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Location: michigan
Joined: 09/27/2004
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Moving My Stand?

I am thinking about moving to a new area about 15 miles from where I am hunting now. Both areas are on on public land. The new area is about 11,000 acre, where the old spot is on about 20,000 acre.
I want to move because I have had 1 tree stand ripped off and there is a ton of bow hunters as well as small game hunters in the area. Saturday night I had 2 kids small game hunting walk right under my stand just before dark.
Is this wise to do or should I stick it out.? I have a seen a lot of nice rubs in the old area but no scrapes yet. I have seen a few does but no bucks.
I can only get out 2 days a week if I am lucky and want to make the most of my afternoon hunts. I live about 30 miles from both areas. I was on a boy scout hike with my son on Sunday and saw some fresh rubs in the new area, I could use the hiking trails to sneak in on.
Any advise would help.
thanks, wall hanger 36

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Location: upstate NY
Joined: 09/27/2004
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Moving My Stand?

what about trying a portable tree stand one that you can carry out with you. do you have strait trees where your hunting? i used to hunt on public land and thats what i used do. try them both and hunt the area that you see the most deer.

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Location: michigan
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Moving My Stand?

Thanks USNYRider I plan on using my portable. It is less than 7 pounds. I am going take a look in the morning find out where he is bedding down and try and find some scrapes. I think I'll put out some apples too since I wont hunt here untill Sunday afternoon. I never baited deer before but everyone here does it.
Thanks again

Location: Minnesota,
Joined: 08/28/2004
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Moving My Stand?

I once read somewhere that most hunters only hunt the the first 1/2 mile of the woods wich makes sense to me I don't want to walk that far either but if you walk the next 1/2 mile so that you are now a mile into the woods the deer will be bigger and less hunter pressure. meaning that it will feel like you have the whole place to yourself. as far as the baiting goes we can't hunt over bait here in minnesota but we can use mineral blocks ,apple blocks and salt licks. Whats nice about the blocks is that they are sort of permenant they dissolve into the ground and the deer still lick at the spot and it keeps them coming back to that spot

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Location: michigan
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Posts: 20
Moving My Stand?

Miliondollarbear, thanks, the 1st spot I had my stand was about 1/2 mile off the road thats the one they took. So moved back into the deeper part of the woods about 3/4 of a mile or from where I park. The other Bowhunters are parked about 1/2 mile down the road in a small parking area. Everynight I have that I have hunted I see at least 4 trucks parked there. I talked to one guy and he said he is a about 3/4 of mile off the road. He took a 140 class 9 piont 2 weeks ago. there is a huge swamp back there I placed my new stand site about 80 yards from where they are going into the swamp. But with all the hunters in there the deer are coming out of the swamp until dark. The new area I Iam cheaking out has a lot more food plots and it is off limits to hunting but the area I found fresh rubs in is on public land and is only 100 yards from a bean field.This spot is half the size of the other spot and kind of hard to find. The bigger area where I had been hunting is just off I-94 near Jackson and super easy to get to.
Thanks again, I will keep you posted on what I find today.

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