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January 7, 2013

Outdoors Insider, with Dale Sunderlin: Hot for cold-weather hunting?

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Good cover

The cover behind you should be the thick and full. It should be as tall and wide as your blind and have few if any “holes,” places where the sky shows through, in order to fully conceal your profile. You need less cover in front and to the side than in the background. Pay attention to the shadow cast by your blind. If possible, set up so that your shadow is swallowed up by the shadow of trees or other tall landmarks around you.

Positioning

If you know the trail a deer typically follows, don’t set up your blind where the deer will walk straight towards it. Set up at an angle to the trail so that the deer is less likely to see your blind. If possible, position yourself so that the deer, following its usual route, will be angled away from or broadside to your blind.

Use a deak, maybe

Another concealment trick is to set up decoys to distract game and draw their attention away from your blind. Depending on the type of hunting you do, decoys may or may not be a good option. If the decoys seem unnatural to a deer, they can work against you rather than for you.

Play the wind

To keep deer from sniffing you out, check the wind direction and set up your blind downwind from where the deer will approach you. If you don’t have one of the new scent free blinds you’ll want to spray the blind, your clothes, and equipment with an odor neutralizer to further conceal your scent.

Set up in advance

If you hunt on private land, the best way to keep game from balking at the sight of your blind is to set it up well before you plan to hunt. Before long, the deer will come to accept your blind as a natural part of the landscape. They’ll walk right past your blind without a second glance, hopefully setting you up for the perfect shot.

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