Imagine yourself on a crisp winter morning. The view from your tree stand shows you a serene forest blanketed in white, with no tracks on the freshly fallen snow. There is no noise except the boasting song of a male cardinal. It’s so quiet you can practically hear his feathers ruffling when he moves.
Finally, the proud eight-point buck that you’ve been stalking all season comes walking through the trees and wanders within range. As you ready your shot, a breeze picks up and rattles your ladder. Before you know it, the buck scampers off and you missed your shot.
Times like this, when a good hunt has been ruined by noise, is all too common among hunters. But you can take the right steps to ensure noise never scares away your season’s trophy.
Most of the time, you will make more noise going from your truck to the stand than you will throughout the rest of your hunt. Smashing through weeds, rustling sticks, and stomping leaves will scare off deer for miles, so it’s best to make sure you have a clear, uncluttered path to your stand.
Arriving at the stand well before you expect a deer to come through gives you the chance to walk out, climb up, and settle in, long before these activities would send deer scattering. You might have a longer wait, but if you don’t have patience, you probably wouldn’t be hunting anyway. Consider arriving an hour to a half-hour before showtime.
If you’re hunting with a group, keep conversation to a minimum. It’s not coffee time at the local cafe, it’s time to focus, so only talk when absolutely necessary. If you spot something in the distance, tell your fellow hunters with a quiet whisper, but if a funny joke pops into your head, save it for the ride home.
A quiet bow is a happy bow, so give it plenty of attention with accessories and parts that will reduce noise. New strings are always a smart addition, but you can take it even further. Noise-reducing tape around any area that comes into contact with the arrow will eliminate clicks and taps. You can also purchase after-market limbs, stabilizers, cable guards, sight windows, and more.
Tree stands can be notorious for loud noises, but there are plenty of steps you can take to make sure it stays quiet all season long. The first thing you can do it to make sure you are using all the parts from the tree stand kit. There may be plastic washers and other components that are essential for reducing creaks and rattles. You should also grease your stand, but make sure to use oils that won’t give away your location through scent. You can also wrap your stand in noise-reducing materials. The ladder, the stand, different cables, and other parts can all be modified to reduce the noise you could make while on the hunt.
Wearing the right apparel will make a big difference in your hunts. With advanced hunting garments from NOMAD Outdoor, you’ll be able to stay silent in the woods. Our multi-layer apparel uses advanced materials to reduce noise in improve hunts. This is another detail in making you a more silent hunter.
Check out the large selection of hunting apparel available now from NOMAD. You’ll find a wide range of options, including hunting apparel for warm weather. When you need to be silent in the field, NOMAD gives you the upper hand on your prey.
NOMAD Outdoor is pleased to announce a partnership with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF). Now, you can get the same high-quality, premium outdoor wear you’ve come to love and expect from NOMAD, but with a special turkey twist. These items will feature the NWTF logo and be available in both the new NWTF Mossy Oak Obsession camouflage pattern as well as the Bottomland pattern. The best part? A portion of each NWTF collection sale will go to the organization to support their work.
At NOMAD, we love the excitement and challenge of turkey hunting. It’s one of the most difficult yet rewarding forms of hunting, and like many American outdoor enthusiasts, we are always waiting for spring and fall turkey hunts. However, we all need to be reminded that turkey hunting, however enjoyable, can be a very dangerous sport. When done recklessly, turkey hunts can cause injury and even death.
You may have taken a hunter’s safety course, but it’s always wise to review proper turkey hunting safety so you and your fellow hunters can stay safe in the woods and the fields.
Every single state in the nation, with the exception of Alaska, has wild turkey hunting, making the sport easily-accessible to a vast majority of American hunters.
Some states, however, are better than others. According to Realtree, there are nine states that earn an “A” for turkey hunting. These states are located all over the country, so no matter where you live, you’re within a day’s drive of some world-class turkey hunting. So what are the best states for turkey hunters? Let’s find out...