A Few Tips for Deer Hunting from a Tree Stand

Tree Stand Safety

A tree stand in a wonderful invention but wind, weather and time can wreak havoc on the structure.

  • Before hunting, check the stand for safety.
  • Check the fastening system that keeps the stand attached to the tree.
  • Are the tree spikes secure?  Can they hold your weight?
  • Make sure your string or rope (used to raise & lower your unloaded weapon or bow) is secure and ready-at-hand.
  • Do you have a harness system that secures you to the tree?

    Tree Stands Can Really Make a Difference! Make Sure They are Placed at Least 10 - 12 feet up - and out of a Deer's Line of Sight!

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Check the color of your tree stand.  I knew a hunter who never got within shooting range of a deer until he realized the bottom of his stand was shiny.  When he painted the tree stand matte, he solved the problem!

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Deer Stands in Dry Areas

In dry areas, deer will drink water each day.  Before setting up your tree stand near a water source, make sure the tracks are fresh.

  • Deer usually get water in the afternoon, before going out to feed and in the morning, before heading to their bedding areas.
  • Have you checked the topographical map for the area for the number & size of local watering holes?
  • Your best chance of getting a deer while watering is if the watering pools/ holes are far apart.
  • If there is too much water in a small area, the deer can pick-and-choose the spot and your chance of being at the right place is smaller!
  • Deer know they are vulnerable at watering holes & they stay alert. Skittish deer will bolt at the first sign of movement or noise.  They don’t hang around to find out who/what made the noise!

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Tree Stand Deer Hunting on Public Lands

  • Stay in your tree stand as long as possible if other hunters are around.
  • Some hunters hunt in the early morning and leave by 8 am, to get to work.
  • Between 10 am and 2 pm:  hunters are moving to and from lunch.
  • All this hunter movement keeps the deer moving too.
  • In this situation, your best tree stand spot where wooded areas meet and form a natural funnel.  Deer prefer to avoid open areas and use these natural screens.

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More on this topic soon!

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