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Im just wondering when would be the best time to put up my deer stand. Lots of deer in the area and im just worried about making to much noise and pushing them out.
 

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I usually put mine up at least a month before I plan to hunt, and I do it in the middle of the day, less apt to be deer out and about. But in my experience, if you put them up well in advance, even if you spook a few deer while you're doing it its no big deal.
 

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Im just wondering when would be the best time to put up my deer stand. Lots of deer in the area and im just worried about making to much noise and pushing them out.
Hello NBduckhunter. I agree with the earlier posts. If you've got a spot picked out I think the earlier the better. Deer will take some time to get used to the new stand. I try to assemble as much of it at home or away from the location and carry it in by hand if possible. Also putting it together with large lag bolts (pre drilled holes) or other means saves loud hammering in your deer woods. I also use scent control and quiet entry and exit while scouting and/or hanging stands. If you do bump a deer they will come back as long as there is something for them, ie water, food, cover, etc...another thing if you plan on using a ladder or other means of getting into the tree I put it out good and early too. Deer will adjust to each new addition as you bring things in. the more comfortable they are the better chance you will have.
 

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Dont give these critters too much credit. I put this stand up 3.5 hours before all this happened. I put the stand up in the rain at noontime and seen a small buck in the process. When the rain stopped I decided to go in and hunt. I brought a bucket of apples with me and then the rest is on video.


Some people think deer are the smartest animal in the woods. I disagree strongly. I trap a lot of different animals and hunt alot of different animals and I think deer are easily the most predictable animal in our neck of the woods.

P.S. SimpleLife this is your future bow in action..LOL
 

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Dont give these critters too much credit. I put this stand up 3.5 hours before all this happened. I put the stand up in the rain at noontime and seen a small buck in the process. When the rain stopped I decided to go in and hunt. I brought a bucket of apples with me and then the rest is on video.


Some people think deer are the smartest animal in the woods. I disagree strongly. I trap a lot of different animals and hunt alot of different animals and I think deer are easily the most predictable animal in our neck of the woods.

P.S. SimpleLife this is your future bow in action..LOL
Well hopefully it brings me some of that luck with it
 

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my 2 main stands are already up as they are perminant stands and I just go in early in Sept to make sure they are all in safe condition.
 

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Hunting around on an old unused logging road in bird season last fall, I found myself jumping deer nearly every time I came into one area in particular.
The road comes to a dead end at the edge of the 20 year old chopping and you're hit with some very mature hardwoods, which were fairly open on the right and thick on the left of the trail; typical deer territory. This is where I'd jump the deer. When the rut started in near the end of October I started finding scrapes there, and as the leaves fell I came across some serious rubs from years passed.

During bird season I'd find the deer in there around 10am so when deer season came around I walked quietly in there on a frosty, windless morning around 7am. When I came to the end of the road and on the edge of the hardwoods I stared into the open hardwoods on my right where I'd spook the deer in bird season. Little did I know there was a fella on my left, back in the woods about 50 yards behind some blowdowns eyeballing me. He jumped and a big white flag went up and bounced away through the dense woods to my left, no chance for a shot. I figured then that 7am wasn't early enough, so the next weekend I got in there at 530 and sat down in a probable spot with good shooting lanes all around. It was another frosty morning and as soon as the sun started to break through the trees the crunch, crunch, crunch of a deer resounded throughout the woods. The deer ended up crunch, crunch, crunching right around me, just out of view and eventually out of the area.

Needless to say, I'll be setting a stand up in there soon for this fall. I scouted the area in December '09 and again this past May. There are some serious game trails all through the area and also an old stand that hasn't seen a hunters ass in about 15 years by the looks of it. I want to get a stand up by the first week of September. And I'd like to find a spot where the bucks were rubbing last season as no fresh rubs were laid in that particular spot last year, just scrapes. There are a lot of young firs about 8 inches in the area that I'll take a bucksaw to and use for the stand. I'll set up about 10-12 feet off the ground and cover it in fir boughs.

I'm amped for the season to come. Those close calls last fall really set a fire in me for the upcoming season.
 
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