“#1 Deer Hunting Mistake You Must Avoid at All Costs:Discover how just 15 minutes can help you bag big deer and more of them”

by Marty Prokop.

There you are. It’s deer hunting opening morning at 8:05 am. You hear the crack of a twig off to your left. You squint, looking into the brush, seeing the outline of a buck deer.

The buck deer takes a few more steps; you catch a glint of sunshine bouncing off a big deer antler.

You raise your deer hunting rifleand wait for what seems an eternity for the buck deer to step out of the underbrush.

There he is...Mr. BIG.

A quick count reveals a typical 16-point buck deerwith a rack base as large as a soup can. If he’s not a world record, he’s certainly a big trophy buck. The buck deerof a lifetime!

“Marty Prokop asks, ‘Do You Make This Deer Hunting Mistake?’”

He’s 10 yards from you now. You can hardly take it.

Your heart’s pounding. You swallow hard. You sink a little deeper behind the root ball you’re sitting on.

You ease the safety off your deer hunting rifle so the big buck deer doesn’t hear the “tell-tale” click that assures him a deer hunter is near.

You put the crosshairs on the deer’s shoulder. Hold your breath and squeeze the trigger.


Your mind spins, “What the... did I forget to chamber a round after I got in the deer blind?”

You place your deer hunting rifle on safety quietly sinking into your deer blind. You quietly open your deer hunting rifle receiver.

There is a round, maybe a bad one. You notice the firing pin didn’t strike the primer.

You chamber the second round making sure your deer hunting rifle action is tightly closed and in full forward firing position.

You quietly rise up over your deer blind.

Miraculously the big buck deer has not moved and is looking away.

With your deer hunting rifle in fire mode and crosshairs lined, you pull the trigger.


“What the heck!”

You double checking your deer hunting rifle again. Three is a charm. Crosshairs lined, safety off…CLICK!

Damn the luck, you think, along with other choice words. Now you’re just plain mad. You put the deer hunting rifle on safety. The big buck deer is now looking your way laughing at you. You throw an unfired shell at him, hitting his back side.

The buck deer swaggers off lifting his white tail to flip you the “ha-ha” bird, walking into the bush, never to be seen again that season.

By now you want to wrap your deer hunting rifle in a knot around the nearest tree. Then it dawns on you that you forget to give the action on your deer hunting rifle a good cleaning before deer hunting season.

This actually happened to me. See I did clean the actions and oiled all the moving parts, but I didn’t totally disassemble the action of my deer hunting rifle.

Now, the action of my deer hunting rifle wasn’t totally gummed. It needed a fresh, light coat of oil inside. Now, I have my deer hunting rifle cleaned by a certified gunsmith at least once a year.

Marty Prokop asks, “What About You...”

Clean your deer hunting rifle or deer hunting shotgun thoroughly at the end of each season. Coat all parts with light, clean oil. Disassemble the action. If you are not comfortable doing this, find a certified gunsmith.

At least once a month pull your deer hunting rifle out and clean it again especially if you live in a dry, dusty or a humid climate.

The periodic cleaning just may keep the big buck deer of a lifetime from walking off into the bush.

Good luck and great deer hunting!

Marty Prokop


About Marty Prokop

Deer hunting expert Marty Prokop reveals closely guarded deer hunting secrets on how to get deer every time. Get his Free Deer Hunting Tips Newsletter, free deer videos and free online deer hunting game at Free Deer Hunting Tips.com

Marty Prokop has 24-years experience deer hunting, processing deer for deer hunters and venison sausage making .  Marty Prokop teaches deer hunting, hunter safety, deer processing and deer sausage making classes. Marty Prokop has processed 7,805 deer, field dressed 422 deer and made over 991,990 pounds of sausage, smoked meats and jerky. Marty Prokop worked with Minnesota DNR programs. His deer hunting videos are used in statewide advanced hunter education classes. Marty Prokop is a successful speaker, outdoor writer and published author.

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