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Still hunting/stocking thoughts or experiences please

Am excited about my new discovery of still hunting. i dont have to sit in a tree stand all day anymore! I have read just about every article available online on how to do it right but am more interested in personal experiences or thoughts. i am living in new hampshire. thanks!

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joliverpaul,

Welcome to the forum. I too am interested in your topic. Any skill that we can hone with good information will increase our enjoyment of hunting.

I have been at it for a long time, since the early 1950's, and most of the big game hunting has been done in the hills of Vermont. Still hunting has accounted for some game however just taking a stand has taken more.

Perhaps the most important thing is hunting in an area that was scouted to have the most game.

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Still hunting is moving SLOWLY through the woods. You need good optics and USE THEM CONSTANTLY to pick out the game you seek before they see you. Best is to move up or across wind to keep your scent from alerting the game. You can't move too slowly!!!. Keep your steps uneven and never take more than a few steps at a time before stoping and looking all around (including behind you) for several minuites. If you are familiar with the sounds deer make as they walk through the woods, that is the pace you want to use.
I have done this successfuly many times, catching deer in their beds.
Stalking is sneaking up on game that you have already located visually. Use cover to mask your movement and watch the wind direction and move as silently and slowly as you can.
I think you will find this to be an exciting experience when you sneak up on that first bedded deer! Good luck and don't discouraged as it can take some time to get it right.

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Welcome to BGH joliverpaul.

I have never "seriously" Still Hunted for Deer, just too thick where I hunt.
I have Still Hunted Hogs though and have came across a few Deer and have see a great many more white flags running off in the distance.
You can usually hear Hogs way before you will see them so I dont move as slowly and quietly as necessary for Still Hunting Deer.
As I get older(and fatter Big smile ) I reckon I'll have no choice but to learn the art of Still Hunting though but, as of now, Stand Hunting is still a challange for me.

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Congrats! These methods are my favorites and I have written several articles on the subject. I have used these tactics in many areas across the country as well as in Africa. Some key points is to stay in the shadows, move very slowly, if you think you may be moving too fast you probably are. Use terrain to your advantage when still hunting and espesially when stalking and when your are stalking pay extra attention to the animals body and eye movements as well as other wildlife that could alert the animal you are after.
Good luck.

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got within 10 yds of a herd of deer still hunting, close enough that i could hear them graze and chew.

i only try this with fresh snow , or rain
both tend to kill scent and sound
as well while hunting during snow fall and rain it is very easy to tell age of sign. you can tell fresh -15min-30min -hour-several once you've spent enough time observing

I try to follow sign that isnt minutes old. if i see tracks that i know are really fresh i will sit for 45-90 mins or so before following.

this gives you enough time to follow tracks to see what animal is doing , feeding, bedding, drinking rubbing etc. and lets you know if animals is traveling straight line or wandering etc.

i try get close enough to animal when bush is light and terrain is more open.

don't walk with call or rattle in hand , 2 hands on rifle incase you spook a bedded deer

i am 3 for 3 using this tactic.

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Re: Still hunting/stocking thoughts or experiences please
joliverpaul wrote:
Am excited about my new discovery of still hunting. i dont have to sit in a tree stand all day anymore! I have read just about every article available online on how to do it right but am more interested in personal experiences or thoughts. i am living in new hampshire. thanks!

One thought: it's freakin' hard.

If your problem with sitting in a tree stand is lack of patience then you're likely to have trouble with still hunting. It takes far more patience in my opinion.

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sage, i like your honesty.
i've been spending some time out scouting in the woods. i have yet to see one before it sees me, but I've at least gotten within 40 yards of few. i know this will be the most rewarding method of hunting
thanks for all the tips guys!
-jeremy

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Still-Hunting is probably my favorite method of hunting, but Sage of the Sage is right. Your bound to get busted alot, but it sure can be exciting! Its a discipline that takes a lot of thought and practice as well as study. The best book I've found on the subject is "The Still-Hunter" by Theodore S. Van Dyke. It was first published in 1904 and most everything in it still holds true. Its a classic with a wealth of good information.

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I'm a fairly young hunter (10 years) in Vermont. as a young boy My father would make me sit light to dark with pretty good success of seeing deer. Since I branched out on my own I often site for 4 hours or so in the morning before still hunting. This Fall of '09 was my first archery season. I had been schooled in the art of still hunting since day 1 of hunting. I was able to close in on a old doe from about 120 yards to 45 yards before another hunter spooked her. I've usually haven't seen the deer until its too late unfortunately.

Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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This is a method of hunting that I have been intrigued by recently and I plan on spending some time learning and practicing. I've tried it a few times here and there and at first it was so hard to tame my patience but the more I do it the better I feel I have become. We will see how it goes moving forward. I think I will look into that book mentioned above too. Thanks and good luck guys!!!

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