Deer Hunter

I don’t know what possessed me to think of hunting such an animal of elusiveness. My experiences with the turkey taught me all too well the pitfalls of trying to outwit a creature that has millions of years of evolutionary history of eluding predators, to think a mere nimrod with a gun and the internet could outwit. But to use a fishing quote I heard once, “They say that 10% of the fishermen catch 90% of the fish.” I think it works the same for hunting. So the goal is to be one of the ten per centers who manage to overcome the defensive weapons of elusiveness and detection.

Everyone knows that deer’s sense of smell is legendary and key to their survival. A deer’s nose has about eighty million more smell receptors than a bloodhound, so it’s safe to say that within three hundred yards they can tell whether you drank Coors or Budweiser the night before. Say no more, say no more.

And don’t overlook their eyesight. Deer have very good 310 degree peripheral vision that is believed to see into the ultraviolet spectrum for those low light conditions and, contrary to popular thought; they are not really color blind. They’re more like color challenged between the longer wavelengths like greens, yellows, oranges เกมยิงปลาออนไลน์ and reds, suggesting that they may not be able to differentiate much between them. If there is a weakness it’s lacking a little in depth perception which is hopeful if you can remain completely still. They will pick up any movement, by you the hunter, instantly.

That ability to see into the ultraviolet range should cause concern because a lot of the camouflaged gear on the market is either made with thread that has whiteners in the dye or coated with a whitener that makes it look more attractive to the consumer. A Black Light shone on a lot of these fabrics reveals that psychedelic shimmer you would really rather like to avoid in the woods because that’s what the deer sees, especially in low light.

Hearing is the only sense that is close to parody with humans. What? I thought a deer can hear a pin drop at a thousand yards! Imagine that you spent your whole life living in the woods with nothing to listen to but woods sounds. No TV blaring, or mp3’s screaming into earbuds, no traffic rumblings or lawnmowers, or chainsaws, or weed eaters or any of the thousands of continuous daily noises that you almost filter out. Now imagine that your ears are four inches long and can swivel independently. No, you’re not being sent to Bad Boy Island, instead, you now have the ability to focus in on any sound around you even if it’s behind you.

Now imagine your average clodhopper hunter gets out of his truck slams the doors, laughs at his buddy who’s taking a leak on the tire and then slams the bolt closed on his loaded weapon before tromping off. Wait those aren’t woodsy sounds, your new deer ears, which definitely set you apart from the rest of the crowd I might add, pick that up instantly from your hideout a half mile away because you’ve been listening to nothing else your whole life but woods sounds!… Well, if you put it that way.

Deer, the ultimate big game animal for most hunters in the US, poses the most difficult to acquire. Not that there aren’t a shortage of these four legged running and jumping machines. Estimated numbers put them over 700,000 in Florida which is a mere pittance compared to the 4,000,000 in Texas, the leading whitetail deer state. So boo hoo for us. But I wasn’t about to be deterred by such puny numbers compared to some of the other states.

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