Best Tips for How to Track Animals While Hunting

Best Tips for How to Track Animals While Hunting

Basic tracking skills are a must for hunters, but different animals pose different problems for hunters. Here’s some practical advice for tracking popular types of game:

  1. Deer
    Deer tend to spook easily and their keen senses let them know if some scent or color is not right. Seek out deer feeding areas such as clover fields, trees with acorns or watering holes. Mask your scent and be sure to shoot from downwind as that will help keep deer off-track of your movements. Some hunters use tree stands to circumvent these issues.

    Deer Hunting

    Photo Credit: M&R

  2. Hog
    Hogs have a great sense of smell but the other senses are not as strong. Seek out their feeding grounds, stay downwind, and if you find a hog trail, avoid walking directly on it as the human scent tends to stay there for a while and this nomadic animal will go ahead and move on to different areas.

    Hog Hunting

    Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast

  3. Elk
    Think of elk as big deer. This will help with tracking them. Similar to deer, mask your human scent and keep quiet in the woods. It goes without saying to shoot from downwind positions, this way elk don’t pick up your smell. Elk are most active right after dawn and just before dusk.

    Elk Hunting

    Photo Credit: LBL_elk

  4. Turkey
    Turkeys are incredibly difficult to hunt due to their amazing sense of sight. There are many tales of hunters wearing white socks and that’s enough to scare off the turkey. Wear proper camouflage, specifically dark colors. Avoid anything red, white or blue as other hunters may mistake you for a gobbler.

    Turkey Hunting

    Photo Credit: Buck Valley

  5. Duck
    Ducks are like turkeys with their well-developed senses of sight. The key here is to use a blind. If you’re not a fan, then make sure you have the proper camouflage as that will help conceal you from these animals.

    Duck Hunting

    Photo Credit: danielle_blue

  6. Bear
    Bears have incredible senses of smell and hearing. This makes up for their lousy eyesight. When bagging a bear be sure to stay quiet and mask your human scent. Many hunters use tree stands to avoid detection from bears.

    Bear Hunting

    Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region

Spending time getting to know your specific game’s habits and natural defenses is key. What tips do you have for hunting your favorite game?


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