Deer hunting can be a frustrating proposition at times. Sometimes even if the hunter does everything correctly and by the book, the deer just won’t cooperate. Other times there simply isn’t time to scout and choose a stand. Many hunters find that life over-complicates things and that the only choice is to hit the woods for a couple hours at less than ideal times. Regardless of whether you can’t use traditional deer hunting methods or they simply are not working, here are 3 odd ways to deer hunt that just might fill your tag when more tradition deer hunting tactics have not. While no method of hunting is foolproof, I have used all 3 of these deer hunting tactics successfully.
The first odd ball tactic is to hunt right by the road. This doesn’t mean driving around in you truck, but rather taking stand near the road. At most hunting camps, the hunters park and walk or ride four wheelers back into the woods to hunt. This means that deer might learn that areas near the roads and parking areas are relatively safe. Looking for areas where deer cross well used farm roads and even public roads. Take a stand that is a safe (and legal) distance from the road and see what happens.
Deer in farm country as well as areas with active mineral and / or timber production quickly become used to some human activity in the woods. If all else fails, instead of trying to sneak along and still hunt through the woods, simply go for a stroll. If you are not presenting yourself as a predator deer will often pay little attention to you. Once a deer is spotted do not look directly at it until you are ready to shoot. I once spotted a deer feeding in an unapproachable area as it was getting dark. The deer was just off to the side of a farm road so I grabbed my bow and quickly walked down the road. The deer watched me approach with little concern. I drew the bow while still walking, turned to face the deer, stopped and filled my tag.
The next odd ball tactic is to drive deer to yourself. Look for small patches of woods and brush where deer may bed down. Don’t bother trying to still hunt the area, but rather pick an approach that allows you to see well and simply stroll on in. An ideal place to try this is on small brushy hollows that run up hill to a clearing. Deer will often exit the brush into the clearing and stop to look back. The hunter needs to be ready to shoot quickly when the deer hit the opening. Another way to drive deer alone is to use rocks or sticks thrown into ravines or hollows to run out deer.
The most important deer hunting tip is to be hunting whenever you can. Regardless of how poor the situation you can only fill the tag when you are hunting. Hit the woods and see what happens.