Hunting is a fascinating activity for many centuries. Especially shooting a dear, who moves within the blink of eyes, is challenging and yet more interesting.
Hunting is challenging but not much for the person who has the set of necessary skills, the art of patience, the required promise to abide by the rules, and the sufficient knowledge that this article offers.
How to trace a Deer?
- First of all, choose the area, it can be a legal hunting ground or someone’s permitted private land which has the availability of deer. Their breeding or feeding areas are the most recommended.
- In choosing the time, consider early morning or dusk. It is because that is their usual feeding time and would be most probably spotted at this time.
- For tracking the dear, look for his droppings, dark brown small, jelly bean-shaped pellets, or attentively keep an eye out for a deer. Make sure to stay stationary else your slightest movement would indicate the deer run far away.
- Patience is the key factor. You would need to wait at the chosen area with all your focus.
Where to Shoot?
It is the responsibility of each hunter to practice quick, safe and one time shot that kills. It saves the prey from being hurt miserably. It is not only source of misery for them but it is a waste of time and energy for the predator too.
If you consider yourself becoming an ethical deer shooter, this is what you need to know.
Here are the useful air rifle target areas that you can aim for.
The accurate pin point shot isn’t highly necessary as this target provides enough space. Massive hemorrhaging is caused as result of this shot so tracking the deer with the blood trial is easy in this case.
It might take longer for the deer to die as they aren’t always forced down with this shot,and you might have to follow it with the blood marks. Secondly, there is chance of survival in the case the shot just affects one of its lungs.
In this shot, it dies instantly and moreover there is minimum meat loss.
But brain being the tiny target, there is the possibility of missing the shot or wounding the prey by the jaws.
This shot would create a huge shock to the vertebrae and spinal cord followed by the death of the deer. There is very little meat loss.
The vital area on a neck shot is quite small. It may wound a deer and may require a second shot or throat slit to finish the job.
- High shoulder
It kills the deer with an ultimate shock.
From the shoulder through the neck and upper back strap, it damages a lot of meat. Plus, it’s easy to miss high when aiming here.
Things to Know; Avoiding mistakes
Either it’s the antlers of the buck or a glimpse of the doe which caught your attention, be sure to understand the following points before you are set to hunt.
- Learn more and get sufficient knowledge once before you decide to step in the ground.
- Know about deer body language, it guides you when to move and when not to.
- Be proficient at your weaponry skills, be it air rifle for hunting or brow, not only for the successful hunt but being a ethical hunter.
- Understand deer use of property and move accordingly.
- Neither be too panic nor delay too long to shoot.
- Quitting practice would quit your game at finally hunting.
- Wait enough at one place but don’t stick there if it does not produce results. Get up and move to find a different place to hunt.
- Find the deer in thickest places as they have higher probability but hunt at the edge so that you can see and get a shot at deer when they move past.
- Be mentally ready to deal hunting pressure.
- Don’t be afraid to shoot multiple times, or enable air rifle multi shot.
Wild DEER have been classified as a “game animal” in NSW under the Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002 (the Act). Game animals are the wildlife animals that are recognized to be hunted legally. These are birds and mammals which are useful and found in abundant population.
How difficult is your deer to hunt?
Deer are found on all continents except Australia and Antarctica, and various species have been introduced beyond their original habitats as game animals.
Hunting deers in the Southeast have been ranked the toughest to hunt because of factors including the thickness.
Northeast, Northwest, Southwest, Midwest are ranked 2nd,3rd,4th,5th respectively for toughest deer hunting.
Certain regulations and Prohibition of Deer Hunting
New Hamisphere Hunting Digest mentions the following as unlawful.
- Killing any deer with antlers less than 3 inches
- The use of 100% salt products as bait for deeper hunting
- The participation of more than 6 people in a joint drive for deer
- Leave a deer in the woods without notifying a Conservation Officer within 12 hours as to the location and reason for not removing the deer.
- Hunt a deer with an air rifle