Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
bigsandynorth1

Need Help

9 posts in this topic

My problem is I built this stand 4 years ago i I thought was a sweet spot. I always see scrapes and deer droppings so I figure build one here. Again, this year there is a ton of sign, lots of oak trees so the deer have been in there thick eating acorns and there is plenty of scrapes. The problem I have is when walking to the stand in the early morning, I always jump deer and I think I am walking across their bedding area to get to my stand. I could take another way to avoid thier bedding area, but it would be a far walk and I hate to walk through the heart of the woods that early in the morning thinking I might jump other deer as well and mess up the hunt for others in my group. Secondly, I have only seen a few deer out of this stand and I am wondering why, because I know they are there.

They don't smell me in the stand, I use plenty of scent killer and the 2 deer I have seen have no idea I am there.

Should I just do what I have been doing and give it time, or should I consider different routes to the stand, am I wrecking my hunt by walking this route? Thanks and good luck to everyone, 1 more week of work!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

...The problem I have is when walking to the stand in the early morning, I always jump deer...

my 2 cents. Get to the stand earlier, or only hunt days/evenings in that stand making sure to be very observant on your walk in.

Or...

Figure out which way the deer are running when you jump them. Build a new stand there. Than have a "friend" hunt the old stand while you hunt the new one.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you are jumping deer to get to your stand, you need to either get there earlier(which may not be possible as those deer may or may not have been there for a really long time. The other option is to get to your stand from another way. I have a friend who has to walk 3 times longer than it would be as the crow flies for this exact same reason.

Might have to do a little extra walking but it could pay off.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree with what everyone says I would look at taking another path. Or go super early but who knows how long they have been there. If its a comfy stand have a sleep over. There long but they can pay off.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Not all stands are morning stands... if you're jumping deer upon entry - you're also educating them. Hunt the stand long enough and the deer will move out of the area. I'd hunt that spot strictly in the evenings. Maybe hang a portable a few 100 yds away that you sneak into in the AM without bumping them off.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If its their bedding you might want to move the stand, dont want to keep jumping them, sooner or later there gonna stay away.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Are you using the stand for Gun(rifle or shotgun) or Bow?

Because if you like that spot and use it for gun (rifle) then it wouldnt hurt to move it further away from where it is and to still have a clear shot to the bedding area. We ran into that same problem with my stand 2 years ago and then we figured that I would always wait for the rest of the guys to get to their stands first before I would go to mine. Atleast that way when im spooking the deer, my group is well in place.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the input, I am leaning towards taking a different route to the stand, I better bring the GPS or just use it as an evening spot.

Thanks again and good luck

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Try a different route first.

Otherwise you could setup what I term a "calling" stand. I have one in a similar situation to yours. I can't get to where I want to with out spooking the deer. So I setup a stand before I spook them and call to the deer to draw them in. I don't expect any natural deer movement through that area. I only use it in late Oct early Nov but the second time I used it I called in a very large 10 pointer (a 140 class). Ironically I had never seen him before that.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • The new ones don't stay in place very well either. I don't think you would want to put your weight on one either but they work for what they are. Now I kind of seem to remember seeing them at their shop, one the reasons they were redoing them was because enough air didn't go thru them too well.  I think a product right between these two designs would be perfect.Thanks for the reply, 
    • If this happens I will move to Canada but not for the healthcare, just the fishing. Any more bailouts and I riot, we all should, I don't care what they are for.
    • Nah, you and your glorious leader have already shown that you are intimidated by men in tights.
    • Well despite our so so play that last couple of weeks we are still doing pretty well. Really wish we could have closed out that game against Vancouver this road trip but its a long season and we will win/lose games that should have gone the other way many times. Wild are currently sitting 6th in the conference, we have the best goal differential in the west (+16) and 4 games in hand on the two teams behind us. Read somewhere our advanced stats are good too. Dubs is playing amazing, our D is alwasy solid. Scoring is still somewhat of a issue but we are sitting middle of the pack in the NHL so as long as the D holds we should be ok.
    • Those are the 1st gen covers. They done stay in place, at all. Definitely not child or dog proof. I bought the new honeycomb version at the show and they seem way better. 
    • Start one? Bahahahahahaha!
    • Well the teriyaki sticks are very good, I made them to Curlys recipe but with powdered milk (RH1) and more water to compensate. Then I made the pepper sticks but instead of water I used Grainbelt Nordeast, close to three bottles for a ten pound batch. I also added powdered milk, minced garlic from a jar and mustard seed.  What a great flavor! These mixes are proving to be tasty.    I'm smoking 3 loins of canadian bacon on Saturday.    Come on ice!
    • You guys need to start an HSO drama club..    
    • Just hold the bottom of the ducer to your ear with the unit on and if you hear it clicking it's good. If not it's junk.
    • Where did you get those heavy duty hole cover with the holes in them? I just checked their site and don't see them. I might have to stop over at their office today. 
  • Our Sponsors