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5 Factors Every Deer Hunter Should Consider When Placing a Treestand

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October 6, 2014
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Stand placement is always a tricky thing. So many deer hunting factors need to come into play.

One important thing I’ve learned over the years is to try to visualize what you will have to consider on the stand at the time of day and part of the season you want to use it.

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While this is clearly a good place for deer, the cedars mean that treestands cannot be too high or visibility is affected.

With that in mind, here are a few key things to consider before setting up any treestand  or ground blind.

1. Wind direction — This is clearly the most important thing when setting up any stand. No matter how many scent blocking precautions you take, it’s simply no good if the wind is blowing from you to the animal. And while wind direction is fairly straight forward, thermals are something a lot of hunters forget to consider. Simply put, thermal air currents rise in the morning and fall in the evening so include that knowledge in your planning, too.

2. Whether the treestand will be used in the morning or evening — This is important because in the former case, you’ll deal with sunrise and in the latter, sunset. Knowing this, you can set up so you don’t stare into the sun while waiting for an animal. Aside from being hard on your eyes, it also means the deer is walking into your position while you are lit up by sunshine.

3. Foliage — You also need to consider how much of the leaf cover will be up when you hunt. In early fall, there’s lots, of course. This influences how far you can shoot, whether shooting lanes need to be cut, how high you place a treestand, and where you place a ground blind. In the late fall when leaves are down, you might find those same stands are too exposed while shooting lanes are not an issue at all.

4. Typical wind velocities — I’ve hunted in treestands set in places where the wind rocked the trees viciously all the time. I would have been better off in a ground blind in those situations. When a tree is constantly swaying, you’re not comfortable and not apt to make your best shots either.

5. Escape cover and how hard a drag it will be — Some places are great for hunting and horrible for deer recovery. For instance, I know one marshy area where deer are thick, but I’d never hunt there. I’m sure the minute I arrow one it will go straight to the most inhospitable watery places God ever created – dragging one out of there would be hell. I’d rather hunt 100 yards or so away from that core area and hope they die before they make it in.

These are a few things to consider when thinking about where you’ll place your stand. Give this some thought before you set up, and you’ll save yourself a lot of trouble.

For more advice on treestand placement, visit Are You Making These 3 Mistakes When Positioning Deer Stands? at Bass Pro Shops 1Source.

 

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Steve Galea
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Steve Galea makes his living as an assistant editor for Ontario Out of Doors magazine, where he is best known for My Outdoors, his back page humor column that has run continuously since 1996. He also writes columns for five weekly newspapers across Ontario and has contributed to several books on the outdoors. When not writing, Steve spends time fly fishing and tying. He also enjoys using bow, rifle or shotgun, depending on the hunting season. His English springer spaniel Callie is an eager grouse and woodcock dog and he values time afield with her.

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  • I didn't know that wind direction mattered while you are up in the tree stand. I figured that because you are up so high, it wouldn't carry as well. It would make sense because deer rely a lot on smell and hearing. I will have to remember this when hunting season is back on.

  • Great tips, especially that last one. Every time I bag a deer in thick brush I promise myself I wont do it again. Of course, that never happens cause i just get way to excited whenever i see a buck under my stand. Bass Pro Shops has some good stands for sale right now in their online store. I just bought the API Outdoors Crusader for pretty cheap. They had it marked down about 30 bucks. Plus i used my Active Junky membership to save a little more. The reviews for it weren't stellar but a buddy of mine has a similar one and it works just fine.