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Top 5 Ways to Miss Your Deer by Marty Prokop

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There are five main reasons deer hunters miss deer when they are deer hunting.

1.) Not sighting in your deer rifle before you go hunting.

This sounds pretty basic, but year after year some deer hunters refuse to go to the rifle range to sight in their deer rifles.

They may figure, “Well, it shot straight last year when I put the rifle away.”

Regardless of how straight your deer rifle shot when you cased it up at the end of season, go to the range and sight it in again for the next season, preferably several times before deer season arrives.

Why?

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Posted by Marty Prokop at August 18, 2008 09:00 AM | Questions and Comments (0)

Is Day Dreaming Costing You Your Big Buck? by Marty Prokop

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Most deer hunters have the best success, and bag more deer, during the first two hours of each deer hunting day.

Why?

During the first two hours of a deer hunting day, the deer hunter is focused on getting a deer. He/she is constantly looking for, listening for, thinking about and concentrating solely on seeing deer.

As time moves forward, some deer hunters begin to let their minds wander from deer hunting. This results in the eyes and ears of the deer hunter missing crucial sights and sounds in the deer hunting woods.

When the mind wanders, a deer hunter must continually stop and re-focus on deer hunting to bring the mind back on track.

Looking and listening for deer becomes harder and harder as the mind wanders further from deer hunting.

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Posted by Marty Prokop at August 15, 2008 09:00 AM | Questions and Comments (0)

Good Deer Hunting Guns for Deer Hunting Thick Woods by Marty Prokop

 

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I have been asked by numerous free-deer-hunting-tips.com Members what the best gun is for deer hunting in thick woods.

If you deer hunt in an area that has thick undergrowth and lots of smaller saplings, you need a gun that is quick to shoulder and has enough power to bust through the brush.

Here is a list of guns and calibers I use:

• 30-30

• 12 gauge shotgun with rifled barrel

• 30-06

Let’s look at each one.

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Posted by Marty Prokop at August 11, 2008 09:00 AM | Questions and Comments (0)

Is Your Deer Hunting Rifle Shooting Straight? by Marty Prokop

 

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You are at the rifle range sighting in your deer hunting gun. You take a three shot group. You notice the first shot is a bit off from the other two shots.

You take three more shots and find the grouping of bullets very acceptable. You pack up, head home, clean your deer rifle and wait for deer season to open.

Opening morning of deer hunting season arrives. You take a shot at a big buck at the distance you practiced at the range.

At the range you were holding a two-inch group.

Today somehow you miss.

Was it deer hunter’s error or buck fever perhaps? Or was your gun shooting off target?

Let’s look at this.

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Posted by Marty Prokop at August 8, 2008 09:00 AM | Questions and Comments (0)

Fun and Easy Way to Test Your Long Range Shooting! by Marty Prokop

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You have been diligent in practicing your long range shooting skills at the rifle range. You are able to consistently shoot a 3-inch group at 250 yards. This is great shooting and is an important step towards deer hunting accuracy, but this shooting is under a semi-controlled environment.

Think of this.

How many times have you had that big buck in front of you while your deer hunting rifle was in a gun vise or propped up on shooting bags on a shooting bench? Never happens.

Here is a fun and easy way to test your long range shooting skills out in the field.

Your targets will be one-gallon plastic milk jugs filled with water. Add food coloring to the water so you can see a difference in color from the water to the background.

One gallon plastic milk jugs are the perfect target at long ranges as they will be comparable in size to the vital heart/lung area of a deer. So save milk jugs.

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Posted by Marty Prokop at August 4, 2008 09:00 AM | Questions and Comments (0)

Can Wind Affect Deer Rifle Accuracy? by Marty Prokop

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There he is, Mr. Big, the big buck of a lifetime, out 200 yards in front of you.

You have practiced at this range and are quite comfortable you will make a good, solid hit.

You take aim, BANG!

The buck runs off.

You walk up to where the big buck was standing and find nothing. You search the area for hours looking for any sign of a hit and still nothing.

You wonder, “How could I have missed that shot?”

The wind!

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Posted by Marty Prokop at August 1, 2008 09:00 AM | Questions and Comments (0)

How to Use your Air Rifle for Deer Hunting Success by Marty Prokop

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You know the more you practice with your deer rifle the more comfortable you are when you are out deer hunting.

It would be great if you could be out at the rifle range at least once every week practicing for deer hunting season. But, not all of us have the opportunity or luxury to have a full fledged rifle range in our back yards.

The solution? The modern air rifle.

Today, modern air rifles sport the look, feel and weight of many deer rifles. Many are surprisingly accurate at close ranges. Modern air rifles are a perfect choice for deer hunters, who do not have the ability to shoot a deer rifle at home, to get plenty of shooting practice.

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Posted by Marty Prokop at July 28, 2008 09:00 AM | Questions and Comments (0)

Perfect Practice Makes Perfect Deer Hunting! By Marty Prokop

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Knowing how to really handle your deer hunting rifle … fast and safely … is paramount to your deer hunting success.

Think about it. Most good shots at deer happen in only seconds.

Seconds are all you need, if you know how your deer hunting rifle handles.

Perfect practice makes perfect deer hunting. Notice I said PERFECT PRACTICE, not just practice.

At least once a week, all year long, take your deer gun off the rack. Always make sure your deer rifle is empty.

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Posted by Marty Prokop at July 25, 2008 09:00 AM | Questions and Comments (0)

Waterproof Your Deer Hunting Rifle by Marty Prokop

 

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You clean and oil your deer hunting rifle; spray it with one of those silicone gun waterproofing sprays.

