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F&S read­ers re­veal their deer hunt­ing su­per­sti­tions

At deer camp, the evening be­fore the opener, we gather around, drink a beer, and hang the hoist and gam­brel from a tree. We failed to do this one year and went with­out any meat that sea­son. Never again.

—JUSTIN HARTNETT

My hunt­ing bud­dies and I must eat waf­fles open­ing morn­ing. If we don’t, we have a bad year. Guar­an­teed. No calls, no elab­o­rate scents, no scent block­ers, no de­coys, no tree­stands—just waf­fles. —TRAVIS ARTHUR

I carve a jack-o’lan­tern ev­ery Hal­loween, then place it near my stand and sit over it all day. I’ve shot mul­ti­ple bucks that have come to scent-check a doe nib­bling on the pump­kin.

—ISAAC HACKETT

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