Using Your Trail Camera For Stand Success

by on November 30, 2010

Surveys have indicated that more deer are harvested by hunters in tree stands than by all other methods combined. One reason is fairly obvious. If you are motionless in a stand, you are unheard and unseen by deer. Stand hunting can be done alone, without the companions that are necessary for a drive, and when ground cover makes still-hunting too noisy.

Stand hunting works in all terrain, in all habitats, and at all times during the year, but is works best during the rut when bucks are on the move throughout the day. Where you place a stand is partially dependent upon the hunting pressure in an area. Where pressure is heavy, bucks generally choose wet, brushy hiding areas. In this type of habitat, it is best to place stands either deep in the cover or on well-worn trails and funnels leading in.

In moderate hunting pressure areas, deer usually use the same feeding and bedding sites, but travel to and from them on routes that have heavy cover and they will wait until nearly dark before entering clearings. Under these conditions, the best stand sites are near the buck’s bedding area. Mature bucks are usually the first to enter and last to leave, so the closer your stand is to the bedding area, the better your chance of harvesting that big buck.

Attaining success in a stand requires skill and patience. The first skill lies in knowing where to place your stand. The most important consideration is wind direction. Ideally, you should set up downwind from the direction you expect deer to approach. Also, if possible, place the stand so that low sun will shine from behind you so that deer are less likely to spot you.

The second skill is the ability to enter and exit the stand without alerting the deer. Again, wind plays an important role. A successful hunter will always enter with the wind blowing from the deer toward the hunter. It is also critical to keep your travel routes scent free. Always wear rubber boots when entering and exiting your stand. Don’t let exposed skin touch any of the foliage since scent will remain for several days.

The final skill is the ability to know how long to hunt the site before moving to a new location. This is an area where your scouting camera can prove invaluable. The information provided by proper camera placement prior to the hunt lets you know not only if trophy sized bucks inhabit the area, but also what time of the day they are likely to pass by your stand.

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