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    Congrats- nice fat spikes. Bare legs and arms are going to stand out like flash lights in the bush, cover up with some Camo or dark colours
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    Next 3 months can be hard hunting, deer movement is well down, you need to find good sign and really concentrate in those areas. The north side of any ridge, valley system is going to be warmer. Can be very hard in the public domain.
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    Yeap sounds good im in hamilton

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    Bloody good point lol 😂😂

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    Yea im pretty white lol

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    slow down till you think you are going too slowly once sign is found...then slow down some more...4-5 steps,pause,look around,4-5 more steps look around,suss out where your next steps are,look around,4-5 steps.....wind direction most important....if they smell your lynx all over body spray (DONT GO OVERBOARD before a hunt) or your smelly bum they wont stick around but will bo gone.
    less walking and more looking.
    when you stumble ,you are getting tired.stop and make a brew,then move off slowly...many a deer has been caught coming in to check a fella out who is having a brew....
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    Yea mate i stalk pretty slow just need to up my game and find better areas to look for them

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    good to get your first one . now the pressure is off just relax and slow down ,if there is deer shit there then there are deer somewhere close by . have a place i keep going back too and each time pick up some more info , so much sign you would think it was a deer farm and still havent seen one there yet. go slow and listen for footfalls or breaking branches , deer can make a lot of noise when they think they are alone and sometimes come and look at what is making the noise ( thats how i got my first deer. 2 actually). being in the bush gives you a lot more chance of getting one than sitting in your lounge unless you one of the lucky ones with deer out the window. congrats on your first.
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    Google earth is a good way of finding clearings. Then just a matter of finding them in the area you are hunting. It can be a bit harder to find deer in winter at times, but the time you spend now will make it easier for spring when they are more active.
    Well done on getting your first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shootm View Post
    Google earth is a good way of finding clearings. Then just a matter of finding them in the area you are hunting. It can be a bit harder to find deer in winter at times, but the time you spend now will make it easier for spring when they are more active.
    Well done on getting your first.
    this is how i found alot of my spots......... look at aerials to pick out spots deer woould like to be based on clearings ,slips, sun , type of vegetation etc then transpose those spots onto a topo map to see how hard they are to get to (need to really understand how a topomap works and you should know this anyway) then get out there to either confirm or write off an area ....... (alot are seasonal and or time of the day dependaent to so something to remember)

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    Well done on your first deer,good shot.November December when the yearlings have been kicked off mum.They run around like kids with mum not watching out for them.First and last hour of light yr best chance.Find a area with fresh sign and lots of feed.Keep going back to it, especially in the evening,sit and watch from a high vantage point till dark.

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    If it's bush your hunting, then if your sweating your going to fast. Into the wind and hunt where the sign is.
    Don't look for the whole animal look for something that's not right i.e. Ear flick, back, foot and shape. Then identify.
    If you can go out with someone who has more experience then so much the better as they can show you the finer points that you would miss by reading about it so like the above posts keep at it get out there.
    As a side note it took me three years to shoot my first one in the Kiamais but once I got my first then it all seemed to click and I was averaging 1 for every 2.5 days. That was back in the early 90's when deer numbers where a lot lower than they are today.
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