Tree Stand Tactics: The hunt’s not over when you come down from your stand

7 12 2010

Tree Stand Tactics is a series about the some of the useful tips and tricks I’ve learned by paying attention to other experienced hunters.  As a new hunter I know that I have a lot to learn, and I’ll never pass up an opportunity to learn any tried and true methods. You don’t have to be a new hunter to pay attention to this series.  It’s always a great idea to sharpen up on the skills you already have.  As I continually learn more about hunting I will offer up more of these articles tagged ‘Tree Stand Tactics’.  These tips my not necessarily be related to tree stand hunting, just hunting in general (I just like the alliteration).

This decent sized 11 pointer above is an excellent example why it’s just as important walking quietly out of the bush as it is walking into the bush.  A member of my gang, Fred, shot this buck on his way out of the bush a week ago Sunday morning.

He recounts of that morning, on his way back to the four wheeler, this large 11 pointer walked right up to him about 20 yards away. Fred waited quietly and patiently until he had a clean shot, then he took him down. “It goes to show you that walking slow and quiet pays off,” we’re his words of wisdom to me (I know that I’m more than likely guilty of making a little too much noise when I’m coming down from the stand and walking out of the bush).  The beer can wait an extra minute or two if it means a shot at a beautiful buck like this.

Fred is one of the more experienced hunters in our gang and I definitely pay attention to the tips he has to offer me.  Even after a long morning sit seeing nothing he didn’t find himself disgruntled and just hop down from his stand and tromp out of the bush.  His experience has taught him that he’s just as likely to see a deer on his way out of the bush as he is on his way into the bush. The hunt is not over until you are actually out of the bush.


Responsibilities of Hunters

2 12 2010

I just came across a post from WiredToHunt, A Reminder of Our Responsibility As Hunters.

He makes a very good point. Not everyone hunts, and there certainly are a lot of people out there that believe the sport shouldn’t even be allowed. Now I could argue until I’m blue in the face on the morality and ethics of hunting, but what I want to do here is reiterate the point that WiredToHunt is stating.  We, as hunters have a responsibility to build and maintain a positive image for this sport that we love.

Some important values to hunt by:

Respect the animal

Never take a shot if you don’t think it will be a kill shot.

Appreciate a kill, an animal gave it’s life to feed you.

Exhaust all options before giving up a search for a hit animal.

Respect the environment

Leave a small human foot print and make sure you pick up after yourself.

Respect your neighbors

Don’t trespass, get permission to hunt on a property.

Also get permission to track shot animals if they wander onto neighboring properties.

We can all work together as a hunting society to prove that we hunt for the love of the sport and our appreciation of wildlife and the environment. A respectable hunter will take the time every so often to review and understand our responsibilities.  Before your next trek into the woods take a minute to consider why you hunt and the image you, as a hunter, want to leave on the non-hunting society.