Take a Stand

by Justin on September 16, 2008

Take a Stand

We don’t know how they do it, but deer have an uncanny ability to catch us by surprise. No matter how ready you are, and no matter how loud the woods, a deer can be right on you and catch you flat-footed before you know it.

Once the deer is that close, there’s almost no chance you’ll be able to pull up your gun or bow and make a shot before it spots you, and this is especially true if you’re sitting down in a treestand and need to stand up.

One thing you can do to help avoid this situation is to already be standing at key times of the day. The last hour of daylight is a key movement time for deer, so stand up and be ready that last hour. Expect to see a deer any second and you’ll be ready when you do.

While morning movement is harder to predict, take turns sitting and standing. Make sure you take a good look around before doing so, and move as slowly as possible. You just never know if a deer is in the area.

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3 comments… read them below or add one

Justin September 16, 2008 at 10:18 am

I always stand because I tend to get restless sitting. Even working I get up every 30 minutes or so to walk around.


Arthur September 16, 2008 at 2:35 pm

I stand quite a bit when I’m in a treestand too. It just makes since. And maybe could be the fact that once I got busted by a nice buck because I got caught sitting down.


Matt September 26, 2008 at 5:32 am

Good post. Deciding when to sit and when to stand is always one of the toughest hunting decisions for me. Certainly daybreak and the last hour of daylight are good times to be on your feet and ready!


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