Step out, take your gait easy to walk, before you reach a new track. Walk straight on until it starts to zig-zag, then you have to stop, look and listen. Mr. Deer hunts for a spot to lay down. Now continue serious hunting. Move slowly, and be always in a shooting spot. See you don’t have snow in your sights or in your gun chamber.
When you get a standing shot, go to the fore shoulder with a very good target when possible.
If you come on to running tracks instantly you can walk as quickly as you want before deer starts walking again. Then slow down and search for tracks with zig-zag. Just keep a close eye on both sides of the tracks as other deer sometimes come in from the road.
When a deer starts browsing remember the wind direction. When you don’t have the wind in your face, start spinning so you can get it in your ear. If you waste your time chasing a deer which can smell you before you see him.
Knowing the way to wind is always the best advice to treat the smell. We could do whatever we can to de-scent ourselves (special apparel, breathing drips, etc.), but the most important thing is to face the wind, whether you are tracking deer or chasing from a tree stand. Set up several stands of forest, so you have choices depending on how the wind blows.
The snow should be smooth, dry and fluffy for successful hunt. If the snow is crunchy beneath your feet or frozen and crusted, decent deer hunting is worse than none at all.
It takes a little practice to identify the difference between fresh tracks and old tracks, but if snow falls during the night and you’re out early in the morning it’s pretty clear that if there’s deer in the area, you’ll find a fresh trail.
I wish I could track deer on bare ground, but I don’t have the time. Today most successful hunters are using stands for tree. Place tree stands near where the deer feeds, bedds, or ruts. It’s because I double my chances that I try to find where their paths intersect.