The most important part of hunting is the kill. Without a successful kill, there can be no meat to bring home and cook for dinner. That’s why stalk hunting deer is so popular among hunters. Stalk hunting allows you to get up close and personal with your prey, increasing the odds that you’ll make a successful kill when it counts. In this blog post, we will discuss what stalking deer entails, how to do it right, what gear you need for a good hunt, and more!
What is a Stalk Hunt?
Stalk hunting deer consists of hunting from close to the deer but not within their sight.
This allows for increased odds of making a successful kill by getting up-close and personal with your prey before shooting them. This can be tricky because it requires patience, stealth, camouflage clothing, and knowledge about deer behavior to make sure you’re at the right spot at the right time when they show up!
You will need a lot of patience if performing a stalk hunt. It’ll take a lot of time and patience to get close enough for a kill shot, so make sure you’re willing to wait it out before giving up.
For example, to successfully stalk hunt, the deer will need at least 15-30 minutes (or more) until they are within range. Depending on where you live, that can mean getting up as early as three hours before sunrise or waiting all day!
Hunters also use stalks with other animals like elk and bears, but those pursuits would require different gear than what we recommend below for hunting deer.
Stealth mode when hunting requires the hunter to slowly move and avoid noise. It also requires the hunter to stay out of sight as much as possible so they don’t scare off or startle any game in their vicinity.
Hunters use many different stealth mode hunting techniques like wearing all black clothing, using a camouflage suit, staying downwind from your prey, and more!
One way hunters can practice stalking without scaring away animals is by practicing on deer that are already dead before actually going into nature to stalk live ones. A great place to find these types of animals would be at any taxidermy shop near you!
As a stalk hunt takes place, you must use camouflage attire. The clothing should be all black or in different brown, green, and gray shades to blend into the hunting environment. You can also use a camouflage suit sometimes if your camo gear is limited, but this may not work as well since it will likely have some pattern on it that might give away your position.
When stalking prey animals, they need to stay downwind from them, so they don’t scare off their animal before getting close enough for a clean kill shot with an arrow or gun. If possible, try to find concealment such as bushes, trees, tall grasses, etc., while staying upwind from deer and other game animals. Then slowly inch closer towards them without being seen until you are in the perfect position to make the kill shot. Once you have drawn your bow or aimed and shot, make sure not to move around too much as it will alert the animal you are there.
Food and Water on a Stalk Hunt
It’s always important to have food with you when hunting in case of emergencies. It could also be helpful if the game is scarce for whatever reason because this way, you can eat some protein bars while waiting for an opportunity to hunt more prey animals. Always bring at least one liter of water with you during any outdoor activity since dehydration can affect performance quickly without warning ̶ even leading to heatstroke, which has killed many people before under these circumstances. If possible, try adding electrolytes like Gatorade powder mix so that your body doesn’t get dehydrated quicker.
Quarter Your Buck
Once you have bagged your buck, it’s essential to quarter it quickly and efficiently. The first thing you want to do is remove the heart and lungs because they spoil quickly, then make a cut-up from the stomach cavity until you reach the breastbone ̶ this will separate the backstrap muscles from everything else. After that, lay your deer on its back with its hind legs sticking out towards you, pull one of them forward, so it’s perpendicular to their body, then cut down along each side until you get past the joint, at which point there should be some tendons holding these two pieces together. Peel those away carefully for both sides of meat to hang without any support before cutting off any excess fat and gristle around the edges while paying attention not to puncture or tear anything important under all that connect organs and tissue. Remember that the most crucial part of dressing your deer is to take care not to cut into the stomach because it could spill its contents.
It’s vital to get the deer dressed, quartered, and headed back to your truck or camp as quickly as possible. Time is of the essence at this point in the hunt. The last thing you want is to kill a large animal and not make use of all of the meat due to spoilage. One of the most important things to be mindful of is where you shoot. If your shot was high and the deer dropped instantly, there’s a good chance that it could still run off some distance before collapsing…
Typically all processors will do this for customers. They may offer additional services like cleaning trophies or taking care of carcass disposal. These are always optional add-ons but can provide peace of mind if one doesn’t want to undertake these tasks at home themselves.
Since I was thirteen years old, I’ve been stalking hunting deer because my father thought I should know how to handle firearms safely when we were out in nature together hiking, fishing, and camping as often as possible during summer vacation from school each year. We would cover long distances. There is nothing more significant than spending the day stalking a deer and bagging it by dusk.
The most important thing to remember when stalking hunting is that you need to be stealthy and patient. You will not find success by rushing into a situation or being too eager, as it could lead to your capture and death. Stalking deer around an area for hours can sometimes feel like there’s no end in sight, but this teaches patience which is vital because you won’t have much of it during the hunt itself if something spooks them out before they get close enough. It takes time and practice with persistence until one finds their rhythm and how best to approach the game without disturbing wildlife while remaining undetected.
One last tip: wear camo clothes, so you don’t look like prey! This includes pants, shirt, boots, and any other part of the body that could be exposed and give away your presence to the deer.
Deer stalking requires patience and commitment, but once you bag it at the end of the day, there is no more incredible feeling. Getting your deer from forest to table is a fantastic feeling and a wonderful experience for hunters alike.