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Old 09-13-2005, 11:12 PM
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I went to Wal-Mart today to see what else I needed for this upcoming season. I saw a box of Trail Tacks and decided to buy them. As I walked through the store I remembered that you should keep your flashlight pointed at the ground while walking to your stand. This way the deer are not as likely to see you approach. If I had to keep my light on the ground the whole time, I would not be able to see the tacks unless I put the tacks at the base of the trees. Should I worry about the deer seeing my flashlight, since I hunt a mile away from the highway, or should I just put the tacks at the bottom of the tree?
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Old 09-14-2005, 01:04 AM
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I have never had any trouble with the deer being scared of the light. The noise you make and the smell you leave behind is the worst 2 things against you. The light they are used to, there is always cars going everywhere shining lights around and they get used to that.
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Old 09-14-2005, 01:57 AM
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Maybe somewhere deer never seen artificial light. But I dont worry about it. But cant use trail markers around here,People take them off to mess you up. And plus there are so many hunters you end up using others tacks and go around in circlesor end up at their tree
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Old 09-14-2005, 02:51 AM
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i shine my light , find my tack, turn it off when i've gotten to it, i repeat....i use the light at all......
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Old 09-14-2005, 07:17 AM
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Be sure to conceal your tacks so they are not visible from all directions (if possible). Stand at the beginning of your trail and look for a tree far off. Keep it in sight and walk to it. Place your tack and move on to the next tree. I would suggest making a trial run at dawn or dusk to make sure you can see them before you go in under total darkness. You also want to watch out for limbs that might cover them up.
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Old 09-14-2005, 07:24 AM
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Dont worry about scaring off the deer, they wont mind. Those tacks stand out so bright too that you dont even have to have direct light on them. The first time i used them i was shocked by how far off you could see them.
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Old 09-14-2005, 08:27 AM
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I know alot of guys who actually place the tacks at the base of the trees so most folks won't see them. I believe most hunters actually walk in with their light pointed approximately 3-4 feet off the ground.

Personally, I put my tacks up high on the tree...7 feet or so...as I know most hunters aren't likely to look that high. I have never had a problem with spooking deer because of this though I do get in early.
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Old 04-12-2021, 02:08 PM
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I use a product call Invisible Trail Glow. It's a spray that is invisible to everyone even with a flashlight. You use a UV FLASHLIGHT . You can be extremely stealth and no one knows. It's your own private path in the woods. No tacks to be stolen or removed. My trail has been there for 3 years now. It lasts long but I want to touch it up this year. Their website is invisibletrailglow.com. Hope this helps!
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Old 04-12-2021, 03:22 PM
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Originally Posted by zak123 View Post
I went to Wal-Mart today to see what else I needed for this upcoming season. I saw a box of Trail Tacks and decided to buy them. As I walked through the store I remembered that you should keep your flashlight pointed at the ground while walking to your stand. This way the deer are not as likely to see you approach. If I had to keep my light on the ground the whole time, I would not be able to see the tacks unless I put the tacks at the base of the trees. Should I worry about the deer seeing my flashlight, since I hunt a mile away from the highway, or should I just put the tacks at the bottom of the tree?
What you should be worrying about is being that poor a hunter and woodsman that you have to stick tacks in trees to find your own stand. Very poor form!
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Old 04-13-2021, 01:19 AM
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I use light colored flagging and just wait till it gets light enough to see. The time difference is maybe 15-20 minutes. I figure it doesn't pay to go in much earlier if you are announcing that a hunter is coming with a flashlight.
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