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With a dedicated respect to the environment, I understand the importance of being an informed hunter who learns as he goes. I truly recognize the value in how things were done before and how things are done today. Born and raised in upstate New York, I grew up exposed to skilled hunters who taught me the importance of what responsible hunting can provide both to myself, my family, and to the environment. I continue today to work towards refining my craft and finding new ways to practice the time honored traditions that were passed down to me from those who came before.

Top 5 Locations to Find Trophy Sized Deer

One of the hardest challenges any hunter faces is the prospect of having to find a new hunting area. Where do you look? What should you be looking for? How can you best judge the value of one area over another?

The answer to all of these questions is complex to say the least. Deer need the same sort of things we do. They need food, access to water, and some form of shelter in order to feel security and safe from predators. Now this does not mean that deer are living in huts out in the woods, but they may be closer than you think.​

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Effective Ways to Use Natural Smells to Attract Big Deer

It is no secret that animals in the wild have a far sharper set of senses than your average hunter. Deer are especially well adjusted to their environment and are put on high alert the very moment they detect anything out of the ordinary in the world around them. An odd twig snap or some suddenly startled birds is the only catalyst needed to turn a potential target animal into nothing more than a distant memory.

One of the key elements that can cause a deer to stay far from your area is any odd smell they detect regarding you and your presence in the woods. There are certainly some things you can attempt to do to minimize your smell, but there are also other smells you can incorporate that can help to improve your chances of bagging a deer.

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How to Find the Best Spots to Hunt Whitetails

One of the most crucial elements to finding deer when you are hunting is knowing where to look. Just because you saw a deer in a field one day does not, by any means, guarantee that this particular deer will be there again tomorrow or even next week. You may have witnessed a deer striking out on its own from the herd or one that is attempting to avoid a predator.

In each case, the particular deer you just saw may in fact have no connection to this particular field and may not be there when hunting season comes around. If what you are after is an almost certain guarantee of venison in the freezer, you should take a few needed steps to all but secure your prize once the season sets in.​

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Reasons for Changes in White Tail Deer Behaviors

Whitetail deer behaviors can change for any number of reasons. Predators and hunters can force deer to behave strangely as can food availability and weather concerns. If an animal is placed under stress in their current environment, it will surely do its best to either remove the stress or to remove itself from the environment.

One of the greatest reasons for changes in deer behavior is in regards to the shift in seasons. Many deer behave in predictable patters based upon the season. This is an especially important piece of information to consider when not only hunting, but when doing preseason spotting as well.

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How to Effectively and Easily Hunt Skunks

Are you currently interested in hunting small game animals such as raccoon, muskrat, or skunk? These animals all have a wonderful pelt and can become some of the most amazing examples of mounts available. Perhaps these animals are a nuisance in your community and you are looking for a safe and effective way to reduce or even eliminate their population from your area.

Skunk hunting is one of the easiest forms of hunting available today. If you know that you have a skunk in the vicinity of your home, then why risk the hassle of you or a pet walking up on it unexpectedly in the early hours when you want to be on your way to work? Instead follow this proven step by step method for trapping and eradicating them without fail.

Items You Will Need

Bait

Anything with a strong odor will work. Things like sardines and cat food are popular options for use as skunk bait.

Traps

There are many types of traps available today. Two of the most common are:​

  • Live: a trap intended to secure an animal without killing it. Good if you intend to relocate an animal or to hinder its ability to escape until your return
  • Kill: a trap intended to kill an animal either through suffocation or grievous bodily harm

Small Caliber Weapon

Your weapon of choice can be anything small caliber. Remember that skunks are only a few pounds fully grown and the larger the caliber, the more damage to the animal as a whole.

Tarp

Even with the most carefully placed shot, some skunks still have a potential to spray even after death. It is best to wrap them up prior to movement in order to avoid any accidents.

Step One: Location, Location, Location!

