Whisker Maniac's post got me thinking...... why don't we all post our best deer hunting tip/tips for everybody? I wish someone would've done this for me, because I had to learn everything myself. I didn't have anybody in the family to show me the ropes. There's more than likely lots of people who will be reading through this deer hunting section, who don't know a whole lot about deer hunting. Some of us do. Just like we would help out in the catfishing section of this site, I think the brothers oughta help a newbie hunter out too. Anyway, I'll go first. 1. Learn how to shoot your gun well. Practice from several different positions, so that you will be good at shooting from other positions if the need arises. Do not jerk the trigger. Squeeze slowly and never punch the trigger, just let it be a surprise when it goes off. Have a buddy help you when you're practicing, and have him load your bullets for you, behind your back, one at a time. Then, have him hand you an unloaded rifle occasionally, just to make sure you aren't flinching or punching your trigger. It'll break you of the habit. 2. Don't go into the woods with a gun you're unfamiliar with, or a gun that isn't sighted in properly. Too many guys take for granted, that the gun that shoots their 150 gr. bullets will shoot a 180 gr. bullet just a fuzz lower..... yeah right. Take the time to shoot your gun and know where it's hitting. Besides, shooting is fun. 3. Buy a good pair of binoculars and use them. NEVER use a scope on a rifle for a substitute for binoculars. If you're pointing a loaded weapon around, then you just ain't using your head. Don't do it. 4. Hunt where the deer are. I know it sounds stupid, but too many people waste WAY too much time in unproductive areas. Don't hunt over old sign either. Continue to scout all season long, and you will be much more successful. 5,6,7,8..... Okay, this will be long. Deer bed down during the day in a thick area, and it's been my experience that they will bed down in an area that can't be seen from a road. They will try to use any available cover to go to a food source in the evenings, feed at the food source most of the night, and then return to their bedding areas in the morning. During "the rut" the bucks will travel from bedding area to bedding area during the day, looking for receptive does, and check food souces in the evening for them as well. Just by looking at a good topographical map, you can normally figure out a good spot to put a stand. You want to intercept them going to or from a bedding area, or to/from a food source. During the rut, you want to hunt between bedding areas during the day, or the downwind side of a food source if possible. All of us know someone who killed a deer over a scrape, or a rubline, or whatever.... but year after year, deer will use the lay of the land to their advantage. When you learn how they travel in your area, you'll start killing a lot more deer. Oh yeah, treestands!!! Learn how and where to properly put a stand. It will take a new hunter a while to learn where to properly put a stand, so invite someone who knows what the heck they're doing to help you & TEACH you. Believe me, it'll start to make sense before too long. Always use more than just one stand. Set up several stands, that can be hunted when the wind is from different directions. Don't hunt a good stand if the wind is wrong. You will educate a good buck the first time you do it, and it'll be the only heartbreaking time you ever get to see him from that stand. Don't ask me how I know. Remember, deer will pattern you just as easily as you pattern them, so change things up. Don't always park in the same place and walk the exact same route to a stand. Don't always hunt one stand in the mornings only.... change things up on them. How you get in and out of a stand location is just as important as where you hang a stand. If you can't get in and out undetected, then try to find another spot to hang your stand. Okay, I'll let everyone else chime in now. I know there's ten zillion things I'm leaving out, but that's alright. I'm sure someone will help fill in where I left off.