Understanding deer behavior will certainly increase your chances of success when it comes time to hunt them, so you should spend as much time as you can learning about them well before the season starts. While that seems like an obvious statement, it is surprising how many hunters head into the woods with only a fraction of the knowledge they need to be successful. Sure, some of those people get lucky and end up with a deer, but in order to consistently succeed, you need to understand the animals you hunt.
In this day and age there is so much information available on pretty much any subject, including deer hunting. If you get outdoor magazines like Field & Stream or Outdoor Life, my two favorites, you know that about three months before deer season, each issue is loaded with information on deer hunting. The important thing to remember is that there are a ton of people who write about deer hunting, including me, so don’t ever take one person’s opinions for absolute fact. That is not to discredit anyone, but what one person observes may not necessarily mean it is repeatable deer behavior. For example, if a deer runs towards the sound of a rifle shot, that may be because he was confused by the echo of the shot, or maybe the bullet impacting a rock as it missed him. I may write about a particular thing that I experienced, but because deer are wild animals, there may have been another factor that I was not aware of which affected my experience.
However, there are many things about deer that are well known and documented. In my writings I like to share information that not everyone knows, things that might be of interest. I especially like to appeal to young outdoors people just learning, or to people who may be new to outdoor activity and have an interest. My main goal is to share knowledge and build interest. As long as there is interest and awareness of our wilderness and wild animals, there will be people who want to make sure they are still around by the time my grand children are old enough to hunt and enjoy the wilderness.
There is a lot to write about deer behavior, which I will be doing in future articles. I still have much to learn myself about hunting deer, it seems like an endless trough of knowledge is out there to be devoured. My quest for knowledge is magnified by the chance to hunt a true trophy area this fall by using my 16 preference points for deer here in Colorado. I want to make sure I know as much as I can on that hunt, it will likely be a once in a life time hunt, so I need to make the most of it.