But what happens if you are deer hunting in a steady, all day rain?

The waterproofing washes off.

That’s right.

Even the silicone based waterproofing spray can wash off in a steady, all day rain.

So how can you protect your gun from the rain?

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Posted by Marty Prokop at July 21, 2008 09:00 AM | Questions and Comments (0)

4 Steps for Successful Deer Scouting by Marty Prokop

 

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One of the very best ways to increase the odds of you seeing and shooting more deer is by scouting.

Think of deer scouting as having four main steps.

1.) Choose good deer hunting property.

It sounds pretty basic, but many deer hunters take whatever deer hunting area they can get.

Learn about the land you consider hunting.

Ask some of the locals about a certain piece of property before you buy or lease it. Talk to people at the feed mill or even the local postal employees.

I did this. The mail carrier, barber, farmer down the road and feed mill guy all told me about the big bucks running across the road out of the property that I hunt.

So ask around.

Check with the local DNR and ask them about deer populations on or near the land you consider hunting.

2.) Learn the contours of the deer hunting land you are considering.

Purchase a good topographic map of your deer hunting area.

Look at the map and make notes where you might find food sources, watering holes, natural funnels and potential bedding grounds once you are out scouting.

3.) Head into the woods searching for deer sign.

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Posted by Marty Prokop at July 18, 2008 09:00 AM | Questions and Comments (0)

Following Deer Tracks that Seem to Disappear

 

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You found a huge set of fresh deer tracks and decide to start following them to see if you can catch up to the deer that made them. All is going well, until the tracks seem to disappear.

Did the deer vanish into thin air?

Did it magically sprout wings and fly through the forest?

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Posted by Marty Prokop at July 14, 2008 09:00 AM | Questions and Comments (0)

Deer Tracks: Are You Following a Buck or Doe? By Marty Prokop

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A while back I wrote a free-deer-hunting-tips.com Newsletter and blog post about following deer tracks.

A free-deer-hunting-tips.com reader asked me how a deer hunter could tell he was on the trail of a buck or a doe.

It is my experience that even if you are following big tracks, obviously made by a big deer, that deer could be either a big doe or a big buck. Yes, I have seen some very large doe deer especially offspring of big bucks.

I have followed more deer tracks since I wrote that newsletter just to see if additional experience would show me something different. Here is what I found.

Following Deer Tracks

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Posted by Marty Prokop at July 11, 2008 09:00 AM | Questions and Comments (0)

Recovering Your Deer After the Shot

BANG!

Your shot was well placed. You expect to see the deer not far from where you took the shot.

After waiting 20 minutes, you climb out of your deer hunting tree stand and walk to where you took the shot.

You see a good blood trail. You start tracking being careful not to disturb the blood trail.

As you continue following the trail it seems to almost disappear. You look a few feet ahead and off to the left and right and still see no deer.

You are puzzled. Where could it have gone?

“It was a great hit,” you rationalize as you replay the shot through your mind.

This happened to me in a past deer hunting season. I shot a huge doe at less than 50 yards with my 12 gauge. Normally, at close range with a 12 gauge slug, deer have dropped in less than 50 yards.

So what did this doe do?

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Posted by Marty Prokop at July 7, 2008 09:00 AM | Questions and Comments (0)

“9 Top Deer Scouting Tips that Deer Don’t Want You to Know About!” by Marty Prokop

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Every successful deer hunt begins with great scouting.

Sure you hear the occasional story of the guy who stumbles into the woods, plops down on a log and shoots a nice deer. But how consistently does that guy score big?

To really increase your chances at a big buck every year, use these 9 Top Deer Scouting Tips.

1.) Start scouting EARLY in the year.

If your work schedule will allow, start your deer scouting by mid-summer.

When deer season ends, start looking around for deer signs you may have missed earlier in the year.

Write this information in a deer hunting journal. Use this information when you start scouting and deer hunting the next year.

2.) Learn everything you can about your deer hunting area.

The internet is a huge resource for topographic maps.

Make sure your scouting time includes online research of your deer hunting area. Learn locations of ponds, bedding areas, food sources and natural funnels. Use this information to help you pattern deer movement.

3.) When you are scouting look for DEER SIGN not deer.

Looking for good deer sign is quicker and easier, and you will see more. If you spot a deer consider this a bonus.

4.) Don’t over do it.

Spending too much time wandering around a deer hunting area is not a good thing. You can leave too much human scent in the area, which could cause big bucks to shift their patterns.

5.) WALK through the woods looking for deer sign instead of riding your ATV or driving your vehicle.

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Posted by Marty Prokop at June 6, 2008 09:00 AM | Questions and Comments (0)

Finding Early Season Deer

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In my free-deer-hunting-tips.com Newsletter  and blog posts I write about one of the most favorable spots to set up your deer hunting tree stand during early season overlooking food plots or well-used deer trails. These spots can indeed be good, but don’t over look other great feeding areas.

During early deer season you may want to find a good stand of white oak trees. White oaks, unlike red oak and black oak, drop acorns more readily. White oak acorn nuts are not as bitter as those from red and black oaks.

When white oaks have good acorn crop, target these areas. They will draw deer. Deer will use these heavy acorn producing trees year after year.

Make sure you do plenty of pre-season scouting to help you locate if and where your deer hunting woods holds white oak trees.

When scouting for white oak also look for areas with lush grasses, vines, wild grapes and wild fruit trees such as apples and plums.

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Posted by Marty Prokop at June 3, 2008 09:00 AM | Questions and Comments (0)

 

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