As a native in the state of Georgia, I know a thing or two about hunting in those good old pines. Many hunters will flock right to the swamps, the hardwood bottoms, or the fields, but no sir, not me. I am the one that takes the path less taken I guess and no, I don’t do it just to be a rebel or anything like that. I actually have some proof for why I like to hunt the pines. In this deer hunting 101 article we will cover why pines are such a good area to hunt.
Because the pine tree is such a common species of tree in the United States, especially in the southeast, it is pretty hard to get somewhere where there aren’t any, but lets stay on topic here. First I will explain why I think pine thickets are such great places to see and hunt game. For one, I like to get into those big, old pine lots where the trees are pretty bug, or old if you will. Big thinned woods such as the one that I just described previously are decently open. By open, I mean that they are not very thick like that of a small, dense pine thicket, which is another great place to hunt big bucks by the way, but I will have to get to that in another article. Well, if you have ever been in one of these big, open, pine forests then you can tell right off of the bat that one could see a long ways when hunting in the area. One of my most harbored deer hunting 101 tactic involves getting somewhere where I can see. Folks, regardless of how much you know about deer hunting, this one will help to increase your odds of success.The more area that you can see increased the chances of seeing and spotting game. Especially during the rut when those big old bucks are going to be cruising. I usually take my climber and get somewhere where I can see a few hundred yards in any given direction. Folks, with that sort of viewing area, it is pretty hard to go wrong, especially if you are somewhere where there are a lot of deer. One of my best producing stands is in a pine thicket that is surrounded by a hardwood swamp on all sides but one. Most would go straight into the hardwood swamp because that’s where the acorns are, but not me.
Acorns are a great food source to hunt over, but getting into those swamps poses a few disadvantages. In other words, why should I risk getting smelled or jumping up deer when I can just hang back and catch them as they travel from one place to another. A deer hunting 101 tactic that I really believe in was said by Roger Raglin, who is a pioneer in the hunting business by the way. Roger is one of a kind folks and really knows his stuff. I highly recommend his videos as well. Anyways, he always preached about hunting from the outside in, that is hunting the perimeter of a good spot rather than just jumping right into the marrow of the area. By hunting the edges, you are still likely to see game without spooking them. If you don’t see anything on the perimeters, then you can move in. That is a really great tactic folks – thanks Roger.
Hunting deer is no easy task due to their speed and agility but it’s still worth a try for beginners but the ones who are adept at hunting would find it easy provided they have a lightweight climber treestand where they can establish base to keep the essentials necessary for the job.