I remember a post a while back about someone making a mistake and a newbie finding the information useful, so thought I'd make a post of some of the mistakes I have made in the past Hopefully they will help someone, I know i've learned from them. Always believe you can learn something new everytime out All veterans please chime in.
I can remember one of my first times in a stand using a bow I grunted in a nice 8 pointer. I was looking the opposite direction when he came in and when I heard the leaves crunching behind me I whipped my head around as fast as I could and bam just like that at 15 yds he bolted. I learned several lessons on this one.
1. It was the first time I sat on stand more than 45 minutes, it pays to stay in stand as long as you can. I typically sit at a minimum of 3 hrs now a days.
2. That dang grunt tube really worked!
3. Wear a face mask and gloves to conceal my xposed skin that looks like a warning signal.
4. And most obviously keep your movements to a bare minimum and when you do move do it very slowly.
Another time I was set up in a stand watching over a CRP field. Seen several does early and after spending my time on stand decided to leave. So I lower my bow dowm with my rope and start climbing down. Half way down the tree here comes a nice 10 pt coming straight to my stand. Luckily I was able to get back into the stand, but that did me no good because I had also dropped the rope down with my bow when I lowered it ,) I did however get to observe him from my stand while I was reciting every cuss word I could think of under my breath. Lessons learned:
1. Give yourself another 15 minutes after you decide to get down. Hang in there.
2. Once that deer got downwind he cautiously retreated.
3. I was able to get back in the tree because I was able to climb up on the back side of the tree. He had no clue I was there.
4. Most importantly, tie that darn rope to the stand and leave it there for future hunts and so you can get your weapon back up to your stand when you need it!