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How Early Do You Get Into Your Stand?

How long before legal shooting light do you get into your stand?  I like to be in my stand about an half hour before legal light.  Do any of you get into the stand earlier than that?

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Half hour is bout rite for

Half hour is bout rite for most of my stand's,but i do have a couple that i have to wait till you can just see and sneak in.Their useally already in there an when you go in in the dark you get busted...Go'n in after daylite give's me a chance to bust one if their in there...There's a couple of guy's on Ga lease that go 2 hour's B4 daylite...not me....Course some of them have a "small cottage" as a tree stand...Ha!....

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+1 what chrisp said. Who is

+1 what chrisp said.

Who is the famous bowhunter from the Midwest who has taken so many B & C deer? His name escapes me, but he came to NC several years ago to talk whitetail hunter. He said that he has actually slept in his stand with his sleeping bag to kill a particular buck. He shot the buck and says he felt that was the only way to get him after several attempts. That's dedication.

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Sleeping in your stand to get

Sleeping in your stand to get a buck is definitely dedication.  Now I could see sleeping in a ground blind, but a hang on stand would be tough.  Maybe it was one of those nice enclosed stands where you could have some room to stretch out a bit and be protected from the elements. 

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Nope, he sleep in a loc-on

Nope, he sleep in a loc-on type stand...I don't think he ever hunted a "box" stand, as we call them.

I love to hunt but I can't see sleeping a stand for a deer...

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Two hours?  I don't think

Two hours?  I don't think so.  I'd be cold and fidgety way before shooting light. 

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It depends where i am

It depends where i am hunting, but usually I go about a half hour also.  However, the tactic I am using makes a difference.  If I am going someplace where I am relying on the deer to be in their "normal" patterns, then 1/2 hour is fine for the woods to settle down.  However, sometimes I target areas where I think that other hunters will push deer to when they come in and out of the woods.  If that is my plan, then I will get there a little bit earlier, but not much.  It just depends on how far I have to walk.

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I am generally 45 minutes to

I am generally 45 minutes to an hour early.

If I am hunting a food source in the morning, I will be an hour early easily.... because I want the deer to have time to "settle down" after my arrival.

Planning entry routes to the stand is crucial for these types of stands - but I guess that is another thread altogether.

If I am hunting travel routes or just areas where I hope (by vitue of knowing the deer in any given area) to see a deer cruising through - I may only be 45 minutes early.

I never go in at daylight or past that time unless I have overslept or had to put people in other stands and misjudged the amount of time I needed to do that.

I frequently relax and have a coffee before daylight - or I nap for a few moments waiting on daylight.

I hear deer come past me all the time in the darkness and occasionally get busted by passing deer.

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It's interesting that you

It's interesting that you don't try to go in after day light to any stands...we have some stands where we kept bumping deer when we would go in before light...so we starting going in after light when hunting those stands and started seeing more deer...we weren't bumping them when we traveled later...we have on occassion gone to stand later in the am during the full moon and hunted thru mid-afternoon...it we've had some good results hunting this way...

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I think you raise an

I think you raise an interesting point about getting locked into a way of doing something and not stepping back and reconsidering your approach.  I have longed gone in before dark and it is just the way I've done it, but maybe I need to be more flexible and think about hte area and the best time to enter the area.

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Good points ECU - but I am

Good points ECU - but I am going to have a hard time breaking myself of that one.

We do hunt midday stands sometime, in that we do the morning hunt (or sleep in if we had a Bud and Corona inspired evening) and then go to a new stand or the first stand at around 10 am... and hunt the rest of the day or til mid afternoon and then transition to the evening stand.

I agree completely that midday deer - particularly bucks in the pre rut and full rut - can be very susceptible during midday hours.

One of the biggest bucks I ever saw came to check a scrape at 11:30 one morning. I watched him for 30 minutes or more - that is how long it took him to cover the 100 yards from where I first saw him up to where the scrape was.

I have not been great about hunting these hours, I can certainly do better and hunt more by taking advantage of the deer during the midday.

I will probably always go in before daylight, however... I have seen and taken some great bucks at the crack of daylight.

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