We are one month closer to another exciting and hopefully eventful whitetail hunting season here in Missouri. Hopefully, the tips from last month have inched you closer to being more successful this fall. In review, we talked about trail cameras, food plots, and weapon maintenance. Take a look if you didn’t get a chance to read it! With time on the short side, it’s time to take action in getting prepared even further to ensure that the things we can control go in our favor.
Honing the Shot In
By this time of year, we should all feel comfortable with our shot whether it be archery or firearm. Surely everyone has shot their weapon at least once by now, right? If not, you’re behind, but not too late. make it happen. If you tell me “I haven’t touched it since last year, it should be fine” then I’m going to adjust your optic to unknown location so you have to dial it in again. Too many things can happen during the course of a hunt or a year. We bump into things, get caught in brush, drop our weapons, etc.
The desired distance is completely up to the shooter. Just be sure that the distance you sight your weapon matches the terrain you are hunting. Do not anticipate having an accurate shot on a deer at 200 yards away if you are only sighted at 50 yards. It just won’t happen. If you are in a tree with your bow and the deer trail or food plot is 45 yards away but you’re only sighted at 20 yards, then you’re going to be disappointed. Whitetail deer are tough-ass animals. A lousy shot could potentially just hurt the animal and you would go home empty-handed.
Rules and Regulations
Things are consistently changing within conservation. Between national, state, and local entities it seems that something is always on the move with rules and regulations. Now is the time to peak at your Department of Conservation app or their website and ensure you are up-to-date with the latest guidance. I have even called to get clarification a few times because as we all know some of the language used is very vague. I’ve had nothing but an open conversation when I call. Missouri has a phenomenal website in my opinion. Easy enough for an old man or a young child to navigate. Check it out here.
Outside of the general laws we abide by while hunting, understanding the law of the land for the property you hunt on is also a must. Whether it be certain times you can enter or exit public land, the private land owner doesn’t want more than 3 people on his land at once, or understanding what time the sunrise and sunset are. These are the small details that could really throw off the plan you had for your morning hunt. Although a perfect plan nearly never comes together, you still want to strive for that.
Location, Location, Location
Do you know where you are hunting? First, we want to know the property boundaries we are hunting on. This is imperative for public and private land. Second, we want to know a general location on the map where we think or know that traffic will come through during whitetail season. And lastly, what tree are we going to put a tree stand in, or what flat ground are we putting a ground blind on? Knowing these details we require some knowledge of the land. The knowledge I don’t believe comes from just looking at google maps. Get out to your hunting spot. Understand your blind spots, how the wind shifts in certain areas, and evidence of whitetail deer being in that area.
Next month is the start of bow season in many states. make sure your gear is prepared, shot in on the point, and tree stand is up! Its going to be an exciting season this fall.