I usually have all of my stands up way before the season starts. But, there have been a few times due to stand location during the season I have moved a stand and hunted it the same day. Took a deer out of it that day. Usually I would give it at least a few days though and try and do it either just before a rain or in the rain. This will eliminate your scent rather quickly.
If I don't hunt the stand the day I hang it, then I like to wait at least a week. But like the previous post, most of my stands are already hung for this year. Better to allow time for the deer in the area to get back to their routine if I spooked them.
Let me start by telling you the story of two Johns.
John number one went on a day hike with a couple of friends in the Cascade Mountains about an hour from Seattle. He somehow got separated from his buddies and became lost. John was dressed in casual cloths for a warm weather day hike and had nothing but a lunch with him. He spent three days in those mountains and luckily made it out to tell the story.
John number two, a friend of John number one, was much better prepared when...