4 Tips for Whitetail Deer Hunting

4 Tips for Whitetail Deer Hunting

Deer Hunting is considered the outdoor passion of America. It is not only a great source of outdoor activity but is also a cultural phenomenon where storytelling hunters share their successes and failures.

Deer hunting can be exciting and challenging due to the fact that deer can be found in different settings. You may find them in hilly or flat areas, land which is relatively plain or of agricultural nature. As such deer hunting is a complicated game and requires serious know-how of not only the terrain but also hunting techniques.


Among deer, whitetail hunting is considered more exciting and ubiquitous in nature. Whitetail deer hunting is also popular due to the fact that it is a widely distributed animal across the US. To have an exciting and successful whitetail deer hunt you need to learn some skills.

So, if you are planning to go hunting for deer, here are some tips for you:


1. Strategies vary during the year

A strategy for hunting deer during the rutting season may be different from the usual strategy for hunting before the rutting season begins. There are several methods that apply across the board. Learn about the terrain first before you plan for the expedition and learn from the people who have experience. It is also a fact that deer roam different terrain under different seasons. In the US especially, States like Flordia, Kentucky, Illinois, and Kansas have different deer hunting seasons. You need to plan according to the terrain or place where you are going to hunt.

2. Prepare yourself

Great hunters always prepare in advance and plan ahead. Always get local information about the terrain ahead of time. Once you identify your hunting fields, its time to start preparing.


Hunting guns, caps, jackets, ammunition, water and of course your best hunting boots all need to be with you. Without proper gear and hunting boots, you are not going to sit for the long period of time it takes to wait for the kill. Make sure you always have the right equipment with you before you embark on your hunting journey.

3. Learn where to find the deer

Deer are found in funnels, ridges, creeks and swamps. You can walk specific deer routes too. Finding the waterholes in the deer routes can be one of the easiest ways to find them. Walking along agriculture tracts is another simple way to locate them. When they go into fields to find food, they normally take a route which runs between two fields or connects them.


While navigating the terrain make sure you have a smartphone; or you can use any of the best survival watches for quick and easy navigation of the area. Having GPS enabled devices or watches are critical for safety, especially in an unknown terrain.

4. Take a shower and perfume yourself

It is a fact that deer do not like human odor and can easily be spooked by it. Good hunters always take a bath before going out in the field and also use deodorants and perfumes. You should make sure that you are clean and smell good otherwise you may fail to find a single deer. Also, try not to contaminate your hunting clothes or gear along the way.

Deer hunting is challenging and it is not for everyone. If you want some thrill, excitement and you love to go out and connect with nature, you can follow above tips for a more successful hunt. Make sure you don’t overhunt and do not disturb the ecosystem of nature. Just go for enjoyment and use this as an opportunity to connect with nature and understand how animals live.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.


3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.


6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.


9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.


Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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