Maine Hunting Forums banner

Modus Operendi

3498 Views 4 Replies 4 Participants Last post by  sremington
Do you sit all the time when you go deer hunting or move about-still hunt?
Have you tracked your successes with different methods to know which has been most successful for you?
1 - 5 of 5 Posts
I hunt using a variety of techniques. Depending on conditions, I may use one or all of these techniques on a given day.

Tracking plays an important role in my deer hunting, especially when there is snow. Even if I don't see the deer I'm tracking, I learn a lot about the terrain and the habits of the specific deer I am hunting. Depending on how fresh a track is, I may choose to follow it or I might instead do a "perimeter check". By walking the perimeter of a certain block of woods that a track leads into, I can often narrow down the deer's location. When I have done that, I will either stillhunt through the area or set up in a likely ambush spot and do some calling.

On really windy days I spend most of my time stillhunting near bedding areas. Deer's senses area less effective on days like these, which makes them perfect for stillhunting. Also days with a light rain, or possibly with wet snow falling from the trees are excellent for this style.

When I am not tracking or stillhunting, I hunt from natural blinds. They may be just a stump surrounded by cover, or sometimes I make a blind out of natural materials. I use dead sticks to make a "framework" , then fill it in with brush and leaves. My favorite spots are on the edge of thick bedding cover, near a funnel or trail intersection where big bucks are known to travel. I usually will do some calling every 30-45 minutes.

I may use one or a combination of techniques in a day, usually I let my intuition guide me. The most important part of my strategy is to never give up!
See less See more

If I didn't already know, I would have guessed you probably hunted in Maine. Deer are not that plentiful and you have to learn many techniques to be successful. Thanks for sharing.
I stand hunt almost exclusively. I do a little still hunting during gun.
I used to like to sit a lot at remote locations, but learned that I saw more deer when I moved slowly through the woods. :wink:
1 - 5 of 5 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.