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Early Season Deer Hunting Tactics

Get some early season deer hunting tactics from Blain’s Farm & Fleet and Scent-Lok.

Fall is fast-approaching, and that means some early season opportunities for deer hunting. There are plenty of tips, tricks and tactics out there from seasoned hunters. From scouting out the perfect hunting spot to using the right early season hunting equipment, there’s a lot that goes into early season hunting tactics. Scent-Lok and Blain’s Farm & Fleet are here to break down some early season deer hunting tactics to help you get started.

Early Season Deer Hunting Tactics
From scouting out the perfect hunting spot to using the right early season hunting equipment, there’s a lot that goes into early season hunting tactics. Scent-Lok and Blain’s Farm & Fleet are here to break down some early season deer hunting tactics to help you get started.

Knowing Where to Look

According to Scent-Lok experts, it’s best to scout pressured areas where bucks can find the best cover, or areas that are difficult for hunters to access. The best spots are going to require hip boots, waders and possibly canoe access. Finding these less-hunted spots can be tricky, but well worth it when compared to open areas where bucks are vulnerable. If you have your own property for hunting, setting up a trail camera can help scout out deer patterns, and help you see what’s all in your hunting area.

Calling

Pay attention to what other hunters are doing in a buck’s main living area. It’s possible the other hunters are using calling tactics incorrectly, too frequently, leaving human odor – there are plenty of ways noise tactics can go wrong. Whether you’re using a doe grunt, rattlers or something else, it’s important to use noise tactics in an area where a buck feels secure and calm. His curiosity will only get the best of him if he’s comfortable and not leery of your calls.

Scents & Scent Covers

Speaking of human odors, use a scent cover while you’re out scouting (and hunting). Human odor is a dead giveaway that hunters are near. Scent-Lok has a variety of products for covering your trail. If you’re using attractants or cover scents, make sure they match your surroundings. Scent-Lok experts suggest that some unsuccessful hunters use apple scent where there are no apple trees, or scents that don’t fit a seasonal time frame. This is just another reason it’s important to research the hunting area before you head out.

Every hunter has their own tactics and tricks for a successful hunt. At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we understand. That’s why we carry all the hunting gear you need for a great hunting season, no matter the hunt. For more tips, visit our Hunting blog.

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