Top 10 Deer Hunting Mistakes

The best way to learn how to hunt deer, is by paying attention to other hunter’s mistakes and deer success stories. While there is an endless supply of deer hunting tips online, in print and on cable TV hunting shows, I have experienced that if you learn what NOT to do first, it will really help narrow down your hunting efforts. Are you ready to take your deer hunting efforts to the next level? Then make sure that you avoid these top 10 deer hunting mistakes…

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  1. Dr Dwg on March 13, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    Dude looks like a discount Sean Spicer!

  2. Fred Bartlett on March 13, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    Mornings r the best for me and I’ve hunted 45years play the wind

  3. goofyfoot2001 on March 13, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    We need a channel on taking deer in the city without anyone being the wiser

  4. Delvis 78 on March 13, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    My first year hunting (2020) has been a complete bust! Next year, I am gonna set up a couple "natural" blinds and spray them with the scent blocker I use regularly. Hopefully it will acclimate them to the smell and i will actually SEE a deer next year!

  5. 5050 ODDZ on March 13, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    Hunt just outside city limits, wear blue jeans and a white t-shirt and smoke a cigarette sitting at the base of a tree that you got to while it was still dark. Human smells already overpowering everything. Just be still and You’ll get a buck EVERY YEAR. GUARANTEED…. DONE IT THE LAST 6 YEARS. GOT THE BIGGEST BUCK IN TOWN EVERY YEAR. IN LINDEN N.C. ,BEHIND THE POST OFFICE IN A DITCH. JUST SEEN THE ANTLERS. WALKED OVER, HE JUMPED AND TOOK OFF. I WATCHED WHERE HE WENT. NEXT MORNING I WAS WAITING. 👹 (Right where he went into woods across the street 100′ from road and city limit sign. No shit. 11 pointer with a 3.5 Xtrema double oo buck. That was ’08. Just know what deer want,need , the route they mostly travel, look for funnels…Google earth works great. And use surroundings ie* barking dogs, houses, roads. AND STAY QUIET. EVERY TIME, YOULL BAG YOUR LIMIT. There are ALOT of deer that got smart and stay close. ALOT Got to a point to where if I show up at the spot and I’m decked out in camo…the guys joke and ask me, ," you ain’t trying to kill a deer today??" lol
    BUT, THAT SAID. KNOW YOUR SURROUNDINGS AND WHAT YOUR SHOOTING AT B4 YOU SHOOT OFCOURSE.

  6. TUFF10-4 on March 13, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    The way my family hunts is sitting in a chair with a gun the way i like to hunt is walk around stock my prey and shoot

  7. Mittie Jackson on March 13, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    Hunt them in a pen like Keith 🤣 warren and his daughter.

  8. Merkules 7.62 on March 13, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    I agree tracking too soon is a mistake but dont leave deer overnight. You want those guts out asap. Also coyotes will have your deer where I live if you let it lay.

  9. Almond Snackbar on March 13, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    If you plant enough light pressure land mines. You always get a buck. Eventually.

  10. Jason Keefer on March 13, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    Funny how little of this applies to Oregon blacktails.

  11. Joe Tairei on March 13, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    I’ve watched this video three times and each time I learned something new. Thanks for sharing your wisdom!

  12. Fox Outdoor Supplies on March 13, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    has some good points

  13. Matthew Thompson on March 13, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    Around here, if you don’t recover your deer & leave it out in the field or woods overnight, the coyotes will have it eaten by the next morning.

  14. randumbvideoz 524 on March 13, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    i don’t use tree stands don’t like being up in them i hunt from high banks beside people steal tree stands

  15. Joseph P on March 13, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    I ride atvs to my stand on 40 acres, I hunt the same stand every year, Ive never thought about scent, I tag out every single year

  16. Robert White on March 13, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    We have deer around here that walk around in our front yard like they are pet dogs they don’t care what you smell like they don’t care where you are you drive up there come to your car I don’t know i’ll is wh

  17. Thomas M on March 13, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    I have to hunt on Public land in Lower NY state as many of the private property land owners do not allow hunting. YOU do not have the luxury of always being able to hunt a spot you scouted. Any advice?

  18. Ellen Tinline on March 13, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    ,,

  19. THOMAS MILLER on March 13, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    What if you can’t hunt in different stands and don’t have much land

  20. David Mccall on March 13, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    I’m from Scotland and the deer here are culled, you seem to have a never ending supply of deer and with deer hunting being so popular in the states.

