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Old 10-01-2012, 08:07 AM
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Ideally I like to be in the stand 45 minutes before shooting light.
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:09 AM
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Same as the OP, an hour before sunrise, 30m before legal light.
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:22 AM
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One hour plus if im dragging in a climber. Sweating like a pig with gear in a reversed hip pack and a heavy generic climber. Get to marked trees 200 yards deep on a public sliver of land splitting two developments.
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:04 PM
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Same as most of the others - 15 - 30 mins.before legal shooting light.
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:25 PM
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I like to be in my stand at least 45 mins before first light. It allows you to become part of the woods by daybreak. I love the dark walk in with no flashlight. You can actually see better without one.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:06 AM
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You can't shoot in the dark. Get the extra ZZZ's. Get to the stand when you get there. It's how long you sit that matters. If I don't get to my stand until 8 oh well... most of the folks who go out before dawn are wore out and done by 9 or 10... Just be there when you can be there... Of course who doesn't like watching the woods wake up??? It is nice to be early some days...
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:27 AM
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It all depends on what stand it is. If its next to where their feeding. I try and get in about an hr so I reduce my chances of bumping out deer. If it's back by their bedding area. I get in around 30 minutes before light. Theres a lot that should steer you to the right time to get in. Whether and location. Bumping animlas will happen during morning hunts. I used to think my morning hunt was over cause I bumped some deer in the dark, but soon learned that's not the case. Just my two senses.
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:53 PM
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For years I'd get into my stands well before daylight. About 6-7 years ago, I started hunting my way to my stands, getting there when I get there. Since then, I've taken 3 shooters { 120 class and up} on my way into my stands.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:10 AM
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lost my good spot due to the farmer putting up a deer fence...but when i could hunt there in the mornings i would be in the stand 1hour before sunrise..
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:29 PM
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I just try to get there before everybody else so they can push deer toward me.
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