What does it take to shoot a deer? Well if you read this blog, popular deer hunting magazines or watch hunting shows you might think it takes a lot of high tech gear, tons of intense preparation and a wealth of deer hunting knowledge. Now it’s true that all these things can help, but if you are just getting into hunting, there are just a few things that you really need to focus on. ESPN Outdoors recently published a great article that covers the most important pieces of the deer hunting puzzle and I think it’  a great read for everyone from crusty old veterans to brand new hunters …

“Successful big buck hunters have something in common, and it has nothing to do with insight into deer biology or hunting strategy. They take advantage of the five real world factors that lead to deer hunting success in the crowded, unfenced, unmanaged deer woods that most sportsmen hunt.

Forget about all the advice offered by magazine and television celebrity shooters, here are the real reasons some hunters kill mature whitetail bucks every year, and how the average hunter can do the same.”

  • Property
  • Time
  • Patience
  • Luck
  • Skill

Check out “Nothing But The Truth” by Don Mulligan on ESPN Outdoors for the full explanation of each of these topics.