Concealment key to late-season hunts

Chris Ginn

January 01, 2012 at 1:00 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Any time kids are hunting over corn during the late season, McVey suggested putting it much closer to your stand to provide more kid-friendly shots.
Courtesy of Joey Roberson
Any time kids are hunting over corn during the late season, McVey suggested putting it much closer to your stand to provide more kid-friendly shots.
One of the tallest hurdles about hunting late season deer is that they are on the back end of a season during which they have just about seen, heard and smelled it all. Deer are wary enough, but deer that have learned how to avoid being shot take the cake.

Thatís why Russ McVey feels there is no more important time to work on concealment than during January. He mainly hunts out of box stands where detection isnít that much of an issue. But he also hunts out of a pop-up blind when he gets back in the woods.

"You canít just set those tent blinds up anywhere you want and think youíre going to kill deer out of them," McVey insisted. "Those deer arenít stupid, and they know when something doesnít belong."

One of the first things McVey does when setting up his pop-up blind is to ensure heís putting it in a place that provides a good backdrop behind him. Then he tries to blend it into the backdrop by adding limbs, leaves, pine straw or anything else he thinks might make it less obvious to deer.

"And I also set it up in such a way that the sun will be at my back or at the very least to my side," McVey said. "That means you may have to put it somewhere you might not want it, but you definitely donít want the sun blaring into your face as you hunt.

"My blind has a black interior, and I wear black clothing, but any little bit of movement with the sun in my face, and theyíll bust me."



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