Most all of us are guilty of it.
When we begin a hunting season, it’s hard to show the discipline to avoid plunging right into the deer cover and heading for stands that simply produced the most bucks over the years.
The catch is that every time one plunges into deer cover they run a high risk of educating deer. Obviously, hunters run the risk of deer seeing, hearing or smelling us getting to and from, as well as while in stand. That tips off deer to their being hunted, potentially causing them to shift more to the neighbors or even limit daylight movements.
For as potentially damaging to future sits hunting can be, I firmly believe that more deer are educated after we leave the woods than while we’re hunting.
Deer can smell the odors we leave behind for as much as 2 days after we left them. Something as seemingly harmless a breath on a leaf can be educating the deer well after we’re gone.