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Tips on Staying in My Treestand longer?

Old 07-24-2010, 10:10 AM
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When I treestand hunt, I'm dictating where the deer will be killed. Too often I see people place their stands in places that aren't the best... in my opinion. If they would have scouted the area more, maybe they could have spotted that funnel area created by an open area and swamp edge. Maybe they may have found that super trail that runs through the cedar where the sun hardly penetrates... a likely spot for deer to walk any time of day for security.

When I place a stand, it's usually because my thorough scouting revealed to me it's the best place to be sitting. I will have, or think I have, strong knowledge of the bedding area(s) and feeding area(s). I'm not placing my stand in "hopes" of seeing something and getting lucky. Now I realize there's an element of luck when it comes to deer hunting, but you can increase your good luck by scouting prior to placing a stand.

Because I have taken great measures learning to figure where I place my stand, I will have found eating sign, hoof prints, feces, rubs and/or scrapes... or perhaps a super trail.... or just a faint suspicious trail hardly traveled through some thick cover.

What all this does is create a HUGE excitement factor for me. It's nice to be sitting in a stand when I know there are deer within my area that are what I'm after. This means that I will be able to sit longer in anticipation of seeing one of the many deer that created the sign that I saw earlier.

Hunt in areas that have already proven there are deer within that immediate area now. That anticipation will help you sit longer!

Good luck,

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Old 07-24-2010, 11:18 PM
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Originally Posted by KsTurkeyDeer24
I usually set in this 2 man treestand, so i got all the room i need. I usually come down too early because im just bored, havent seen anything, or alot of times i just get tired of setting down and i feel like i need to walk.

If you're bored at sitting in the tree stand for a little while, there probably isn't anything we can do for you. If you are that bored, you're probably not paying attention, figiting and wiggling and ruining your own hunt.
My guess is you just shouldn't be in a tree stand.

You might wan't to get into "jump hunting". Find a clear cut or powerline, and try to jump some deer out of their bed's.
Nice work for a little lever 30-30, or 12ga.

Maybe find some people who run dogs and sit "down stream" from them, and wait any action.

You could invest in a nice feeder. Start now, and get them used to coming in to feed, and used to your smell=corn/apples/salt,whatever.
Pattern when they most likely feed and set up your stand 50 or so yards away.
It takes time and money to keep it all going, but those I know who do this, see so many deer, so often, they name them.
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Old 07-25-2010, 06:50 AM
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For me I have learned to stay calm and with age comes more patients in the stand...find a small paper-back book and read it,pack some snacks or a few apples and slowly peel them trying to be a quiet as possible...it never fails that when I have Deer sneak up on me when I'm trying to eat or get a drink.We also carry hand held radio's and it make the time go faster when You can talk to your fellow Hunters and see how things are going in their area of the woods.When I'm Hunting I'm usually on alert all the time...you never know when that Big Buck is going to walk into your hunting area that your controling...always be ready for the moment,when your guard is down is when the Deer show up.I'm always amazed at how well a Deer is at moving through the woods un-detected...you can hear a 16 oz squirrel scampering thru the leafs 50-100 yards away but a darn 100-200lb Deer can sneak up a person and you didn't even know they were there!Like several mentioned..the more comfortable you are in the stand the longer you will stay there,buy a nice ladder stand or climber that has a good seat and large platform,put up a tree umbrella overhead to keep the rain and snow off yourself and pack some hand and feet warmers if your in the colder climate area's.Good Luck Hunting and always be safe when Hunting
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Old 07-25-2010, 12:54 PM
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nice seat cover... at your local hunting store, ten bucks. hunting mag(s) food hot chocolate if its cold
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Old 07-25-2010, 04:12 PM
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Bring extra layers to put on and keep you warm, wear good boots, pack some lunch and water. I also bring a small hand-held electronic Yahtzee game. Make sure to turn the sound off. This is usually enough to the edge off the boredom, but not too interesting to keep from being alert and watching the woods.
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Old 07-27-2010, 07:40 AM
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The amazing beauty around me can soak up much of my thoughts and hours of time,the senses are on overload. Nothing like seeing something,anything to break seasons of boredom. As has been said standing up and stretching can help the stiffness and revitalize the body and mind but a good look around is advised before geting up.I don't eat much and I avoid the high suger stuff and go for more protein type items. Geting a good nights sleep helps a lot because I find I'm so excited about the hunt I lose ground as the weeks pass,so naps are good to catch up on rest and keep fresh. At the end of the season I felt a little like a Buck in full rut,run down weight loss and ready for a long lazy time of sleep. Don't dress to warm or let yourself get to cold it is a fine balance and as has been said layers are better than a few bulky items you can't take off for a lighter cooler choice when it heats up.I do better if I'm a little cool rather than hot it seems to keep me alert.
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Old 07-27-2010, 08:05 PM
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if you have some, take trail cam pics of the bucks in your area you are hoping to see. That helps me out a ton
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Old 07-28-2010, 04:39 AM
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Smoke a Doobie!!!
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Old 07-29-2010, 05:46 PM
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Bring plenty of water! Last year I sat in my treestand from sunrise to sunset the first day of archery (90 degrees) just to prove I could do it. I drank all my water by noon & by sundown I was dizzy & lost my voice. I was lucky to hike out 1.4 miles to my truck where I had more water. Be prepared , bring a thermocell with several reloads, & enjoy the magic of disappearing into the woods when your elevated & still. I never got a shot that day, but I saw 1 bear, i bobcat, 3 coons & 2 gators - it was a GREAT day that I will never forget.
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Old 07-30-2010, 06:40 AM
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Originally Posted by phish500
Smoke a Doobie!!!
Whats A Doobie??? Is that kinda like (HOPE ROPE)?
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