How to read deer tracks

ANGELA .W. WANDERA By ANGELA .W. WANDERA, 26th Oct 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/157jw7ao/
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One of the most exciting sign for most hunters is to find the bedding area for deers. This is a strong sign that the deers are nearby. A feeding deer will look for a safe haven to rest from as they absorb what they have eaten all day and this is usually their bedding area.

How to read deer tracks

Are you planning a deer hunting trip? Then you need to the right information and guide on how to read deer tracks.

After purchasing your rifle, and you hunting gear is already packed, and you have already done your booking. For a successful hunting trip you have to study and know how to track deers to increase your chances of getting one.

Tracking is a skill that will require a lot of patience in order to be successful. As a tracker you must know all about deers and their habits which includes what the deers eat and where they sleep. The following tips will help you to be able to read deer tracks.

1. Bucks are known to often brush up on their fighting skills by using trees as sparring partners. You should look out for signs on trees when you are tracking a deer in autumn.

2. Another thing to look out for are territorial clues when deer tracking. Bucks often push grass aside from a patch of ground and leave their scents to warn other bucks that this is their territory. A fresh scrape should be a signal to you that a buck is nearby.

3. Use you sense of smell when tracking a wounded deer. Walking in the direction in which you last saw the deer, and searching areas that might provide good cover will be of help to you. Deers have musky odors, that is why you must employ your sense of smell when looking for the wounded animal.

4. Silence is essential when tracking deers, that is why it is better to track alone or in small groups of 2-3 people. The Whitetail deers have a well developed sense of hearing and sight.

5. When you learn how to read deer tracks you will be able to know how many deers are in the area ans what direction they have taken.

6. You could use the help of a well trained dog when deer tracking because it will be able to lead you by smelling the track.

7. You are able to read deer tracks in moist, dirt or better still in the snow if you know what to look for. The deer foot prints in soft dirt are sharp on the edges as opposed to sharp edges that have fallen into the deer print especially in snow.

8. Sometimes fresh tracks could lead you right to the deer that made them. When you trail the tracks you will see patterns of deer if you are looking for feeding and bedding habits. However this may not be a guarantee of catching a deer or even seeing one.

9. Look out for trails used frequently by deers especially at night when they are traveling. The deer trails normally would have deer droppings, compressed leaves and worn out loose dirt. There will also be lots o foot prints and off course the musky odor.

10. One of the most exciting sign for most hunters is to find the bedding area for deers. This is a strong sign that the deers are nearby. A feeding deer will look for a safe haven to rest from as they absorb what they have eaten all day and this is usually their bedding area.

The bed is normally characterized by a depression in the ground mostly in an oval shape taking on the shape of a deer that is laying down. There will also be lots of foot prints in the bedding area.

11. You can also look out for the feeding areas if you walk through the woods. Such spots will have leaves on the ground all dug up and thrown aside. You will be able to see lots of foot prints that are visible in the soil together with lots of droppings.

The above tips will help you read deer tracks and probably lead you to one. When you are reading the deer tracks you must be very alert to your surroundings just in case you are so close to getting one. You have to observe silence when deer tracking so that you don't scare them away with your noise.

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Deer, Hunt, Hunting, Reading, Signs, Track, Tracking, Tracks, Woods

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