Every archery hunter knows how important treestand placement is. Stands that are set in a huge open grass field are a no-go, open trees are bad news, and shots over sixty yards are just risky. So, as an archery hunter, what can you do to maximize your chances while hanging your treestands for this season?
Use a Food Source:
Deer often stop to feed before going back to their bedding area in the morning, and also go to feed in the evening when they get up from their beds. Hunting a food source is a great option in both the morning and the evening, and also when it’s cold, because deer need to stay on their feet and intake more calories to stay warm when a cold front comes through. Food sources can include corn fields, bean fields, food plots, and oak tree groves where the acorns are falling. When hunting a food source, be sure to remember that more mature deer prefer to stay in more secluded feeding spots until it gets dark.
Over a Bedding Area:
Bedding areas are great places to hunt, although you need to be careful. In the morning, you need to be in the stand well before the deer get back from feeding, otherwise you'll bump every deer in the area. If you can get in the stand before the deer get back to lay down, it can pay off big time. Hunting a bedding area in the evening is usually a bad idea, because deer are still laying down when you walk into the property, and it’s almost a guarantee that you'll bump them.
Hunting a travel route is one of the most common places for a hunter to set up a new stand set. If you can scout and figure out where the deer are feeding in the morning and in the evening, and you can also find where they go to bed down, finding a travel route between the two can be a great go-to option. You can hunt these routes both in the morning and the evening, as it is likely that you won’t bump many deer getting in. It also makes for a great all-day sit because you can catch deer moving from their bed to get food at any point in the day, especially during the later part of the season.
Rub and Scrape Lines:
Rub lines and scrape lines seem simple enough to hunt, but are they? Don’t make it complicated, if there is consistent buck sign, there is obviously a consistent buck. So what makes it so complicated? Rub lines and scrape lines can be short-lived. A buck could be in an area one week and gone the next, so you need to stay on top of your scouting constantly, even during the season in order to properly hunt rub and scrape lines.
What are some other mistakes archery hunters make when hanging new sets?
Go the Extra Mile:
A lot of hunters make the mistake of going into a spot and throwing a stand set in the first tree they find. Can it pay off? Sure, but going the extra mile could be the difference between eating a tag sandwich and harvesting a mature buck.
Straight Trees and No Cover:
Inexperienced hunters, and sometimes even experienced hunters, make the mistake of finding an open tree that makes for an easy, simple hang. Open trees with no cover never work out in the archery world. Use tree limbs, darker woods, ground cover, or whatever you can to stay hidden. The more cover you have, the less likely it is for that buck to pick you off.
Play the Wind:
Be sure to do your homework when hanging a new stand and know where the deer will be coming from and where your shooting lanes will be. Hunting a stand with a bad wind can not only mess up your sit, but could make that mature buck nocturnal for the rest of the season. This is especially important when hunting over bedding areas.
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