  21. Eric Gunnison on March 13, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    3 hours is my max sit a whole day isn’t in the computation. If you leave the blind there all year, it’s like how deer walk by old cars and buildings. They don’t see it and never come back. You set it in the middle of a field before gun season, I see this driving, that’s completely different.

  22. Joseph Dodd on March 13, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    I have hunted on the ground for years and had a young 5 pts and a doe come right up to me and almost sniff my boot. I was in a thick cover area. I always wondered did they not just smell me or what?

  23. Leo Adkins on March 13, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    Lmao i have 80 acers

  24. Michael Crouch on March 13, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    You must love feeding coyotes if you wait until the next day to find a deer.

  25. Tristen Weems on March 14, 2021 at 12:00 am

    For new hunters, don’t get discouraged. You don’t have to have 12 different stands to hunt out of. That’s a lot of money. This past year I shot 2 bucks out of, I shit you not, a treehouse from the 80s that was torn down, put on stilts maybe 15 feet, a hole cut in the bottom with a makeshift ladder going into it. It’s painted all white, with knocked out windows. In a clearing looking over a plot where we threw seeds out by hand. No spray, No camo, we wore jeans and regular jackets, no special anti scent soap, no hunting boots that are sprayed down and left outside, just cowboy boots. And this huntin house/tree house 😂 gets used every single day during deer season. Morning and evening. Sometimes all day. Every season everyone gets their limit before deer season is over. We had snacks, and drinks, and even a propane heater burning on full blast. The way he’s talking about is the best way/most efficient. But don’t think you have to do this or you won’t get a deer. We hunt for meat anyways so it doesn’t matter.

  26. Kaitlyn Dunn on March 14, 2021 at 12:03 am

    You are so informative and useful and practical and really offer info for better experience ! Thank you very much

  27. CMAenergy on March 14, 2021 at 12:04 am

    One piece of bad advice you have given
    You said wait until the next day if your not sure, etc. if the deer is supposedly shot. and didn’t drop within a visible range etc.

    But unfortunately what your doing if the deer or any animal dies prior to you arriving late,
    You have a very good chance of the blood coagulating in the meat,
    You just ruined it, As your not supposed to eat meat with the blood in it.

    I agree wait say 15 to 30 min before you go to track the animal, if you did not hear it or see it fall.
    At least if you bleed it out before everything sets up, Your meat will not spoil,

    The blood contains the life of the animal, it has to come out,
    And another big mistake that a lot of hunters make, is they do not remove those sent glands on the hind legs,
    They need to be removed asap, and make sure you clean the knife used before you do any more cutting.
    Personally I don’t like your Yankee way of hunting, It’s a lazy mans way,
    It is much more pleasurable to stock the animals and learn and watch what they do,
    You will learn more then in any tree stand,

    I also got the impression you were boasting of how you hunt, That is an ungodly way to live,
    It’s called arrogance and pride.

  28. m singleton on March 14, 2021 at 12:04 am

    Scent elimination soap will remove skunk smell off your dog😳 It’s great for all kinds of problems

  29. Fishing Guru on March 14, 2021 at 12:07 am

    Good video 👍

  30. jbilly24 on March 14, 2021 at 12:07 am

    That hinge cutting looks like a disaster. I’ve been in forest management for 20 years, and I cringe when I see this method being "taught". There is absolutely no reason to make this god forsaken mess. Just cut the small trees down, and girdle the larger trees. The goal is to get more sunlight to reach the ground. If you do that, nature will make a nice dense understory without the hideous look of hinge cutting.

  31. Kurt Theis on March 14, 2021 at 12:10 am

    Who taught you my secrets?

  32. Randy Perfecto on March 14, 2021 at 12:10 am

    Good stuff sir thank u

  33. Daniel Frederick on March 14, 2021 at 12:11 am

    My first year this season, never had time because of wrestling but now I do cause of obvious reasons lol

  34. sbtoolman12123 on March 14, 2021 at 12:12 am

    i took out 3 doe with one shot .They totaled my 2013 corolla.But the officer handling my "hunting excursion" could not stop telling me how he thought they were "exceptional athletes".Sorry i did not share his enthusiasm.

  35. Tommy Wilson on March 14, 2021 at 12:13 am

    I love liberals and guns.

  36. Douglas Arrington on March 14, 2021 at 12:15 am

    Have you ever been to Virginia ,I live in the mountains I own 80ac I’ve tried to manage my place. My problem is buck are gone when hunting season comes in?

