Deer Hunting on Bare Ground

The first thing I need to decide: Where do I go? Second: How many people do I want to make up the party?

The most important question to resolve is where to get to. Click Chapter 37 to find your answer.

Now for the crowd. One person who doesn’t suit may be ruining a perfect trip. I suggest small parties, and not more than four. Two make a great band.

In the past, two of you made a good hunting party when you relied on a friend to figure out where you were and help pull the animals out. Nowadays you can more effectively hunt solos with cell phones and better communication.

The next thing you have to decide on your camp after trying to make up your party, and where to go. Are you going to use a tent, a lean-to, an old logging camp or a standard Sporting Camp?

The athletic Camp is the most comfortable and the least hassle, but due to too many hunters sometimes the hunting is not so good.

Choose one whose operators are prone to smell, if you want to hunt from a sports camp. Waking up to bacon and eggs is good but during your search you don’t want to smell like bacon and eggs. Search for lodges whose meal preparation and serving facilities are different from the ones where you keep your clothing.

The next question is: How do you chase? I recommend hunting with a small party yet as driving is out of the question. I know driving in the southern states is fairly successful but not in Maine. I still consider the most successful method of hunting both on bare ground and on snow. You are standing a chance to get a good shot near camp early in the season. The best hunting, no matter the season, is early in the morning. The first thing to do is figure out where the wind is going. Move in your hands, with the water. Walk slowly, pause periodically, take in all the terrain around you and always be able to shoot hard.

Look for fresh signals and try to follow your path but keep the wind in your face wherever possible.

The first day, or two, don’t hunt too long. Return to camp by 10:00 a.m. The worst time to hunt is the middle of the day. If you find fresh signs in the area of camp, go out again at about 2:00 and sit down in a spot where you have a good view and an open place to fire.

No doubt our perception of time has changed. Outdoor people hunted for days at a time in the day of L.L. Today, if we can search for some hours, we ‘re lucky. I love hunting early in the morning and early in the evening but I will hunt whenever I can if my time is limited.

If it’s a beech-nut year you’ll do well to bring on the ridges of beech in a lot of time. Looking for nuts, you ‘re very likely to notice where deers have pawed over the beech leaves. Step along quite slowly and you can see quite a lot. When it’s a warm, clear day stay close to the ridge edge where hard wood and black growth meet. Sit down so you can see some space looking through the wind if you notice fresh signs. If you’re not sure about wind direction, wet your finger into your mouth and keep it over your ear. The side which feels cold is from where the wind comes.

Your hair. And your hands. Walk slowly, pause periodically, take in all the terrain around you and still be able to fire hard.

Look for fresh signals and try to follow your path but keep the wind in your face wherever possible.

The first day, or two, don’t hunt too long. Return to camp by 10:00 a.m. The worst time to hunt is the middle of the day. If you see fresh signs in the area of camp, go out again at about 2:00 and sit down in a spot where you have a clear view and an open spot to fire.

No doubt our perception of time has changed. Outdoor people hunted for days at a time in the day of L.L. Today, if we can search for some hours, we ‘re lucky. I love hunting early in the morning and early in the evening but I will hunt whenever I can if my time is limited.

If it’s a beech-nut year you’ll do well to bring on the ridges of beech in a lot of time. Looking for nuts, you ‘re very likely to notice where deers have pawed over the beech leaves. Step along quite slowly and you can see quite a lot. When it’s a warm, clear day stay close to the ridge edge where hard wood and black growth meet. Sit down so you can see some space looking through the wind if you notice fresh signs. When you’re not sure about wind direction, wet your finger into your mouth and keep it over your ear. The side which feels cold is from where the wind comes.

Looking for signs on burnt land and where lumbermen have worked if there are no beechnuts. Deer browse on tiny shoots of hard wood and raspberry bushes. Each time you notice signs keep a close watch and walk where you are not going to break twigs. Deer’s eyesight is weak but they have a very keen sense of hearing and scent. They ‘re notorious for scenting or recognizing you and running off before you see them.

When you cut a deer and find blood don’t get him rushed. Please tell your partner. Sit down waiting for the deer to lie down and to stiffen. But, if you get him in the afternoon before you are obliged to leave for camp, as it may storm during the night and wash out the trail, if possible.