How to Spot the Deer and Hunt Them

by : rhusain

Some mistakes which the hunters do are that they always wait the deer in the places they were eating previously. In this article you will learn that the deer can eat in various places. This is because their foods are seasonal and they have similar foods to what the sheep and goats eats. The deer changes their feeding places according to the availability of foods. One of the many things that a hunter should know about deer is their feeding habits and the food, which they eat. A deer, like any animal, needs to eat to live. The hunter who looks for these animals in an area where there is no food available is wasting his time.

Deer resemble sheep and goats in the food, which they eat. Like goats, they like the coarse fibered plants and bushes. Like the sheep, they prefer the broad-leafed plants and weeds to the narrow-leafed grasses. They like many cultivated crops as well as many berries, fruits and nuts. Most of their foods are seasonal. This is the reason why it might not be wise to look for deer in the same place they were seen feeding a month previously.

Every year we hear people remarking about the ability of deer to know when the hunting season is about to open; how they leave their usual haunts at about this time. Yet people never seem to realize that the hunting season is usually preceded by several frosts that kill vegetation upon which the deer have been feeding and that they are forced to change their location in order to find sufficient palatable food. Of course, the rutting season and the presence of bird and rabbit hunters in the woods at this time of year have an upsetting effect on a deer's nervous system; nevertheless, the change of feeding grounds is the most important reason for their change of location.

It is not necessary for the hunter to know each and every plant and bush that deer eat, but it is desirable for him to know what the most abundant and palatable deer food is during the hunting season. This varies from place to place and from year to year and must be determined in each place and in each season. Here in Maine, when we have a beechnut year, most of the deer abandon other food and flock to the beech ridges.

Deer even travel several miles from their home range in search of this food and, if not disturbed by hunters, do not always return to their home range between feeding periods. On other years, they depend on acorns, apples, browse and plants that have not been destroyed by frost. There is no hard and fast rule that can be used, but careful observation on the first day of a hunt should give a man some idea of what the deer are feeding on.

What deer eat is not as important as when they eat it. Most hunters know that deer feed twice a day, night and morning, but many men waste a lot of time watching feeding areas at a time when there is little chance of a deer visiting them. I have seen deer feeding as late as nine o'clock in the morning and as early as three o'clock in the afternoon, but this is unusual and it is a waste of time to watch these places between these hours except in times of inclement weather. Deer seem to be very weather-conscious and will sometimes feed just before a storm and sometimes during a light warm rain. They seldom feed during a bad storm unless they are feeding on browse in a heavily wooded area that provides good cover, such as a cedar swamp.

Traveling several miles to search for food can change the locations of the deer. They vary from place to place and year to year. So before going for hunting for the deer, you must be aware of what kinds of food do they eat and where can you find them and in which seasons of the year. This will definitely help you to locate the deer better.