Pro Tips With Tom Nelson
Presented by Shadow Hunter Blinds
It never too late to place a Shadow Hunter blind in your hunting area. Sure, the longer it’s in place the sooner deer will acclimate themselves to it, but you can speed up this process by simply adding some natural cover to the outside of your blind when you first place it in your hunting spot. Take nearby branches, etc. and place them around your blind. This gives it more of a natural look and helps speed up the process of getting deer accustomed to your new Shadow Hunter blind.
I prefer to not put on my camo clothing until I arrive at my hunting area. Your camo can pick up all kinds of odor while you’re wearing it while driving to your hunting area. I keep a scent proof tib in my vehicle and get dressed when I arrive at my spot. I use my truck floor maps to stand on as I get dressed and undressed after the hunt.
Whitetails can and will pattern you. So, when checking your trail cameras try to avoid leaving your scent behind. I use a bicycle and ride right up to my cameras. Then with rubber boots on I stand and replace the SD cards and ride away. Human scent left behind is marginal and I avoid alerting the local deer population.
I am a big fan of the late deer seasons. I have hunted numerous mid-western states during the months of December and January. Shadow Hunter blinds make hunting on these often times blustery cold days, much more comfortable. However, it can still be cold inside one come the late season. I carry with me a heavy dark wool blanket that I toss over me while hunting these bitter cold days. The blanket is quiet and quick to remove when a deer is spotted and is much less of a hindrance than wearing many layers of bulky clothing.
Whitetails can and will pattern hunters. I like to utilize different entry and exit routes from my blind. With scent molecules constantly dispersing from our bodies, there is always some residual scent left behind. Deer can and will pick up on this left behind scent long after you have vacated your blind. By using different routes to and from your stand, you can help keep savvy whitetails from patterning your routine.
I, like many other hunters, believe that your first hunt in any stand or blind is your best chance at placing your tag on a mature whitetail. I like to have a spot or two that I leave vacant until the rut starts. Then when the wind is right, I slip into it and hold a surprise party for unsuspecting rut phase bucks.