Now that you’ve made all the proper adjustments for, late-season it’s time to plan and map out entry and exit routes for your new stand locations. As the saying goes, “the devil is in the details”. To consistently harvest deer, you have to concentrate on the details. You must be able to access and exit your set ups without forewarning deer that a predator is in the area. Consider these tips during the process:
• Use shallow ditches or creeks to conceal your movement
• Rake out your paths during inclement weather to help keep your noise and scent to a minimum
• Utilize ridges and other terrain features to help hide your approach and departure
• Trim short overhanging branches that you could brush up against to avoid making noise and leaving your scent behind
• Use roads when possible to help mask your sound and odor
• Have someone drop you off in a farm vehicle when hunting farm land because deer are used to hearing and seeing this equipment
• Use screen cover (hinge cuts, earthen berms, Egyptian wheat, etc.) to help shade your presence
Always consider the wind direction when entering and exiting your sets ups and make sure the deer you’re hunting are upwind of your travel route. It’s a good practice to have more than one ingress/egress option.
Lastly, make sure to give yourself ample time to get to your late-season set ups. The deer you’re hunting have more than likely heard the distinct sound of a two legged predator during their lifetime. Hard frost and dry leaves can make it very hard to access your set ups undetected. For this reason, pay close attention to the way you walk to and from your set ups and try mimicking the sound of a deer walking through the woods (slow and methodical).
As always, you can navigate your routes by following the blue dot (current GPS location).