If you like, you can hunt the same stand every day. Last year, we shot 27 deer from one of our club stands. That was with 9 people hunting it at least three to four days a week. The season lasted about as long as it usually does, so you can see how many deer you could have harvested if you were willing to put in that much time and effort.
Of course, not everyone is willing to spend that much time in one place. Some people prefer to switch up their hunting spot each time they go out, while others will travel around looking for new places to hunt. Either way, you should only shoot as many deer as you can eat before the season ends, but if you find a good place to hunt often, you could easily fill up on meat before then.
The number of animals you harvest is called your take. If you took a single shot at every deer you saw during a legal season, you'd probably end up with more than enough meat to meet your needs. But since most people don't kill everything that passes before them, they need a way to account for the other animals so they don't run out of food before the season is over. The easiest way to do this is by bagging all of your kills and reporting them to a check-in station when you file your license application.
This is the most important piece of information from the McCoy research. Bucks will avoid a stand once a week for three days on average. That means if you want to keep hunting downing bucks, you need to rebuild your stand at least once per season.
The study also found that bucks were most likely to visit a stand more than twice in the early morning or late evening. So if you want to increase your chances of seeing action, go after dawn and dusk when it's cooler and less likely to see any danger.
Finally, the study noted that bucks tended to visit stands that weren't being used regularly. So if you want to catch some big bucks, make sure you're active on stand selection day!
These are just a few of the many findings from the McCoy Research. If you read only one article this season, make sure it's this one. The research proves that watching deer use trails and sign is how you find good spots to hunt. Only by spending time in those areas can you identify patterns that will help you next year and beyond.
Now that you know more about building a successful stand, get out there today and enjoy some great outdoorsmanship!
A typical deer hunt lasts three hours. It begins with opening shots at close range and can end up any which way from there.
The time it takes to harvest a deer varies depending on the hunter's skill set and what kind of deer they're hunting. A seasoned hunter could take out a mature buck in under an hour, while a novice might spend all day trying to track down their target. In either case, after shooting it becomes their responsibility to find and kill or otherwise remove its body from the property before leaving.
Sometimes hunters will call in sick to work or have them stay home because it is considered bad luck to go hunting during certain times of the year. These days, most states allow some form of firearm possession during deer season, so if you're allowed to carry a gun then you should be able to go deer hunting.
In general, deer seasons are held for two reasons: to reduce the number of animals competing for food sources during breeding season and to increase the rate of mortality due to human intervention. Because of this, different regions have different regulations regarding how many shots can be taken within a certain period of time.