Treestand Height

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The optimum height for a treestand is 20 feet. This keeps our feet about 18 feet above ground-level, which is the distance necessary to prevent the thermals from drifting are scent down to the deer.

Unfortunately, not all terrain allows for stands of this height, but whenever possible 20 feet of elevation should be our goal.

-Jim

Forcing the Issue

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Most hunters climb into the same stand day after day. They do this regardless of whether a buck has busted them are not. Whitetail bucks have a short memory, but they can certainly remember which tree they saw you in for the remainder of the hunting season.

You’d be better off moving your stand, even if it’s just 50 yards, than staying in the same stand and trying to force the issue.

Better yet, is to have a secondary buck and location to hunt.

-Jim

A Bit Lazy

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Most hunters are a bit lazy. They are content to sit and watch a primary food source, let’s say an alfalfa or soybean field, night after night and year after year. Even though a lot of big bucks are killed in crop fields, they don’t tend to produce consistent success.

The hunter would be far better off to place a stand 100 or 200 yards away from the food source and hunt in the transition zone.

-Jim

The One That Got Away

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The thrill of killing a buck out of a tree pales in comparison to the thrill of following a track and taking a buck face-to-face, on his own terms. It is a joy that is unbelievable.
-Jim

Reaching the Unreachable

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The biggest and baddest bucks are almost always just beyond our reach. They didn’t get big by being stupid.

Trying to attract deer with calls or scents they just aren’t interested in will not work.

There is one exception to this is the rut. Generally speaking, the biggest bucks are harvested during the rut.

Try the tarsal gland scent from another buck? This is almost irresistible to bucks during the rut.

Please notice the almost.

-Jim

Tracking

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The thrill of killing a buck out of a tree pales in comparison to the thrill of following a track and taking a buck face-to-face, on his own terms. It is a joy that is unbelievable.

-Jim