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Offline joeandmich

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Deer hunting tips in Florida
« on: August 15, 2013, 08:46:43 AM »
hello guys. I took a deer hunting seminar at Bass Pro Shops last weekend and got the following advice for hunting deer in Florida. Please add any other advice you can think might help assist me in bagging my first deer.

•   Products
        Firearms with sufficient bullets
        Harvesting equipment
        Thermacell-purchase with extra refills-place under tree stand where the breeze sends the    smoke to yourself
        GPS
        First Aid kit-sting relief, band aids, iodine, etc.
        Pruning shears
        Scent Away shampoo-wash night before and morning prior to hunting
        Baking soda-wash clothes before and after each hunt
        Extra Camo-make sure that camo is different from pants to shirt to break up body shape. Rotate use
        Butt Out-anal plug puller to remove intestines out
        Buck Bomb Doe in Estrus spray-spray in circular manner on ground then up in tree stand
        Flextone All in One call-use to call deer or make them stop
        Several water bottles-start hydrating the day before the hunt
        Note pad to write any information or observations during your hunt
•   Techniques
        Use a tree stand
              Practice installing one a couple of times before the hunt
              Set up tree stand around 4:30am
              Attach products to tree stand
              Place tree stand on pine tree or other such tree next to a palm tree just under the palm fronds for shade and in order not to be seen
              Place tree stand where several game trails intersect but not directly over it preferably two way trails
              Game trails are usually 100-150 yards from an actual road
              Scout in advance and look for deer game trails
              Look for food sources
                    Acorns with green or white meat
                    Citrus fruits
                    Blueberry, black berry bushes
                    Milkweed
                    Wild plums
                    Persimmon
                    Grass
              Don’t hunt directly over food source but near game trails
              Deer’s see motion and blues and reds
              Harvesting
                    If deer is caught in flooded area better to not harvest because it will float better over the water
                    If your truck is less than an hour away wait until you reach truck to harvest
                    If more than an hour away harvest deer on the spot

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Re: Deer hunting tips in Florida
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2013, 02:45:17 PM »
Pretty standard stuff.  Surprised the Thermacell doesn't run the deer off.

Check YouTube for videos on harvesting/butchering your deer.  There are several methods.
Practice using the call.  Preferably, use something that leaves your hands free like a reed call.  My elk hunting buddy last year had this PITA cow elk call that took both hands to use.
Know the ballistics of your rifle.  I use iron sights, so I have a bullet drop table with me that I ginned up online.

Good luck!

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Re: Deer hunting tips in Florida
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2013, 05:00:51 PM »
Use a safety harness while climbing and when you're in your stand.  Don't underestimate the importance of it.  If you fall out of your stand out in the middle of nowhere, you're going to have a bad rest of the day.

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Re: Deer hunting tips in Florida
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2013, 06:52:12 AM »
Pretty standard stuff.  Surprised the Thermacell doesn't run the deer off.


They have "earth" scented thermacell as well as "earth" scented odor elimination spray. Do you think they could smell me up 15 feet off the ground 50-100 feet away?

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Re: Deer hunting tips in Florida
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2013, 04:38:42 PM »
It all depends on the wind Joe.  Definitely use scent elimination, whether it's a spray or just baking soda.

We don't have that many mosquitoes here in Colorado, so I'm not familiar with what works around game and what doesn't.