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Approaching your stand location?....question

Ok.....I'm still what i consider a newer deer hunter.....so bear with me

this is the logic i follow

for the morning hunting, i take a route that goes through the woods, well before sunrise, to my stand location...figuring the deer will be out in the fields at night

for evening i take a route through the field.....figuring the deer will have gone back to the woods mostly ( i did scare up a few that were still out in the corn last year though)

the goal was to get to my stand with the least bothered deer possible.

questions
1) is this the best approach? and does it even matter?
2) what do you do if you don't have a choice of where you walk? do you just go quietly and hope for the best?

thanks!
I'm trying to work on my game

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Approaching your stand location?....question

I'll be interested in the answers, I had the same dilemma last year. Here is what I did.
In the morning I would wait just until shooting light and start walking to my blind through the woods, there was one area I would walk through that was only low shrubs and small trees, many mornings I would see a fawn or doe moving through there, one morning I was a buck standing there with a doe staring at me, so I shot him. Then when I got out to my stand in the mornings I never saw another deer. One morning I did go out about 20 min later and when I stepped out into the field there were 2 fawns in front of my blind, but that was all I saw in the field in the morning.

In the evening I would try to stick to the perimeter (road side) of the field and make the shortest walk in to my blind, I don't think I ever spooked any, I saw a few come out in the field.

Your Technique sounds similar to what I tried, which seemed to work and probably what I'll do this year.
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Approaching your stand location?....question

The age-old question of how best to get to the deer stand...

I think you have some sound logic when comes to the approach. However, it is far easier to approach the stand in the evening when the deer are bedding in the woods than it is to go through the woods to your stand in the morning.

If possible, try to avoid walking through feeding areas when it's dark. You are correct in assuming that you'll spook the deer out of there and never see them again in your stand. Without walking too far, try to get to your stand from another route. My problem is with walking too far, I start to get hot and sweat...which the deer can smell.

I always try to hunt in the woods near a bedding area in the mornings and near a feeding area in the evenings.

Hope that helped. Thumbs up

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Location: central, IL
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Approaching your stand location?....question

I ask, cuz I'm looking at buying some land.....and i scoped it out....so I'm already planning on where i'd want to put stand.

if you have a stand at a field/food plot edge.....how do you get to it in the morning??? even if i go through the woods, would getting into the stand freak em all out?

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Approaching your stand location?....question

The only way I have ever gotten into a stand along a crop field edge in the morning is by using the wind and a creek that ran about 10 yds from the stand. I would slip into this creek about 400 yds. upstream. Provides excellent cover because they can't see you and they can't hear you, and when you play the wind they won't hear you. It is a painstakingly slow sneak to that stand, usually taking just over an hour to go that 1/4 mile. This stand was on a 5 acre bean field and I was able to get into that stand undetected many times the year I hunted this field and eventually took a 150 class 11pt. and saw many deer. I've tried other attempts to get into other crop fields in the morning, but have since gave up on that strategy and concentrate on travel routes close to bedding areas.
Not all stand sites can be accessed without disturbing deer and you must not attempt to get into these places. Always pick a stand site that you can access without detection.

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Approaching your stand location?....question

Just walk to the stand and pay no attention to any Deer that you may pass. There aint no real good way to get there without spooking some animals but I believe that if you just ignore them and make no eye contact with them then most will just go on about their business. Deer never are where they are supposed to be when their supposed to be there and always where you never think theyd be.

That being said, you should plan your egress and ingress when you are planning your stand location.

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Just walk to the stand and pay no attention to any Deer that you may pass.

If you're gonna do that, make sure you're in your stand at least an hour before sunrise. Maybe if you're lucky the woods will settle down and the dumb ones will forget you're there.

As far as the eye contact, that's what I've always been told about panhandlers on the street, but deer? I've spooked plenty of deer I never made eye contact with...and never saw them again. eye roll

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Approaching your stand location?....question

build 2 stands stay out of the field. short fastest quietest routes. half hour before shooting light and 2 in the afternoon.

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Just walk to the stand and pay no attention to any Deer that you may pass.

If you're gonna do that, make sure you're in your stand at least an hour before sunrise. Maybe if you're lucky the woods will settle down and the dumb ones will forget you're there.

As far as the eye contact, that's what I've always been told about panhandlers on the street, but deer? I've spooked plenty of deer I never made eye contact with...and never saw them again. eye roll

Most of Deer killed are "the dumb ones". The smart ones are rarely seen and even more rarely killed which is why they are.......smart. Think

Anyone who believes that they are gonna "sneak" past a Deer in the woods are just kidding themselves, as you alluded to, you spooked plenty of deer. Best thing is to spend as little time possible on the ground spreading your scent around, even if you do smell like a "Doe in heat" or a Pine tree that has been peed on by a Red Fox.
The question asked dealt with Deer feeding in a field and bedding in the wooded area surrounding the fields, any deer spooked while walking to the stand in this situation will almost undoubtedly have calmed down in just a short while and proceed into the field to feed, provided they think that you were not hunting them and were just walking by. Of course woodsman-ship should always be practiced, I certainly didn't mean that you should just throw that out.

As for the eye contact with panhandlers in the street, I have heard the same thing also, never make eye contact. Yes

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Approaching your stand location?....question

I'm not sure I understand what your problem is but here is what I do ! first when I put up a stand very seldom do i watch over a field if i can avoid it second i try not to face the east or west (to avoid having to shoot in the sun ) I scout out the area and find where the trails are and see if deer are using it look for scrapes etc if i find a good trail that there comming and going on i will place the stand there in a corner along the edge i like to be about 10 to 15 feet up and make sure they have some cover this helps them feel secure and they will come out better i like to put bait out about a week before i hunt generaly i put the bait out mid day (apples) when i go to my stand i park my atv about a 100yrds from the stand i like to wait till legal shooting time before i go in (1/2 hour before sun rise here ) then I take my time going and leaving ..3 or 4 steps stop look and listen then again mornings i stay till about 11am then leave for lunch back in at 2pm till dark or when i feel like leaving ,legal time 1/2 hour after sunset last season i got a 6 pt buck after i left the stand he was standing in alders at the main trail i came in on and never saw me about 30 yrds away there is no set rule when it comes to deer you can see them anywhere any time here is a pic taken from one of my stands there has been probably 30-35 deer taken from this stand over the years many on opening day !( not all by me ) hope this helps you out some ...good luck Yes

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Approaching your stand location?....question

Deer get real nervous when something acts sneaky. If you walk at a steady pace looking ahead rather than looking all around, many deer will stand motionless and watch you walk by. I believe this is especially true with mature deer. I have walked 5 to 10 minutes ahead of my wife while hunting and had her see deer coming out of cover to sniff my trail. Both she and I have walked up on deer when we were crossing open fields in the dark. The last time I did this, the deer huffed at me so close that I tripped backing up and landed sitting down. My wife was with me and seemed to think this was very funny.

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