John's Journal... Entry 71, Day 1
Tree Stand Placement
EDITOR'S NOTE: Will Primos, the founder and president of Primos Hunting Calls, lives in Jackson, Mississippi. His company, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2001, has produced "The Truth Video Series" since 1986.
Question: How did you get started in the game-call
Question: Do you hold any calling titles?
What other interests do you have?
Question: Let's talk about hunting. Where do you
place your tree stand?
I stay as scent-free as I can. The new scent-blocker type suits work very effectively at containing your odor so you don't alert the whitetails to your location. When I finally decide on an area where I think I can have success, I always put up my stand in a site with some type of terrain feature around the tree, because more than likely I'll try to call the deer to me. I'm primarily talking about bowhunting here, The deer won't naturally approach within close enough distance. Behind me I want a ditch, a cliff, a drop-off, a fallen tree, a cane thicket or something that keeps the whitetail from seeing perfectly that no deer is standing there when he looks in my direction. If he sees there's no deer, he'll turn around and go the other way. Some of my crew went to South Dakota in late November, and they rattled a buck and got him in to 90 yards. They hunted in an open field with a lone cottonwood tree. When that buck got to where he could see everything, he stopped and looked around, walked sideways, looked, and when he didn't see anything, turned around and left. You have to make the deer hunt you when you call to them. To make them hunt you, they can't see any deer around.
Question: You talked a little bit about scent-blocker
suits. Tell us more about how you keep deer from smelling you when you
The other day, we hunted a bunch of deer downwind from us. They couldn't smell us because we had our suits on, including the hoods. We took our hoods off to see what would happen, and the deer freaked out. So, even one small uncovered part of your body allows your odor to reach the air and travel to the deer. You've got to use the suits correctly, but they can be very effective. And sometimes they're a pain to use because, although manufacturers do make some lightweight suits, the medium- and heavy-weight suits prove difficult to use in warm, early weather like we have in the Southeast in October and sometimes November.
Tomorrow: Calling Bucks