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Discussion in 'Bucks and Does' started by PoleSnatcher, Oct 6, 2004.

  1. how do you guys go about sitting in the woods all day long? my back starts to get stiff and my legs sometimes cramp after a couple of hours? i'm gonna try taking some sandwiches and something to drink this year to try and stick it out longer and maybe a magazine or two.

    anyone have any tips, i mainly hunt from the ground
     
  2. ShoreBoundOne

    ShoreBoundOne lengthy Member

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    i used to have the same problem....till i bought my tree-lounge...now 8-hours is a piece of cake.

    Mitch
     

  3. Sitting on the ground can get very uncomfortable. I think a comfortable stand is the most important thing. I have a Summit climber that's very comfortable. Something to eat is a must too, for me at least.
     
  4. i got me one of those wedge seats for this year which is spoused to help. any other tips



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  5. Simply put I don't. Hunting from the ground I usually can stand to sit there for about 4 hours before I need to get up and walk around.

    I also make sure to build a blind that will hide any movement of my legs so I can shift them when needed. Always rake the inside of the blind to bare dirt and clear any leaves or sticks before hand and I make virtually no noise moving around.
     
  6. I hunt long hours often - during the rut I've done dark to dark on many occasions. I don't hunt from the ground, so I'm no help there. As mentioned before a comfortable stand is a MUST. I hunt out of built stands almost all of the time. I always pick a tree with huge limbs to conceal me and I put 2 seats in each stand if at all possible. If I know I'll be out there for the duration I bring food & water. I've got an insulated pouch for food that seals air tight and prevents the smell from leaking out. I'll hunt from 1 seat until the cramps set in, etc (for me 2-3 hrs)... then stand for 15-30 minutes....then hunt the other seat. It's my "deer hunting rotation" method :D Lol

    One of my close companions hunts on the ground and puts in long hrs. like I do, but he builds those comfortable ground box blinds like they use up in Canada. He takes coffee, food, heater, you name it. He kills very nice deer too.

    For me - it doesn't matter what I do. If I hunt dark to dark it kills me - just plain whipped. It's just a matter of how bad I'll feel the next day.
     
  7. I started hunting out of a out house ground blind this year. Its nice due to its 6.5 feet tall and 5.5 feet wide so if my legs cramp up I can stand in it and stretch with no problem. I take a 1 liter container of water with me and I eat before I leave the house. Only thing I don't like about the out house ground blind is the windows need to be up a lttle higher.....Rich
     
  8. Procraftboats21

    Procraftboats21 Original OGF Member

    In the early season I hunt the mornings and evenings but when the rut comes around I spend as much time in the woods as I can. Ive been hunting out of a 15ft ladder stand for a few years now and I could never go back to hunting off the ground.
     
  9. H2O Mellon

    H2O Mellon Hangin' With My Gnomies

    Well It really doesnt matter what I do. If I'm in the woods for 8 hours, I'll be sleeping for at least 4 of those 8!!!!! So it doesnt seem so bad for me! There is no more fo a more comfortable time to sleep than while hunting.
     
  10. I know what you mean. I just picked the same one up from walmart. I might go back and get the next size up, kinda a box shape. But yes, very nice when on the ground. Have you had any luck out of yours??
     
  11. Hey 5Cent, I put it up last Saturday at 6am and at 6:50am I had 2 does 5 yards from me. The mature doe acted like it didn't bother her but the yearling knew something was up. A crossbow would be ideal for the outhouse , but a recurve which I shoot is kinda hard to pop a shot off..................Rich
     
  12. I take something to munch on. and some water with me. Wether I'm in a stand or on the ground the most important thing for me is to have confidence in the location I'm hunting. If i feel good about the spot I could stay 24/7. If I don't feel good about it, (wind switch, someone walks through,four wheelers running around ect,ect,ect....), I'm talking myself out of the stand within minutes. Sometimes I fight it, most times I don't.
     
  13. traphunter

    traphunter Guest

    What keeps me in the stand is the thought of missing out on shooting that big buck or doe Ive been waiting on. :)
     
  14. Bassnpro1

    Bassnpro1 OSU outdoorsman

    I'm definately with longbow on this one. The farm that I hunt I have never seen deer moving past 10 am in the morning. It is flat farm country and the deer don't move much period, they bed twenty yards in the woodline and just walk right out into a field and graze and walk right back in. So for me hunting there it is impossible for me to stay in my stand for long there. But the few times that I have hunted other areas that is more old growth forest areas with many more deer in the area and better chances that the deer will be moving later I can stay in my stand longer b/c of the added confidence.
     
  15. since i have school i only get to hunt after i get out....i can usually be in my stand about 3:45......but i have a problem with the place that i hunt. the only deer that come through are only passing by and never stick around or make it a routien to make it through my land every day. this really sucks bc i never see many deer. also....how high do u guys usually go in ur climbing tree stands...i dont know if i am going high enough or not. i usually go up about 20 feet
     
  16. Gfhteen , 20 feet is ideal to be up in a tree...................Rich
     
  17. should i go any higher? also...is there anything i can do to get more deer on my land?
     
  18. How high to climb is dependent on many things. Too much/not enough cover is a big one, plus how high you feel comfortable. Most people think they are much higher than they actually are. I have a lot of people tell me their stands are 20 feet up, but they're actually closer to 14'-15', many times less. 20 feet is up there, but if your comfortable and concealed, stick with it.
     
  19. Try this to get some more deer on your land , buy 50#s of cracked corn and put in a pile or a big pile of apples. Wear latex gloves when laying down the grub..........Rich
     
  20. I always hunt high - that's the way I learned from my Dad when I was a kid. You really need to be careful getting too high with close shots. I usually hunt 18-22 ft and at these heights a shot within 10 yards is much more difficult than a shot at 20-25 yards because of the steep angle. Make sure you practice shots at all ranges from an elevation. I pass on shots that are real close and let the deer get out to a better shot position range. I've missed a couple opportunities at good deer by doing so, but that is just hunting.