Troy Biddix, a partner with Deloitte Tax in Detroit, Michigan, enjoys spending much of his free time outdoors. An experienced hunter, Troy Biddix likes to pursue big game, particularly deer.
When hunting big game, one of the most important factors to consider is the behavior of the target animal. Understanding the species’ habits, such as where they eat, sleep, and travel and what types of other animals they like and fear, can help the hunter track the quarry down.
Deer, for example, feel most comfortable around other prey animals. Many hunters take advantage of this preference by using a turkey call to tell the deer that other vulnerable creatures are comfortable in that place.
Deer hunters also know to target high ground near heavy cover. Deer tend to bed down in these areas, particularly in the middle of the day. To avoid being seen or heard, the hunter attempts to approach from a downwind area and move very slowly.
Hunters may be able to track a deer heading for a bedding spot by circling away from the path and then moving alongside it. The hunter must continue to move with caution and look out for motion. Fleeing deer are afraid and have noticed something amiss, whether that is the hunter or another party.
A hunter may in some cases be able to take advantage of fleeing deer. Startled animals often head for high ground, and the hunter may be able to follow them if he or she can remain unseen. Similarly, a hunter who goes out after a weather event may have the chance to catch deer in an area with plentiful food, where they are less likely to be on their guard.