Cooler weather is in the air, and many of us are counting down the days — or hours — to that first fall hunt. Whether you’re setting out on your first fall hunting venture of the season, or of your life, there are some tips you’ll want to follow. These tips will give you the best chance of a successful hunt, while staying safe in the process.
Fall is a great time for a variety of hunts. From pheasant and turkey hunting, to deer and large game hunting, including elk and moose, this time of year offers something for everyone.
Deer are typically abundant from October through January, and there are a variety of approaches to this particular hunt. Whether you’re setting out on a deer or large game hunt, it’s important to research the area where you’ll be hunting if it’s unfamiliar to you. By scouting the location ahead of time, you can familiarize yourself with the terrain. You can also map out places to focus on, such as anywhere near water, which is one of the best places to find deer, elk, and moose this time of the year since the days are still relatively warm.
Factors to consider
Scent is an important factor in hunting game because deer, elk, and moose are all sensitive to human smells. You may want to consider a product such as a scent eliminator to cover your tracks and increase your chances of finding game before they catch wind of your scent.
Conversely, there are a number of products available to help you lure deer and other animals to you if you’re in an area where they’re particularly elusive. These products work by simulating the scent of a new food source wherever you’re hunting. When hunting moose, it’s critical to pay attention to wind direction because of these animals’ extremely keen sense of smell. There are wind indicator products available to help you ensure you’re positioning is optimal for remaining undetected or for using luring products.
When it comes to elk hunting, sound is a key factor in attracting the animal. There are several methods of using calls for elk, including using products that simulate the sounds of two cows fighting for the attention of a bull, and products that simply mimic the sound of a single cow.
Of course, fowl hunting is also extremely popular this time of year. Turkeys can be hunted year-round with good success, and if it’s pheasant you fancy, fall is an ideal time to hunt.
Decoys can be a useful addition to your fowl hunt and increase your chances of success. And if you’re specifically interested in turkey hunting, Realtree offers a helpful resource that outlines details of turkey hunting in various states, including the state’s wild turkey population, types of species, and costs to obtain permits for residents and non-residents. You can also check out our expert guide to turkey hunting.
In terms of the best location for fowl hunting, both turkey and pheasant can typically be found in grasslands and in places where there is a mixture of grass and dense brush.
Choosing your weapon and ammo
Whether you choose to hunt with a rifle or crossbow, there are plenty of options available. For the experienced user, bow hunting can be ideal, although it requires more gear and arguably more patience. In general, a rifle will offer superior ease of use and allow you to shoot from greater distances. A rifle can kill a deer several hundred yards away, while a bow requires the hunter to get within 30-40 yards of an animal. Obviously, this proximity increases the chances of missing your target.
If you are primarily hunting deer, there are plenty of great rifle choices, including just about anything in our Remington Model 700 series. The Remington Model 700 VTR 223 is one of our personal favorites.
There are an abundance of ammunition choices as well. In general, we like the .308 Winchester for its accuracy when used by an experienced hunter. When it comes to long-range deer hunting calibers, the Remington HTP Copper 7mm is another excellent choice, particularly for distances greater than 250 yards.
Wearing the proper apparel
No matter where or what you’re hunting, it’s imperative to wear the appropriate clothing. Wool outerwear is a good option in the fall because of its wicking qualities. This is important during a time of year where the days can still be warm enough to work up a sweat, but where the mornings and evenings can dip into much chillier temps.
Of course, it’s always a good idea to layer your clothing so that you can adjust for the different temperature fluctuations and weather conditions throughout the day. Overall, you want to focus on keeping warmth in and moisture out.
The proper eyewear is also essential to your hunting wardrobe, and you should choose sunglasses that are polarized for maximum visibility at different times of the day. Your sunglasses should also be shatterproof to protect your eyes no matter the terrain or circumstances you encounter on your hunt.
We hope you’ve found these tips helpful. Be sure to check out all of our products to help ensure you get the most out of your hunt. Now it’s time to get out there and enjoy all that fall hunting has to offer.