Best New Gear for Chasing Urban Deer

Deer hunting has changed in many ways, not the least of which is the abundance of hunting opportunities that now exist close to almost everyone's home. Hunting in your own backyard offers several advantages, particularly the ability to use precious free time more efficiently.

Another advantage is you will spend more time in one particular area, allowing you to learn more about the deer that inhabit it. Over time, you'll begin to recognize patterns you can exploit.

Yet another advantage is the luxury of picking your hunt days. On an out-of-state trip, you have five or six days you must hunt, rain or shine, hot or cold. Back home, you can wait for the right weather conditions for your hunting area.

On a five-day hunting trip, you feel obligated to stay in the woods longer, often during times most would not consider quality hunting hours. Back home, those hours can be used during the prime times of each day, effectively doubling your odds for success.

But before you get too confident, you need to know what you're up against. Think of suburban deer as someone who lives in a one-bedroom apartment versus a country estate. If someone else comes in and moves the furniture around, the former will notice it a lot quicker, so be extra cautious about minimizing your influence, a process that begins with scouting.

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