How to Have Deer Encounters All Season Long

Few things are more frustrating than making sits during hunting season without seeing deer. So how can you ensure you always see deer? Steven Fuller gives us his tips to stay in a target-rich environment.

The first key to seeing deer consistently is to be flexible and adaptable. You really need to make sure that you aren't putting yourself into a routine that is predictable, and the prediction is not seeing deer. Maybe that means moving stands, or changing properties, but if you want to see deer, you have to be willing to make changes with the circumstances dictate that course of action.

So how do you know what is happening in the woods so you can adjust? That's where the trail cameras come in. Monitoring what is going on either with cellular or non-cellular cameras lets you adjust to what the deer are doing. Obviously, cellular cameras get you the best information the quickest, so when they start keying on new food sources, or rut activity picks up, you can know right away.

The worst thing you can do is just get stuck in habits that don't pay off. Sitting the same stand every hunt, taking the same path to get there, and never switching it up lets the deer pattern you as much as you are trying to pattern them.

Small properties have their own issues when it comes to trying to be flexible. Moving stands on 200 acres is pretty easy, but what about on 10? It's not that you can't make adjustments, but you may have to get more creative to try to see deer more often during your hunts.

At the end of the day, if you want to see more deer, more often, the best thing you can do is keep an open mind, and when you sense something isn't quite working, make an adjustment.

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