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Move stand tonight or tomorrow morning before sunrise?

Old 11-10-2003, 07:21 AM
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Default Move stand tonight or tomorrow morning before sunrise?

I FINALLY saw a deer this morning but I set up about 75 yards away from where I need to be.

I need to move my stand but I' m not sure when to do it. I can go after work today and get setup in the dark or wait until the morning but it will be dark then too!

I am thinking tonight would be better so I' m not making a racket tomorrow morning.

I' m also a little worried about stand placement since I will be guessing where to set up based on where I saw him this morning.

Any tips?
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Old 11-10-2003, 07:27 AM
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Default RE: Move stand tonight or tomorrow morning before sunrise?

Well if it is a morning stand you should move it tonight, but do not count on that deer coming out at the same spot tomorrow, if the rut is on he may not come through there again for quite a while.
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Old 11-10-2003, 07:33 AM
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The reason I set up there is because the farmer whose land it is told me he was moving through there every morning, heading through a band of woods and then crossing the street by his son' s house.

What is happening is the farmer walks his dog every morning and bumps deer as soon as he gets near their bedding area he moves them through the woods and across the street.

It seems like a pretty regular pattern.
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Old 11-10-2003, 11:07 PM
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Default RE: Move stand tonight or tomorrow morning before sunrise?

If the deer are being truly run out then they will exit through the same escape route they " always" do. But if the dog is busting deer out every morning, I doubt they are the same deer there day after day. Deer are shy not stupid.
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Old 11-11-2003, 05:13 AM
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Default RE: Move stand tonight or tomorrow morning before sunrise?

Tough call. If it is like Taz stated, a " morning stand" , then I would move the stand tonight. However, if the deer use the area both to enter a feeding/bedding area and exit it then tomorrow morning would be the better option since your scent will only be there in the morning when you are ready to hunt.
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Old 11-11-2003, 05:54 AM
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IF you' re sure it HAS to moved, I still think I' d give the old location one more shot. You say you don' t have any tree in mind or specific location at all to move to. So you' re going to wander over in the dark and flounder and make more stink and probably end up needing it 10 yards from where you end up. I' d sit the present location one more time in the AM(assuming it' s a reasonable spot and placed there for a reason other than just some place to hang it). Watch and see if the deer actually use the same spot you saw them(they don' t have to do the same thing every day you know. In fact I guarantee they don' t do the same thing everyday. Anyway, then after you' re done the AM hunt, slip over, look at the sign, if it' s good-- find a tree and set it up at midday as quiet and scent free as possible taking all sign, the sun, cover etc into account. You don' t want to have to do it a 3rd time. Don' t overhunt it(once or twice a week at most when the wind is right) You should have a bunch more if you have the run of the farm. I hang stands in the dark all the time to avoid messing up deer, but I know exactly the tree I' m going to, how high I want to be, where the sun and wind is, etc etc etc. You say you' d be guessing about where to place it. That' s the " Hope I Get Lucky" method of stand placement. I prefer something a little more guaranteed. These deer on a farm see farmer Brown working outdoors, around fields, fences ALL the time. A midday meeting isn' t going to send them into Never Never Land.
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