This is part 3 of an article included in North American Whitetail Magazine, September 2016 issue. In the first 2 parts, I detailed the science behind 2 of the whitetail's senses, the vital "weak link" between them, and what I feel is the "holy grail" for whitetail hunters wanting to truly seek drastic improvements to their hunting and success. This week, I conclude with how to leverage this to your advantage. For parts 1 and 2 (or to refresh) click here, and enjoy the conclusion of this 3 part blog series. Also, please like and share for your hunting friends! (or if you want an edge over them maybe not..)
PART 2: https://www.soundbarrierhunting.com/single-post/2017/03/10/Holy-Grail-of-Hunting-Pt-2---The-Truth-about-Hearing
A new strategy
So now we know the chink in the whitetail’s armor, here are three things you need to do to leverage this and take down a good whitetail this season.
Make a mental shift: View a whitetail’s senses for what they are, a system, not as equally effective, stand alone senses. All senses are not created equal, and in reality need, and feed off each other. Look at them this way, and how they work in tandem (or don’t work in tandem when disrupted) to start getting into the mind of a whitetail and tearing down their defenses. Think of ways to separate and target each one, and therefore minimize the effectiveness of the others. Divide, and conquer.
Refocus attention: For years we’ve been brainwashed into thinking camo solves all our problems. It’s ok, many of us have, but to take it to the next level we need to focus on the science, and reality. How much time do you take making sure all your camo is up to par vs. making sure you and your equipment are silent? To drastically increase our odds we need to go for the achilles heal. When you start obsessing on camo, shift your focus to getting past a deer’s ears (the trigger), which will in turn also get you past their eyes.
Exploit the weakness: Now you see the weakness, go in for the kill! Think of ways, big or small, that you can avoid tripping the key trigger sense and take the whitetail down. Analyze equipment for any vibrations or noise and eliminate it (for our product BuckBumper that completely silences equipment, CLICK HERE). Strategize and implement entry/exit routes for ghost-like stealth. A million solutions are out there if you’ll take the time to brainstorm and look for ways, big or small, to bypass a whitetail’s key trigger sense of hearing.
It can truly change the game this season, if you focus on the science, because when whitetail hear no evil, they will most likely also see no evil!