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.


Greenhorn Hunting

25 11 2010

One of the new hobbies I’ve taken up in life is hunting.  It’s quite an amazing feeling to sit up in a tree stand, 20 feet off the ground. Waiting, quietly, patiently for that elusive whitetail deer to walk into range.  At which point you have the choice. You decide whether or not it should be taken down.  Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t do it for the sake of killing a defenseless animal.  I do it for the my love of the earth’s bounty, for the comradery, and of course for food. It’s an excellent means of meditation while I sit there in the wilderness all alone, at one with nature.  I know, it’s sounds so cliche to be ‘at one with nature’, but it’s true.  You need to experience what I’m talking about in order to understand.

I currently bow hunt in a group of my father’s-in-law.  We haven’t seen much yet this year, but we’re hoping that it will pick up once the snow start flying. Our gang of about 8 men have only shot 1 deer during this bow season and we’ve only seen 3 or 4.  It seems like the weather and many other factors are playing into this season in a powerful way.

I’m looking forward to be able to share my experiences as I learn to become a hunter.