You will fail more often than you succeed, but don’t stop trying. The payoff when it all comes together is worth it! (Creative photo Honeycutt)

The most popular deer hunting methods are trees and raised blinds, but they are no match for the action-packed adrenaline that comes with culling deer from the ground. While bow hunting from the ground is generally not a good tactic for small private property, it can be a good game for large private land and public property.

There are many reasons to use this tactical approach. First of all, you don’t need a tree or an awning to do this. It’s less money and energy spent buying and hanging trees.

Second, it’s easier to change gears if the wind changes or you have to react to the deer’s movement patterns. Sometimes you may notice that the deer are just passing out of reach, and it is much easier to adapt if you are hunting from the ground. You may also see a large deer that you want to chase after, but it is much more difficult to do so when hunting from a high position.

Third, there aren’t always trees where you need them. Ground hunting solves this problem. Just find the right place and sit down.

Of course, hunting from the ground also presents a lot of challenges, and hunters have to ask themselves questions that tree hunters don’t. It is always important to go with your instincts. Instinct is the product of experience and wisdom. You might not always make the right choice, but over time you will get better.

Here are 20 snippets of information to help you get the job done.

1. Increase odor control efforts

Hunting in a tree doesn’t stop deer from smelling you, but when done correctly, it can certainly help reduce the odds. However, you don’t have this advantage when hunting from the ground. It is therefore even more important to improve your perfume management protocol. Washing clothes. Store them in odor-resistant containers, spray them, minimize sweating, check the wind, hunt accordingly, etc.

2. Use reliable wind testers

Weather apps predict wind direction, but not the impact and change in local terrain on your hunting grounds. The wind rarely blows exactly as expected. Remember this.

Also, powder is not the best tool to monitor it. It falls to the ground too quickly to have a good read, or to see what the wind is doing further from the pit. It could travel in the right direction for 10 to 20 yards, but do a 180 and blow in a different direction beyond. Milkweed is the best item I know of to see exactly what the wind is doing.

3. Choose the right time

Deer are temperamental creatures (all the time). But the males are slightly preoccupied during the end of the pre-rut and the rut. Their increasing testosterone levels make them more likely to make mistakes, and once the rut hits and enters estrus, they’re much less likely to stop you. That said, don’t wait for the rut to chase the deer off the ground, but don’t skip that window either.

4. Choose the right pitch

Some areas offer more benefits to those who hunt from the ground. Variable topography areas provide height benefits without the use of a tree. Clearcuts and other areas with felled trees provide abundant cover. Rocky areas with large boulders are also natural ground shades. The list goes on. Hunt in advantageous terrain.

5. Go into the light

Take as little material as you need. This allows you to be quieter, more stealthy, and less visible. It also preserves energy, necessary when hiking on private or public land.

6. Camouflage

It is crucial to wear good camouflage that keeps you hidden and breaks your pattern. The best way to do this is to wear a leafy suit, which makes you less of a drop even with minimal coverage.

7. Yet find a good cover

Finding enough shelter to sit on is an important step in being successful. (Photo Realtree Media)

Even if you’re wearing a leafy suit, it’s important to find a quality blanket that you blend in with. Downed trees, thick brush and other objects provide this. But don’t just cover yourself up to minimize the chances of being seen. Use the terrain and cover as downwind barriers which also reduce the chances of deer entering your scent cone.

8. Sit on a stool

The closer you can sit to the ground, the better. In general, the chairs are higher, making it easier for deer to see you. Sitting on a stool, or even on the floor if you can still draw your bow effectively and safely, is a great way to have a smaller visual profile, so to speak.

9. Use a bow stand

Hunting from the ground means minimal movement. It is imperative to keep your compound bow upright and ready. The best way to do this is to use a foldable, lightweight, and discreet bow stand.

10. Prepare for more shots

When I hunt from a tree, I prefer shots from 10 to 20 meters. When hunting on the ground, it is best to back them up to 25 to 35 or even 40. At these distances it is much easier to back up.

11. Consider carrying a crossbow

Archery hunting from the ground is no easy task. (Photo Realtree Media)

I shot deer from the ground with a compound bow and no blind, but it’s difficult. It is much easier with a crossbow. When and where regulations permit, consider making a horizontal arch instead.

12. Deploy a blind stake

The smallest synthetic awning a hunter can use is a roll-up or fold-up picket shade. It provides 1 to 3 foot coverage, which is generally perfect for bow hunting from the ground. Combine that with natural blanket and you are good to go.

13. Build permanent blinds

The construction of permanent raised blinds is becoming very popular on private lands. This not only elevates the hunter for better visibility for the hunter, but also lowers the chances of being seen, smelled or heard by deer. Of course, these can be built or bought.

14. Buy a hub type awning

Smaller popups are very difficult to bow hunt because their width is usually not wide enough to allow bow hunters to comfortably shoot at full power. That said, the larger hub style shades are great for bow hunters who want to stay at ground level. These also help reduce the chances that the deer will see, smell or hear you. But don’t forget that it is best to brush them well before the season opens.

15. Use natural blinds

You don’t need to build a blind to use one. Rocks, brush piles, cedars, single-trunk trees, split-trunk trees, stream banks, ditches, edges of cultivated fields, tufts and edges of grass, rolls of hay , stone walls and other items serve the same purpose.

16. Having distractions

Retrieving a deer you’ve tagged at eye level is a surreal moment. (Creative photo Honeycutt)

Archery hunters need a distraction to get to full draw. In view of this, there are a few things they can do to get the attention of a deer. Where legal, scent lozenges can distract deer just long enough to back away. Fake scratches, horizontal scuff poles, decoys and other things work too. When they do, you’ll have the whole story!

17. Be extra still

Whether for blind hunting or not, staying still is a must. Deer see very well and perceive the most subtle movements. The only remedy for this is to not move when you can see your eyes. Move when his head is behind a shelter, when he is looking directly into the distance, or when he is distracted.

18. Try Still Hunting

Slowly and carefully easing travel routes, staging areas, and even sleeping areas is a great way to come across a deer on the ground. It is an art, however, and you have to learn patience. Cover the ground very slowly. Stay still for long periods and glass. Be meticulous.

19. Learn to walk the fox

The Native Americans had an excellent method of walking silently in the woods. Technically, it was and still is a form of stalking. It requires very careful and deliberate movement, and certainly requires stealth abilities. To begin with, the hunter moves slowly and takes steps when the game is not looking. Then, taking a step, they land on the outside of the sole of the foot. Then they roll towards the inside of the sole of the foot. If no noisy object is felt, lower the heel and toes and slowly transfer the body weight to that foot. Wearing moccasins makes this much easier. While this technique was used by most tribes, the Chippewa were known to be its masters. Try it on your next hunt.

20. Put a spot and track down

Finally, if you see a deer able to stalk, do so. Wear moccasins or take off your boots and put on socks. Get the wind in your favor and slowly reduce the distance.

All things considered, killing deer from the ground is no easy task. But it’s not impossible, and there are certainly things hunters can do to increase the odds of success. Try it this season and good luck.