  37. Dennis Odle on March 14, 2021 at 12:16 am

    I have hunted for 26 years the last 20 or so on public land l used to drive myself crazy trying to figure out how to get on big bucks but l finally came to realize it that no matter what you do or what the so called pros say folks deer hunting is 96 percent luck l don’t care how long you have hunted or how much you know no matter what you can’t kill a buck or doe unless that deer comes by you on the day your setting in your stand the other 4 percent is being good with your weapon having time to hunt having some understanding how deer move an last hunting areas that hold big bucks cause not every place has big bucks this is just my opinion!

  38. ray stone on March 14, 2021 at 12:17 am

    if its scent elimination spray how come we smell it?

  39. manlystyleunder50 on March 14, 2021 at 12:17 am

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  40. J Sybo on March 14, 2021 at 12:20 am

    Just try to keep all the hair off……that’s the biggest thing. Butchering 101😁

  41. ryan wolfe on March 14, 2021 at 12:21 am

    Im sorry but 10 seconds in you are seeding. Not sure I can learn much here.

  42. Frankie Dontas on March 14, 2021 at 12:22 am

    This is great info, love your channel because I am new to hunting. I’m 51 and always wanted to get out and bow hunt and I finally can do it. Thanks again

  43. Ray Bacon on March 14, 2021 at 12:23 am

    No way I always shoot my deer 10 minutes before dark every year I have never killed a morning deer

  44. M Tennant on March 14, 2021 at 12:24 am

    Thanks for sharing this valuable information. I feel it is really informative and useful. There is one thing that I adamantly do not agree with that seems to becoming more of a practice and that is "waiting until the next day." I do agree with backing off for a few hours and even until after dark, but I do not agree that anything should be left overnight. The majority of the time people wait for the next day is because it is not a great shot. A gut shot deer sitting overnight is not a good thing for meat recovery and many will argue that the meat is no good after siting overnight when gut shot. Secondly, leaving an animal overnight exposes it to predators for longer than necessary. I can’t tell you how many times someone I know let a deer sit overnight only to have it destroyed by coyotes by morning. Are you going to eat that deer after coyotes picked it apart? Think about that. To me, anytime a hunter let’s a deer sit overnight they are indicating that they are not in it for the meat, but only for the trophy.

    A better option in my mind it to back off for an hour or two and (before you actually go hunting) invest in a handheld thermal for tracking [following state guidelines]. This allows you to track and spot before they jump up and run. I have used method this on multiple occasions because it allows you to see if the deer is dead or sitting upright. If it is sitting upright, then sit your ass down and wait… might be a long night before it dies, but that is the price you pay for a poor shot and you owe that to the deer (or whatever it is). Not only does this enable you to monitor the deer and be there when it dies, but your presence will deter things like coyotes from getting to it before you.

    Otherwise, I really enjoyed the video and the information you shared. Thanks again!

  45. P-Dawg on March 14, 2021 at 12:24 am

    I was hunting my brothers 88 acres in KY and the first day, being unfamiliar and not sure I’d find his stand I drove the ATV within 100 yards, that was Sunday. I saw several 4 point bucks about 40 yards off to my right and a six point 100 yards in front of me but held off shooting the 6 that day, I just don’t shoot a buck with 6 or lower points. If I shoot the 6 he is magnificent. I didnt go back to that same spot until Thursday morning but this time I parked the atv about 1/2 mile away. I was in the stand by 05:52 and downed the 8 pointer at 07:46 using my Stevens .270. He went right down and lay still after about 2 min. It was a good 82 yard shot.

  46. The Maucks on March 14, 2021 at 12:25 am

    We must be spoiled here in Texas. We hunt (kill) in blinds over feeders. The deer here are very dumb, they hang around even when you are out with a fresh kill. We hog hunt the same blinds and the deer just hang out no mater how much noise you make. Our first doe we shot at missed she ran off then came right back, 2nd time she was not so lucky. Good luck everyone, love getting out there, we now do this as our yearly anniversary trip.

  47. Mittie Jackson on March 14, 2021 at 12:25 am

    Your just making money 💰 off people

  48. ethan ulmer on March 14, 2021 at 12:27 am

    What do you think about ozonics?? Thanks

  49. Kevin Tuerk on March 14, 2021 at 12:28 am

    What’s your thoughts late season? I’ve read that it’s better to sit evenings vs mornings?

  50. Google User on March 14, 2021 at 12:30 am

    I have had good success hunting in the same stand from sun up to sun down but only when its my first time, maybe 2nd time in the stand for the year. Ive seen big bucks step out at about noon and graze for a half hour before going back to cover. But where i live i usually see them about an hour before dark.

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