the preparation a rifle or bowhunter does deer each season, little affects the
outcome of his/her season than effective treestand placement and setup. It is
critical to the bowhunter because of the obviously limited shooting range capabilities
of archery gear. Getting close enough to a deer is the challenge of any sort of
deer hunting that must be overcome if the hunter is to harvest a deer for the
season and to get a shot at a trophy buck.
stand location will produce consistent results annually. Other treestand sites
effectiveness will depend upon local agricultural practices and food availability
in the areas you are planning to hunt. Consider, funnels (areas where deer traffic
is narrowed from a wide to narrow corridor) and saddles (lower points on ridgelines),
stream crossings, farm fields, connecting cover, blowdowns and human traffic can
all act as impetus to direct the deer into tighter quarters are good bets for
deer traffic every year.
sort of "deer highways" in the woods are utilized primarily for the
advantage of cover they provide and the ease of travel they offer. So a deer's
travel patterns are not always linked to food availability alone. Stand sites
located along the trails of these traditional migration routes can
be expected to produce annually, for they are a part of the deers daily
a variety of treestands along a well traveled will produce many opportunities
for you to take the shot. Simply varying the place you hunt each time you hunt
means the deer will be unable to pattern you because we're never in the same stand.
treestand sites over preferred food sources are always a good idea. The problem
is determining which food source is in demand on any given day. Whitetails have
a varied diet and in the early fall when food is plentiful, their diverse palate
will often have them bouncing from place to place in search of different foods.
For this reason, stand sites that overlook food sources can be either hotbeds
of activity or practically barren of deer from day to day. As it gets later
in the season certain food sources will become more plentiful and you can position
yourself in and around these locations
choosing a stand site that takes advantage of traditional travel routes, it is
important to leave the area around the stand undisturbed. Deer are intimately
familiar with their surroundings and quick to notice subtle changes in the areas
adjacent to these highways. Try to set your stand back off the trail eight to
10 yards and on the side of the tree away from the expected approach route. Put
your stand in a tree that offers natural cover in the form of trunk girth or limb
not to hang your stands on the sides of bare trees overlooking travel routes.
This is a big mistake. All this does is alarms the deer that something in their
normal environment has changes and often times will cause them to alter their
course of daily travel and put them in survival mode. Then you do
nothing but end back at square one.
a site that offers you some advantage other than the obvious one of elevation.
Often times placement along a hard curve in the trail, a creek crossing, a steep
grade or any other natural obstacle the deer must negotiate as it travels along
a trail can be a big advantage to the hunter. When a deer moves along a trail
it normally browses or meanders, stopping frequently to survey its surroundings.
When it approaches an obstacle, its attention will be diverted to the obstacle
along the trail, putting you in the right spot to make the shot.
another tactic is to think "probability". Pick the convergence of two
or three trails or get near the corner of a field or transition zone. But make
sure you don't set up right on top of the suspected travel route. Get back 10
or 15 yards and try to have enough other trees and branches to break up your outline.
And try to stay out of their line of sight. Your movement is much easier to spot
if they are coming right at you or are on the high ground.
stands over food sources is a common tactic of bowhunters. Grain fields, orchards,
food plots or oak ridges heavy with mast crops are favorites. When selecting sites
for these stands, consider the prevailing wind directions and favorite bedding
locations. Then, it is a simple matter of observing the field or feeding area
and ascertaining which trails the deer use to enter and leave.
you end up putting your stand consider the location a temporary scouting spot.
If you see no action after three or four hunts move or lay off until the travel
patterns change in that stands favor movement and activity in the direction of
it. Paying attention to detail when selecting your treestand locations will pay
off in more and closer encounters with more opportunities at a trophy buck