Deer are fickle creatures. It’s agonizing what sets them off, and then conversely it’s amazing what you can sometimes get away with.
Not much is more aggravating than a wise old doe picking you off from a treestand and snorting her stupid face off alerting every other deer in the county that a predator is present. Once in a while poetic justice wins out, but usually bunch of alarming noises ruin the hunt.
To become an accomplished whitetail hunter, one must learn to realize the factors will make a deer come unglued. Then the goal is to stay ahead of those triggering mechanisms — experience and time in the woods are the only ways to learn these lessons.
Another part of earning veteran status as a hunter is recognizing ways to maximize results with minimal effort. That minimal effort is best when obtained at or below budget.
Consider the relationship between an old doe’s eye, effort and budget, and I'm going to do my best to tie those things together. Of course, circumstances are always unique, but when it comes to hunting whitetails across the nation, you get out what you put in.
A little over a year ago, a good friend and I started a hunting club, and we had very little time or money to make the necessary upgrades to the property. It was to be a lengthy process and multi-year project.
One of our top priorities was remodeling the existing shooting houses. And believe me, they were in extremely poor repair. Some were in the wrong spots altogether. But, we endured what we had for our first year.
This past summer, I went to work on the property, and learned that a shooting-house remodel can be accomplished effectively and permanently if you bring creativity to the table.
One of our club members owns a small sawmill, and his brother is a tree cutter. Not necessarily a lumberjack, but the kind of guy who drops big trees in hard-to-navigate urban areas. Really, he’s an artist when you get down to it. But he has access to a seemingly endless amount of logs; pine mostly.