A number of hunters skip them but morning hunts offer a unique and advantageous hunting opportunity if approached correctly.
Here are some crossbow hunting tips that will help you to capitalize during those early morning hunts.
- Early Bird – Get to your hunting area early so you can take your time and sneak in quietly. It’s always better to be in your stand a hour early than an hour late.
- Stealth Mode – Turn off your truck/car radio before your park, dim your high beams, close doors quietly, and try to limit or reduce conversation to a whisper.
- Organization – Spend the day before getting all your gear ready to go. Nothing worse than scrambling to organize your gear in the morning, only to realize once you’ve reached your stand that you forget something.
- Clear A Path – Try to clear a path to your crossbow stand that isn’t going to be too noisy (easier said than done, especially on a brisk fall morning with a forest floor covered in crunchy leafs). You’ll never be a completely silent but moving slow or and mixing up your walking cadence should keep your game unsuspecting.
- Natures Noise – If there is a creek or river, you can walk nearby and use it to mask your noise.
- Scents Sense – You are never going to be 100% scent free but you can eliminate the majority of your body odor by having a shower (use unscented body wash/shampoo). Don’t forget to give your teeth a good brush, as your breath is one of the biggest sources of human scent.
- Big Gulps? – If you want to maximize your morning sit don’t drink too much of anything in the morning. Don’t dehydrate yourself but limit intake and stay away from caffeine.
- Breadcrumbs – Have your trail well marked so you don’t have to make unnecessary noise trying to find your way.
- Lights Down– Try to avoid shining your flash light directly into the brush and instead shine it at the ground, using the ambient light to guide you.
- Spooked Situation – If you recognize that you have spooked the animal wait and listen to for them to stop. Once they do, use a call and you may be able to fool them into thinking you were another deer.