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I HAVE THE WIND RIGHT. BUT I KEEP GET­TING BUSTED

Outdoor Life - - NO EXCUSES -

You got caught tak­ing a tree­stand selfie, didn’t you? It seems th­ese days, ev­ery­one is try­ing to film their hunt or update their In­sta­gram feed from the tree. That means they’re not sit­ting still. “Peo­ple un­der­es­ti­mate how well a deer can see,” says Kerry Wix, a pro­fes­sional videog­ra­pher who’s filmed hunts for some of the big­gest names in out­door tele­vi­sion. “That’s why I think it’s eas­ier to teach a hunter to run a cam­era than to teach a videog­ra­pher how to hunt. If you can’t read a deer’s body lan­guage, you’re go­ing to screw up and move at the wrong time. I like to fol­low the 10-foot rule: If a big deer is walk­ing through the tim­ber, you can plan on him go­ing about 10 feet be­fore he stops again to look and listen. That’s when you make your ad­just­ments, be­cause when he’s stand­ing still, you’d bet­ter not move a mus­cle.” If you just want to kill a buck, leave the cam­era at home and the phone on silent in your pocket. —W.B.

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