FINDING A GOOD STAND SITE
There are 5 key factors to consider when looking for the perfect stand setup. The first factor is being close to the deer. Finding the bedding and feeding areas where you hunt is key. Deer always begin or end their day here. By doing a little bit of homework and spending a little time before the season starts, you can find the hotspots to intercept that buck during travel patterns. When looking for an evening stand, focus more on feeding areas.† For morning stands, focus on bedding areas.
Once youíve chosen a food source or bedding area, then you can begin to look for pinch points or natural funnels in terrain or cover. Even though trails keep deer on course, natural funnels do it better. For example; wooded fence lines, small steep sided valleys or hollows, old logging roads, and other things of that nature. Pinch points can also help to keep buck in front of your stand, this is very helpful when rattling or grunting. Although when calling, buck always look for a downwind advantage, natural funnels will sometimes work to your advantage.
Another key factor is wind direction. Find out which way winds normally blow at your stand. Then place the stand on the side of the trail that will get you downwind of the normal travel patterns. If your not sure about wind direction or want to find out wind direction for hunting trips you can visit www.noaa.gov which is a site that tracks weather patterns. Winds do not always blow the same direction, but they should be to your advantage about 90% of the time. Also, when hunting mountains donít forget about thermal winds. Thermal winds usually rise in the morning as it warmer and go down in the evening when it gets cool again.
One thing that some hunters do that can really turn a good stand bad is set their stand right on top of a trail. Theirs two reasons why this is a bad idea. First of all youíre shrinking the vital zone on the deer and in most cases giving yourself a one-lung opportunity. Its much better to be set up 15-20 yards off the trail to give yourself a good clean shot at the heart or both lungs.† And secondly, this will also keep your scent away from the trail and better your chances of not spooking the buck when it does come time for the shot.
What is a good height for a tree stand? It is good to be high enough in where leaves and branch will break up the outline of your body, but not too high as to where they limit your visibility and shooting. Also, take into consideration the terrain; you donít want to be at eye level with a buck approaching your stand. When youíre in areas that are heavily hunted move higher in the tree to catch more winds and keep your scent blown out of the area. This will also keep you out of view of the average deer..
BY Gavin Craig
Pabucks.com Pro-Staff Member
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