One of the greatest aspects of hunting skunks is that most times you almost certainly know where to look for them. Skunks are generally a nocturnal animal and can be fairly active from dusk until dawn. They prefer to live in underground burrows and many times can be found underneath sheds or other outbuildings.

If you cannot see any possible holes that could be hiding a skunk, you might want to test the air. This is one of the best ways to know for certain whether you have a skunk in the area or not. Their smell is very distinct and can travel a long way on the wind.

Step Two: Be Determined

Once you know of a skunk in the area, you must next decide on your preferred method of encounter. If your intention is to shoot them, a simple bait and wait strategy will be highly effective. Most skunks are attracted to the smell of things like cat food, fish, or road kill. Use whatever you may have on hand and be patient.

Standard hunting practices apply for skunks the same as they do for coyotes or deer. Be mindful of your presence in the area and do your best to blend in with your surroundings. The more noise you make, the farther wildlife will be from you. So do your best to stay silent and be prepared.

To learn more about hunting, this article will show you how to hunting your favorite game in 3 easy steps

Step Three: Traps Optional

Before your hunt comes to an end, there is a further option to use traps when hunting skunks. The use of traps employs its own series of challenges. You need to be aware of the traps placement, bait, and location relative to the animal in question.

If you choose to employ traps in your pursuit of skunks, decide which type using the descriptions above. If you are using a kill trap, then the skunk will already be dispatched before you return. If you are using a live trap, there will still be work to be done when you return to check.

This video will show you how the pros use traps to catch skunks.

Step Four: Be Aware

Whether you are hunting skunks on a bait pile or are using a live trap, you will eventually come to a point where you need to dispatch them. It is of great importance here to point out a crucial fact regarding a skunk’s ability to spray. The fact of the matter is that a skunk can spray fairly accurately up to 10 feet, more if spraying in favor of the wind. When approaching a skunk, be mindful of this fact.

Step Five: The Finale

There are a number of opinions regarding the proper place to shoot a skunk. Some say that the best place to shoot one is directly in back of the head at the juncture of the skull and spine. Others claim that a well placed shot to the spine where the hips come together is the better place for a shot. And still others will argue that putting a shot straight through the lungs is best.

The goal here is to kill the skunk as humanely as possible while also reducing the chance for the skunk to spray prior to or after it has been shot. If you are engaged in the act of hunting a skunk, you need to be in acceptance that you will likely have to deal with the spray before long.

In Conclusion

Now that you have read this tutorial, how ready do you feel to go after your local skunk population? Hunting skunks isn’t one of the most challenging hunts you can attempt, though it is by no means easy. You need to remember your position in relation to the skunk and to always be mindful of their potential to spray.

If you found this description of skunk hunting to be of value to you, do us a favor and let us know about it. It is always a plus to share the experience of others and to see some of the other methods people use when hunting. And, if after reading this, you know of a friend who would greatly appreciate the advice here, feel free to share away!

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How To Successfully Hunt Coyotes Even During The Day

Do you have an interest in coyote hunting, but don’t really know how to go about it? Are you under the impression that to be successful at hunting coyotes, you need to solely hunt them in the middle of the night? Does the thought of having to spend nights in the woods make you rethink wanting to fulfill your passion to hunt coyotes?

If you are anything like me, then you have undoubtedly experiences some of these same questions when attempting to hunt coyotes. The honest truth is that you can and should be hunting coyotes during the daytime hours. Honestly, there is no logical reason you should be waiting until the dead of night to begin hunting what you are after. Hunting is always a sport of chance and if you can double your chances for hunting opportunities, you are surely doubling your chance for success.

So what should you take with you when you head out to hunt coyotes during the daytime?

