While whitetail deer hunting has always been a popular sport, an increasing number of people have become interested in the last few years. If you are new to the sport and planning an upcoming Texas deer hunt, you may naturally feel a bit of apprehension regarding how to get started. Oftentimes, you will find plenty of information regarding advanced hunting techniques, but if you are just getting started and the upcoming season will be your first time to hunt, you need info on the basics. The tips below are designed to help you get started and nab a trophy whitetail deer during your first hunt.
Regardless of whether you plan to hunt on your own land, public land, a private property, or you are planning a trip to a ranch, it is important to make sure you spend as much time as possible in the field. The more time you spend in the field, the better prepared you will be when the time comes. Spend some time scouting so that you become familiar with the movements of deer and the times of day when they tend to be most active. One of the great things about technology today is that you can often tap into a variety of tools to make the process of scouting much easier, including topographic maps that can give you a good idea of where deer may be most likely to appear, such as near water sources.
Make sure you are prepared by bringing a sufficient amount of food and water with you and by dressing appropriately. Many experienced hunters find it beneficial to dress in layers. Even in Texas, it is often cool in the morning during hunting season. Dressing in layers allows you to remove unnecessary clothing as the temperatures warm up during the day. You also need to make sure you wearing comfortable, waterproof boots that will keep your feet dry and protected. The more comfortable you are, the better prepared you will be to stay the course and stay in the field until that deer hunt enters your crosshairs.
Spend as much time as you can shooting during the preseason. You absolutely must be familiar with your weapon. The preseason is an excellent time to improve your skills while also learning what your gun is capable of doing. One of the most important things you can learn is how to accurately judge distances while in the field.
Finally, consider asking an experienced hunter to provide you with a few tips. A mentor can prove to be beneficial in any sport and hunting is no different. You should be pleasantly surprised to find that the vast majority of hunters are always willing to welcome a new member and give them advice. By working with a more experienced hunter, you can learn to develop excellent habits and correct mistakes that could cost you the opportunity to tag a deer during your first hunt.