In the midst of bow season, and firearm deer season just around the corner, I felt like it is a good time to talk about some tips and techniques that I use to hunt deer. As with most people, I don’t always have a lot of time to go hunting so when I do get to go I want to maximize my chances to harvest a deer. There are two main types of hunting that I use. The first is to sit in a stand and wait on a deer to naturally move by you. The other way to hunt is to walk through the woods and try to sneak up on deer in their bedding area. Both techniques have their advantages if utilized correctly. For me, the main thing that determines how I am going to hunt that day is the weather. On a cold calm day my favorite option is to sit and wait for the deer. The cold weather will force the deer to move earlier than normal therefore give you a better chance to see deer during the daylight hours. Normally with this method of hunting you have more time to see how big the deer is and to place a good killing shot. This is my preferred method of hunting but when the weather takes a turn for the worse or the deer have became nocturnal its time to take the action to them. On wet, windy, and rainy days its miserable to sit still in a stand and the chances of seeing a deer is minimal. On days like these I like to do some walking with my rifle. I pick a good section of woods and take a course that leads me into the wind so the deer can’t smell me coming. I begin a slow walk taking a few steps here and there then stopping to look around and then continuing. I continue doing this all the way through the section i’m walking taking some extra time every time I top a large ridge. I carefully scan the valley for any sign of movement but also look carefully for bedded deer. The main thing to remember for this type of hunting is to be patient. I often find myself walking to fast or not taking enough time to survey the area. If done right you can see a lot of deer using this method. The downfall to this method is the shots are often times much harder to make. A running deer or a deer that has been spooked is extremely difficult to hit. Not to mention you have to be much more aware of your surroundings and where you are shooting since your constantly on the move. I tend to only use this method on really windy or rainy days because that provides more cover for the hunter to sneak up on deer. Using these two methods during the firearm deer season should ensure that regardless of the weather, when you have time to hunt, you can get out in the woods. Remember even if there is a slim chance to shoot a deer staying home will result in no chance to shoot a deer.