Mathews Pro Tips
Tip # 28
“If you can’t approach or leave your set-up without alerting deer to your presence, your success will diminish quickly, regardless how ‘hot’ the spot may be.”
“If deer are detecting the flash or noise of your scouting camera, place it about 10 feet off the ground and angle it down. You won’t get as much coverage, but the camera will go undetected far more often.”
“The use of ground blinds for deer hunting is really exploding in popularity. I find myself using them more and more and really enjoy being on the ground and at eye level. They also give you opportunities to hunt areas where tree stands are not an option. One of the biggest challenges with being on the ground however, is scent control.
On a bow hunt in Kansas last fall, I was hunting a ground blind on the edge of an open field. The wind switched and was blowing our scent directly into our planned shooting zone. The cameraman and I made a point to spray the inside of the blind with H.S. Scent A Way spray every 15 minutes or so. As luck would have it, a few fawns began to appear down wind from us. Then a turkey appeared. Eventually a nice buck stepped out at about 35 yards away and had no clue that we were there. After letting the arrow go with my Z7, the rest is history.
By going through the steps necessary to be scent-free, I was able to out smart a nice deer this time. I started with a scent-free shower, an anti-microbial base layer and clothing washed in scent-eliminating detergent. I also sprayed from head to toe with scent eliminating spray before heading into the field. What I have realized is that as you sit inside the blind you will emit odor from places like your mouth, hair, hands, etc… . Following up your normal scent-elimination routine with a few little extra precautions can be the difference between failure and filling your tag. Next time you head out to your ground blind, give it a try and it might be just what you need to outsmart one for yourself.”
“The most crucial part of accurate shooting is hand to bow fit. Wherever you put pressure from hand to bow, it will effect your left to right or up and down. Low pressure will create high arrows, high pressure will create low arrows, inside or outside pressure will create left or right arrows. Your knuckles should be at a 45 degree angle and the center of the grip should follow the life line in your hand. Place your hand in this position and let the bow pressure your hand.”
Positive and Negative
When using the lay of the land as a guide for stand placement, whether you’re in an entirely new spot or on very familiar hunting ground, the first thing you need to do is realize that there are 2 types of terrain features….Positive and Negative.
“I look for secluded areas a trophy buck will go to water. Often, mature bucks will hit water sources on their way to their feeding grounds.”
“Your release hand should come straight back and touch your shoulder.”