Some of the basic supplies you may need are:

  • Weapon of choice: Any accurate long range rifle, such as the AR-15, can work.
  • Full camouflage: Make sure that every part of your body is covered in order to ensure you blend in with your surroundings. This is especially true of your head and hands.
  • Remote predators call AND mouth call: You can never be fully sure of just what will lure coyotes in, so be prepared with both.
  • A decoy: A decoy can act as a visual lure in conjunction with your calls.
  • Binoculars: You need a good long range set of binoculars to make sure you can accurately identify what is moving from several hundred yards away.
  • Shooting sticks: A basic tripod to keep your weapon accurately aimed where you intend.

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Steps for success when hunting coyotes in the daytime

To have the best chance for hunting coyotes during the day, you should follow the following steps:

Step One: Know where to hunt

  • Do your homework prior to arriving at a hunting location. You should be looking for signs of coyote activity such as scat, fresh tracks, or indications that coyotes may have a den in the area.
  • Pro Tip: Always consider brush covered places near a viable food source, such as cow pastures, as a good place to start when looking for signs of coyote activity.

Step Two: Get in Early

  • Once you have decided on an appropriate place to hunt, make sure to get in before first light.
  • Set your blind up in an area that will hide your overall form while also allowing you a full view of the ground around you.
  • Pro Tip: You want to try to select a spot that forces any coyote to move to the open when responding to your calls.

Step Three: Remain Silent

  • Be as soundless as you can throughout the hunt. Avoid slamming car doors, excess talking, or any other triggering sounds that may alert a coyote to your presence.
  • You want to ensure that your weapon is loaded. The last thing any hunter wants is to lose the prey they have so carefully called due to having to chamber a round.
  • Pro Tip: Always have the safety engaged with a loaded weapon until ready to fire.

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Step Four: Your Scent Matters and so does the Wind

  • Do everything you can to avoid your scent from ruining your hunt. Use whatever means you can to ensure that you minimalize your scent prior to the getting out in the woods.
  • When calling a coyote, do all that you can to remain downwind of where you expect them to be.
  • You should also pay attention to your downwind side, as a coyote will do its best to travel downwind to get a better idea of what prey they may be stalking.
  • Pro Tip: When hunting, you want to be aware of the direction of the wind. Any coyote that is downwind of you will know you are there before you ever see them.

Step Five: Calling them in

  • If you are in an area that is flush with rabbits, you may want to use a wounded rabbit call as opposed to another.
  • Select your call carefully and avoid overuse. Too much can alter coyotes to danger and not to a potential meal.
  • Pro Tip: Pay close attention to the time of year and what animals are present in the area you are hunting. Certain animals will have a greater chance for luring a coyote in than others.

For more information about What does it mean when Coyotes Howl you can read this article!

Step Six: Bagging your Game

  • Once you have successfully called coyotes to your position, take in the full scope of the field.
  • Always check to see if you have a single coyote present or if you have multiple animals on the scene.
  • Once you have assessed the situation, you need to quickly select the easiest target and shoot. If you wait too long, you will lose your opportunity.
  • Pro Tip: It is important to note that you should be ready for multiple shots at both short and long ranges.

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Now that you have read this step by step guide on how to hunt coyotes during the day, do you feel ready?

Every item in the list above is a proven benefit to have with you when you head out to hunt for coyotes. The last thing you need when setting out to bag this elusive game is to find that you don’t have the correct gear with you when you need it most.

So what do you think? This step by step guide will hopefully help you in understanding just how to go about hunting for coyotes during the daylight hours.

If you think this article contains some useful advice, feel free to share it with others. Also, if you have any experiences that you think are of value to others when it comes to hunting coyotes during the daytime, please share them below!

And do you like hunt skunks? In this article I will tell you how to hunt Skunks!​

Guide for Choosing Best Elk Hunting Boots

Buying best elk hunting boots is quite a different experience as compared to buying any other casual shoes. You need them for hunting elks so they must have a lot of special features that can ease your hunting experience. They must enable you to run, walk and hike comfortably. Here we have reviewed some best boots for elk hunting comprehensively to guide you well in choosing the best for you.

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