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.
I recently completed my first skull plate mount of my buck antelope from the 2010 season. I used a kit from Van Dykes, and I thought I would pass along the tips my dad shared with me, as well as one or two I figured out on my own. I have only completed the one antelope kit, but these tips should work for kits for other species as well.
1. Leave as much depth to the skull as possible when you remove the antlers/horns from the skull of the animal. This...