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Old 09-30-2012, 01:21 PM
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Default How early do you get in your stand

I will normally hit the stand about 30 mins before legal shooting time (1 hr before sunrise). Just interested how early everyone else gets there.

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Old 09-30-2012, 01:36 PM
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About the same as you. I set my feeder to go off when I plan on walking in. It gets the deer out of the area when I'm walking in and I don't risk spooking them. They start coming back in to eat within 15 minutes or so and are usually still there when it's legal shooting light.
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Old 09-30-2012, 01:40 PM
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Im normally only 15-20 minutes before the sun comes up, probably should be out earlier though. Its scary walking in the woods in the dark...
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:13 PM
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I try to be in my stand 1 1/2 hours before sunrise (legal shooting light is 1/2 hour before sunrise) That way if i do bump anything it gives the area a short time to calm down. Some of the local farm hands did spot a mountain lion last year out there so it does get kinda dicy but ill take my chances.
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:15 PM
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I like to be in the stand and set up 30 -45 mins before legal shooting light. One of the greatest pleasures of early fall bow hunting is being in the trees, watching and listening to the forest wake up in the morning.
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:45 PM
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Depends on the severity of the hangover. Lol. Just kidding. I like to be in about 30-40 min before sunrise.
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:50 PM
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I rarely hunt mornings, but when I do I try to get settled in a good 30 min before shooting hours begin. In the mid day I get allot of action about now, and early evening. Deer are fat as pigs here already. Must be gonna get cold this winter.
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:31 PM
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I like to exit the vehicle at least an hour before legal shooting. I stand outside the vehicle for 10 minutes to let my eyes/ears adjust. I go over a mental checklist and check wind direction before I start walking
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:51 AM
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I try and be in my stand about an hour before shooting light.
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:10 AM
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30 minutes before shooting light. Only exception is opening day of gun season on public land....Then it is 1+ hour before hunting light as I don't want to get shot going in.
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