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Tree Stand and Stalk Hunt for Buck Deer

Day 1: Which Tactic Is the Most Productive for Taking Deer – Tree Standing or Stalk Hunting

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewAs the rain poured down, and the wind blew, I had cold feet and a sore back. I thought to myself, “Did my mother raise a child who doesn’t know any better than to sit out in this kind of weather and try and kill a deer with a stick?” I had fingers so cold that I probably couldn’t release the arrow if I had the opportunity to shoot. So when I heard my friend coming by in a truck a few hundred yards away, I unsnapped myself from my safety belt, scooted down the icy tree trunk and hurried to the road to flag him down. My hunting buddy rolled-down the window on his truck and said with a big grin on his face, “I’ve got to go back to camp to check on some things. You just can stay here and hunt if you’d rather.” “You lying rat,” I told him. “You’re as cold and miserable as I am. The only thing you’re going to check on back at the camp is how warm the fire is. I’m ready to help you do that. This tree stand hunting for deer in bad weather is for the birds.”

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewOn another hunt a few years ago in relatively unfamiliar woods, I decided that I should stalk hunt to bag a deer. However, as an extremely-impatient person, I hunted under the same theory many sportsmen employed – if I covered enough ground, surely I’d run into a buck somewhere that needed harvesting. As I stalked from place to place, I did see a number of deer. I spotted many whitetails leaving each vicinity when I arrived, heard a great deal of crashing brush as deer fled from cover, saw many brown patches of hair darting through the trees as deer escaped and ever now and then observed an ear tip or one or two prongs of ivory-colored antlers. However, as I stalked I didn’t see any deer that I could shoot. The deer ran quicker and hid better than I could see. I learned that stalking quietly didn’t pay off in deer dividends for me. But I also knew that millions of hunters each year took bucks each year from tree stands and while stalking. I realized that these sportsmen had done something I hadn’t done, and that perhaps I’d find one tactic more productive than the other.

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Tomorrow: Understanding Why and Where to Tree Stand Hunt for Deer

Check back each day this week for more about "Tree Stand and Stalk Hunt for Buck Deer"

Day 1: Which Tactic Is the Most Productive for Taking Deer – Tree Standing or Stalk Hunting
Day 2: Understanding Why and Where to Tree Stand Hunt for Deer
Day 3: How to Hunt Deer by Determining the Best Tree Stands and the Number Needed
Day 4: How to Hunt Deer - the Whys and Wheres of Stalking
Day 5: How to Hunt Deer Successfully by Knowing Whether to Tree Stand Or Stalk Hunt

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Entry 689, Day 1