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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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 December 13, 2018

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

1. Eat Before Heading Out

First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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2. Select The Treats

Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

3. Avoid Skipping Meals

Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

4. Drink With Moderation

It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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5. Be Active

You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

6. Get Out Of The House

Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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8. Set Realistic Goals

You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

9. Enjoy Yourself

Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

10. Drink A Lot Of Water

This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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11. Eat Less And More Often

Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

12. Prioritize Your Workouts

Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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