Deer Hunting for Beginners

If you're interested in beginning to hunt deer, start with this introduction to the basics, from tips on choosing a place to hunt to illustrated steps for dressing your kill.



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Learn to sit quietly and pay attention, and you will get deer.
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Look for deer tracks to find out where deer are traveling in your hunting-ground.
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Practice from positions you'll actually use when you're out hunting.
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Use your topographical map as a sighting log.
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A few walks in the woods should turn up deer sign such as droppings, if deer are in the area.
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Deer Hunting Simple Tree Stand
Your best whitetail deer hunting method will be to sit down and stay put. Set up a tree stand, like this one, or simply park yourself against a big trunk with the wind in your face.
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If the deer is facing at an angle away from you, the usual rule is to shoot through the deer toward the opposite shoulder.
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Wait for a shot that you're sure you can make, then go for the high-percentage heart-lung area.
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Use a sharp, thin-bladed knife to "core" around the anal opening so that you can grasp and pull it out far enough to tie it off with string, to prevent feces from escaping.
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Cut around the sex organs using shallow cuts to avoid piercing the bladder or intestines.
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Cut around the bladder until it is loose, then carefully remove it without spilling the contents.
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Use both hands to work the innards out onto the ground.
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Deer Hunting Protect Intestines
Cut slowly, using your hand to hold the viscera away from the knife to avoid puncturing the intestines.
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Reach up into the chest as far as you can and sever the gullet and windpipe.
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Deer Hunting Carry Deer
Transport your kill in the back of your truck or van, or wrapped up in a tarp inside the trunk, rather than strapped to the hood.
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