If every deer behaved the same way, hunting would be much simpler. But they don't, so thankfully there's Ozonics when a deer catches you off guard.

Many people over-complicate deer hunting. Deer are an incredible animal, and probably one of the greatest survival machines on the planet. But let's keep in mind they are here to do one thing, propagate their species. Bucks and does play a different role in that equation and everything they do is designed around ensuring their survival as well as their offspring.

Killing Does

Many people just take for granted that they can shoot a doe each season to put meat in the freezer. Shooting does is absolutely essential for proper herd management, but these wise old ladies of the woods should not be underestimated. Get busted by an alpha doe, and you will have one of the most miserable seasons of your hunting career. One doe at a farm I hunt named “Wheezy” busted my buddy a few seasons back. Still to this day she will not walk by my buddy’s treestand without making such a snorting, wheezing ruckus that the whole woods goes on high alert! Whether he is in the stand or not, Wheezy is always on guard, and worst of all, my buddy can't figure out a way to kill her!

Does like to live comfortably, and generally prefer bedding areas that coordinate with the time of year. On warmer, summer and early-season days, does like to bed in the shade so they can stay cool. During cooler late-season and winter days, they like to bed on sunny slopes or in thick thermal cover to help them stay warm. You'll know you've stumbled onto a doe bed group when you see a hodgepodge of beds in a small area with all of them facing different directions. The does do this on purpose so that regardless of the wind direction, one of them will always be watching everyone else's back. Basically a doe group bedding area has a 360-degree view of their surroundings.

Does also tend to bed as close to food sources as they can, because they want to burn the least amount of calories possible.  Generally on a well-managed property, there are different doe groups with a class system among them. The highest doe group in the pecking order gets the best bedding location; the best place to eat, comes into heat first, and produces the healthiest fawns. As the progression goes down, the lesser doe groups have to bed in second class areas, eat the leftovers or at least at the outskirts of the prime food source and tend to go into heat later in the season. The second class doe groups tend to give birth to late fawns which end up being smaller deer, come fall.

When hunting does, the first thing to consider is which one to shoot? Many hunters just simply shoot the first doe that gives them a good broadside shot. Others try to kill over the hill does that are dried up and infertile. Some like to kill younger ones because their meat is tender and tastes the best. Regardless of what doe you are trying to kill, set up over a trail entering an evening food source. Be sure to sneak in nice and quiet with your Ozonics unit running in your Kinetic Backpack, and when you arrive on stand, hang the Ozonics unit to keep air borne odors from impacting your hunt. You never know when a big old buck will be sneaking by downwind. Just keep in mind that does are a worthy adversary and need to be treated with respect. Often considered the smartest deer in the woods, a mature doe that is aware of you will ruin that stand location. For this reason it is critical to continually check the wind direction and adjust your Ozonics unit accordingly. As Ozonics states – always chase the wind – with the unit pointing the direction of the wind.  Powder wind checkers work well, but I prefer a wind tracker.  These tiny cotton strands will float on the air and you can easily see what the wind is doing 10, 20, 30, or even 40 yards or more away from your stand.  You will be amazed at how radically different the wind direction can be just 30 yards from your stand.

Killing Bucks

A mature whitetail buck is a whole other animal. Some of these deer live like lazy college fraternity guys who only have a couple things on their mind. Others act like the boss of the woods, looking to fight whoever glances at them funny. One thing is certain though, bucks don't want to help raise fawns or get nagged at by does. The feeling tends to be mutual, where does don't have much tolerance for mature bucks until breeding time. Basically bucks just want to be left alone to get fat, hang out with the guys and breed when they have the chance. Bucks don't require fancy or comfortable bedding and, in fact they prefer to find little nooks and crannies where they think no human will ever walk. As long as a buck can have the wind at his back so he can see what is downwind of him and smell what he can't see, he's perfectly comfortable bedding there. You'll know a buck bed when you find a single, bigger matted area that generally lies perpendicular to the predominant wind.

Mature bucks tend to travel by quartering into the wind or what I call “Killer Winds.” Keep this in mind when creating stand setups because occasionally a hunter who is trying to keep the wind in his face will accidentally be creating a situation for a buck to walk downwind of him. Even when using an Ozonics unit, it's best to keep the shooter bucks in front of you and in your shooting lanes, instead of behind you where you are less likely to get a good shot. Created for efficiency with a constant goal of conserving calories, mature bucks will often quarter into the breeze, downwind of doe bedding areas or preferred food sources. Knowing that, a good stand location to kill a mature buck on his feet is not on the edge of a food plot, but rather a distance downwind where he can travel through the thick cover and feels safe while still scent checking the plot. Or, keeping in mind the different heat cycles of your doe groups, set up between their core areas, and intercept the buck as he is making his rounds. Be sure to be diligent with your Ozonics because you never know, the buck may come through even further yet downwind of your stand location.

As we mentioned earlier, no two deer behave the same, so don't hunt them like they do. To be honest, the deer’s unpredictable behavior is part of what makes hunting so much fun. The challenge of successfully matching wits with the world's greatest survival machine is incredibly rewarding. Consistently killing mature deer, be it bucks or does, takes a lot of work. Do your homework, put in the time, pay attention to the details and utilize Ozonics to ensure that the deer never know you are there.