Hunting Tip 101: How To Keep Quiet on a Hunt
This weekend you’re going on a hunting trip with your friends. It’s the first one that you’ve ever been on. You know that the name of the game is to stay quiet.
Even the slightest noise will alert the animal you’re tracking. How does one stay quiet when they’re hunting their prey, though? Won’t your clothes create a subtle sound that will drive deer away?
It depends on if you’re wearing the right clothes. Making sure you’re camouflaged isn’t the only thing to keep in mind if you want to have a successful trip. Check out this hunting tip guide to learn more.
Take Things Slow
When it comes to hunting, patience is definitely a virtue. If you move too fast or jump to a different spot too soon, you may alert every animal within your vicinity. That’s why a watch is one of the most essential hunting tools to carry around.
Decide how long you want to stand in one place and keep an eye on your timer. If you haven’t had any luck before the time is up, you can go ahead and move. By giving yourself a quiet goal with a watch, you’ll force yourself to be more patient.
Watch Where You Put Your Tree Stand
You want to be able to get a good view of your prey. You don’t want your prey to get a good view of you. That means you need to be careful about where you place your tree stand.
Once you place your stand, walk around it. If it’s noticeable to you, it’s going to be noticeable to the animals in the forest. You want to set it up around bushy green trees.
Ones that have been stripped of their leaves won’t be able to cover you. If you’re sitting too low, a deer will be able to look up and see you. So, if you’re not getting any luck, you might need to climb a bit higher.
Stop if You Make a Noise
You’re tracking an animal when all of a sudden you step on a twig. You cringe as it snaps in half and alerts the creature. You’re faced with a decision.
Do you keep walking and hope that the animal didn’t notice you or stop in your tracks? If you chose the latter, you know your stuff. The creature will stand and stare in your direction for a hot minute.
If it doesn’t smell you right away or detect any further movement, you might still be in the game. There’s a chance that it will forget the noise and go back to what it was doing before.
Choose the Right Clothing
If you wear a bright yellow shirt when you go hunting, there’s a good chance that you won’t have much luck. You’ll stick out like a sore thumb even if you’re hidden behind a full tree.
You need to be careful about the types of camouflage you wear. If it’s faded, it’s no longer going to do its job. You also have to pay attention to the material of your clothing.
Some fabrics make subtle squeaking noises that alert forest creatures. Blaze orange camo might be the way to go. Deer will be hard-pressed to see you and it’s made with a silent lightweight material.
When you’re tracking an animal through the woods, the question isn’t “will I step on a pile of leaves”, it’s “when will I step on a pile of leaves”?
If you come across this problem, take a series of quick staccato steps through the brush. This is one of our sillier-sounding hunting tips, but hear us out. As long as your footsteps are light, any animal near you will mistake you for a squirrel or some other small woodland creature.
Control Your Scent
Ideally, you’ll place your stand downwind. This way, the breeze won’t carry your scent through the forest and alert any nearby animals. This method isn’t foolproof.
There’s always a chance that a deer will sniff you out. You can buy products that will give you an extra layer of scent protection. There are sprays, soaps, and wipes that will kill the odor-causing bacteria on your skin.
Now, all you have to worry about is your clothes. You’re not sure what to wear while hunting if you want to control your scent.
Just pay careful attention to product descriptions while picking out your camo. Some of them come complete with odor-blocking technology.
Let’s say that you’re standing behind a tree. You notice a deer and go to follow it, but scare it off when you step in a pile of leaves. Get into the habit of moving any forest debris out of the way with your foot.
This way, if you step forward to take a shot, you won’t scare off your prey by stepping in a pile of crunchy leaves.
Mix Things Up
So, you go to a certain tree stand and see really great results. It’s such a productive day that you decide to go to the same tree stand the next day and the day after that.
You may see success a few times when you stay at one stand, but forest animals aren’t the dumb creatures that everyone thinks they are. Over time, they’ll begin to pattern you.
They’ll know where you tend to set up and avoid the area. To stop this from happening, try to go to a different tree stand each time you go out to hunt.
Use This Hunting Tip Guide for a Successful Trip
If you’re not careful during your hunting trips, you’ll scare off more creatures than you can catch. You have to be patient and stay still for a long period of time.
If you find that you’re not having any luck when you go out, try out some of the methods on this hunting tip guide. It may give you the edge that you need.
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