“Just like with good hunting boots, good walking/jogging/workout shoes are important. Make that investment, start putting one foot forward and get going,” says hunter and writer for Deer & Deer Hunting, Alan Clemons, who suggests that hunters make some practical lifestyle changes to become better hunters. Hunting demands a lot of the sportsman. An easy way to feel better when performing the heavy manual labor required of most big game hunters is to improve your overall health. “Dragging out a deer…can be taxing even for healthy hunters. Being in shape can help you in the woods when you’re hauling out a buck or doe.”
“The Summit Cobra SD climbing tree stand will be the die hard bow hunters’ stand of choice,” says Deer & Deer Hunting writer Alan Clemons. This versatile tree stand allows hunters optimal positioning for bow hunting or gun hunting. “The open front climber weighs in at a mere 18 pounds and allows bow hunters the choice of either shooting from a seated or standing position.” Comfort and silence are of utmost importance to the serious deer hunter. Summit Treestands delivers: “It features state-of-the-art Dead Metal Sound Dampening Technology to reduce unwanted noises.”
“I’m constantly amazed at how difficult it is for some folks to find game…on the flip side there are hunters who seem to be able to wander into the woods and effortlessly bring home the bacon. What makes the difference?” asks accomplished big game hunter, Aram Benedikt, in a recent Outdoor Life article. Benedikt’s first tip: “No matter how hard you work, you won’t find game that isn’t there.” Secondly, hunt wisely and safely to optimize your chances for a big kill. And lastly, you won’t kill what you don’t see: “A savvy hunter can find a lot of game by locating a good vantage point and parking your binocular against your eyebrows for a while."
“The exact same thing, time and again, even when your nervous system is in revolt,” that’s what your shooting method should allow you to do, says well-renowned archer, Levi Morgan. In this article from Field & Stream, Morgan reveals how he shoots so accurately and why he’s as good as he is—training. As far as bow hunting methods are concerned, Levi said, “I rely mostly on just two.” Aim and blindness aren’t usually associated with excellence in bow hunting, but they are the main components of Morgan’s training. “It’s a great all-around drill and the absolute best I know for target panic. I’ve seen it cure more cases than anything else.”
“What you want in a tree stand is what most guys want—a model that won’t break the bank, or your neck,” says Field & Stream writer Scott Bestul. So if you’re serious about hunting, yet frugal, the Summit Crush Series Pro Ladder is an attractive option. “If you’re on a tight budget, Summit’s Solo Deluxe model has a comfortable padded seat and the security of a shooting rail for just $130.”
When it comes to hunting on private land, your name doesn’t have to be on the property deed. “I learned early on never ask for the ‘right’ to hunt someone else’s property,” says veteran trapper, Bernie Barringer, in a recent article from North American Whitetail. Offer respect and service to the landowner, and you could gain access to some great, untouched hunting land. Barringer recommends you, “make your request brief and to the point. If you’re asking to bow hunt, say so. Say what you want to hunt and where.”
“Once adjusted, the harness fits like a familiar pair of cotton pajamas,” says an Outdoor Life review of Summit’s Seat-O-The-Pants Fast-Back Deluxe. In keeping with Summit’s thoughtfulness of design, this harness is engineered to keep hunters undetectable: “rubber coating on the low-profile buckles cuts down on noise.” And when hunters need tools readily available, the Seat-O-The-Pants delivers: “two accessory pockets provide a place to squirrel away those hunting accessories you need at a moment’s notice,” exactly what a dynamic hunter requires.
“They’ll start acting like bucks again…they hang back in the hardwood close to their beds, and head to the fields after dark. But this is the easiest time to kill a good one,” said seasoned buck hunter, Harry Pozniak, in a recent article from Field & Stream. Understanding big game’s behavior in the early season is invaluable when pursing and killing whitetail deer. “We kill 70 percent of our early-season bucks from ground blinds, and most of our shots are 20 yards or less,” said buck expert, Ed Koger. Buck deer have patterns and personalities that, with patience—and maybe a few cameras—can be learned to increase your chances of a kill.