An airtight, guaranteed plan for killing a deer this fall

I have a tip that will guarantee you a deer every autumn. It’s simple: Be in the right place at the right time and you are guaranteed a shot. You have to hit the animal, but follow my advice, and you’ll have an opportunity to drop a deer.

Some of you are muttering that this is a stupid tip. How can you guarantee you will be in the right place at the right time? That’s the real trick after all, isn’t it?

OK then, I’ll expand on my theory, but first a story.

When I began hunting deer more than 40 years ago I entered the sport with a recurve bow, a great spot to hunt in northeast Iowa, and a wealth of knowledge from studying every piece of literature on deer hunting that I could find.

I built a lot of stands on my wife’s (then she was my girlfriend) grandparent’s property. I scouted and found enough deer sign to boost my confidence. I hunted hard the first few days. Climbed into the stands before sunup, stayed as still as possible, spent all day on those platforms. Never saw a deer.

My now-wife’s grandfather finally asked if I wanted to shoot a deer, and I said absolutely. So he took me out to a small patch of corn, walked me to a spot about 30 yards from the corner where there was a well-worn path coming out of the stalks. He told me to be there when the sun rose the next morning and watch for deer exiting the crops.

Ten minutes after sunrise I could hear the crunch of hooves. The first deer popped out, and I dropped the forkhorn with a 10-yard shot to the chest. A half dozen more deer rushed out and hightailed it into the woods. 

After butchering the deer, grandpa took me to the corn field and showed me where the deer were bedding right on the edge. He had been watching them for a few weeks, which allowed him to teach me that the best way to kill a deer every year is to be in the right place at the right time.

In the 40-plus years I have hunted whitetails I have rarely not capitalized on an opportunity to kill one. I use every form of scent blocking technology, attraction scents (at the appropriate time), and I hunt high-percentage spots. With the help of trail cameras and pre-season scouting I pattern deer easily. That said, even before trail cameras, pre-season scouting – with the help of mock scrapes and trip timers – one could determine if deer would visit during the season.

Another important factor is luck. I’ve had a lot of that over the years, but you get luckier the harder you scout.

So, once again, I guarantee, 100 percent, that you will have an opportunity to fling an arrow or pull the trigger on a white-tailed deer if you simply put yourself in the right place at the right time. Now that makes sense, doesn’t it?

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