moving air currents, they capitalized on their most keen sense. Suddenly alerted to impending danger, they made a quick exit before we could take the shot. It was as though they hit an invisible wall, not only deterring them from their intended course, but repelling them altogether.
As a whitetail guide and outfitter, I'm frequently asked if I use commercial scents. As a rule, I offer this qualified response.
"Yes, I believe some work. Whether by chance or circumstance, I've witnessed the magnetic attraction of estrus scents firsthand. I believe cover-up scents and scent-eliminators have some value as well. However, I think any scent or cover-up that is incorrectly used, either too frequently, infrequently, or at inappropriate times and places, can actually repel animals."
How's that for a diplomatic answer!
An Acute Sense of Smell
A whitetailed deer's sense of smell is many times greater than that of a human. Deer are capable of detecting odors at long distances, even hundreds of yards away, that we humans can't even identify at close range. Case in point, some hunters suggest that their clothing doesn't have an odor. A bold statement made by those who meticulously clean and store their hunting garb in sealed boxes or bags. Despite our best efforts, humans smell. To a deer, we small bad! More to the point, I'm not just suggesting we have a unique aroma. No, in fact, to a deer, we literally stink. Translated, that stink means just one thing - danger! Acknowledging this fact is the first step to solving the problem.
Given that we smell, we've come full circle. We have two options: the first is to use wind and thermals to our advantage; and the second is to use commercial scent or scent blocking products to combat our foul odor.
Using the Thermals...