Bow Hunting for Whitetail Deer Essay

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Bow hunting for whitetail deer is both a challenge and a passionate sport for me. One challenge comes when you want to hunt whitetails and cannot find a place to hunt. Every hunter has been in this position at one time or another, for whatever reason. The good news is there are places to hunt locally, if you have the patience and knowledge to do so. The areas that I want to talk about are state-owned game areas. These public hunting areas can be crowded, over hunted, and in effect can produce some pretty smart whitetails. Bow hunting on state land can be frustrating, or rewarding if some simple tactics are followed.
If you are going to hunt on public land, then the first rule one has to follow is to get off the beaten paths. Most
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Another idea is to check for any neighboring farms adjacent to the public land for other food sources. Farms adjacent to public land, especially if not easily accessed by other hunters are a prime location.
Scent elimination is absolutely crucial when it comes to hunting whitetails on public land. A deer’s best defense against predators is their nose. Some studies suggest that a whitetail’s sense of smell might be 10,000 times more sensitive than that of a human (Humphrey, 2008). Since archery hunting requires getting close to deer, attention to eliminating human scent should be meticulous. A hunter’s body, clothes, boots, undergarments, and accessories should all be carefully and meticulously cleaned and sprayed with scent elimination products. Your clothes should be cleaned and then inserted into very large Ziploc type bags. Outer garments should be put on when arriving at the hunting location, and taken off and put back before leaving. During pre-season scouting and preparation in the field, you should use scent elimination procedures as if one were hunting.
The hunting stand should be hung at least four weeks before archery season opening day. Make sure that you and your stand are scent free by using scent elimination products. The first weekend before opening day you should plan to be in

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