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In Your Stand

Postby Swede » 02 21, 2021 •  [Post 1]

Many hunters think tree stand hunting is challenging, and takes more patience than they can generate. I have found myself hot as the sun beats down on me, and cold as I just sit there and wait. Usually my comfort is somewhere between these extremes. I will get out if the weather or my lack of preparations are causing me to be miserable. I have gone to my stand prepared for certain temperatures, and as the afternoon turned to evening, I found myself shivering. It was warm until that cold front moved in, then I did not have enough clothes to stay warm enough to even draw my bow.
For the most part I can stay reasonably comfortable, and I can also keep my mind occupied. Keeping my mind occupied helps me stay comfortable. I read, play sudoku, sharpen my knife, etc. It is all a part of being where I want when a critter comes around. These activities help pass the time when there is nothing stirring other than a bird or crazy squirrel. I try to never lose my focus, by being so engrossed in my secondary activity, that I lose track of why I am there.
How to you prepare for your stay in the stand, and what do you do during those hours of inactivity that are so common?
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Re: In Your Stand

Postby Tigger » 02 21, 2021 •  [Post 2]

Well I wear Sitka so I stay warm so that solves that problem! :shock:

I only tree stand hunt where there is cell reception in MN for whitetails so I check the football games. I surf Wapititalk and check up on Swede to see if he is still out of jail. I will close my eyes, but I do not fall asleep. I focus on my hearing. I divide the time I have left in the stand by how many sandwiches I have left. Okay, I can eat one every 1 hour and 56 minutes. A while later, I can eat one every 1 hour and 36 minutes. Then I eat one and it jumps to 3 hours and 49 minutes. Yeah, I don't mind math.

I might text the wife and some friends too.
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Re: In Your Stand

Postby Swede » 02 21, 2021 •  [Post 3]

It is very rare I have cell phone reception from my stand.

Tigger wrote:Well I wear Sitka so I stay warm so that solves that problem!


Hummmm? Which piece(s) of Sitka gear are you wearing? I wonder why they sell so many clothing items if one or two will keep you so warm? I want to watch Good Will and get just the right items for "warm & dry." :lol:
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Re: In Your Stand

Postby wawhitey » 02 21, 2021 •  [Post 4]

Most of my stands dont have cell service so i rarely mess with my phone. I hate moving around at all. Even reaching back into my pack for a drink of water im always expecting to get busted by a buck that just happens to appear right then. I dont bring food into my stand, going 11 hours without eating is not a big deal. No books or nothin. I basically try to sit as still as possible. I just watch and listen. I dont really get bored or need distractions. Theres always something going on. Birds, ermine, yotes, some sort of critter activity to watch even when the deer are absent. Had a bobcat trot by my stand mid day once. If im hunting early archery ill likely see bears roaming around. In sept 2017 i hunted deer from a stand the first week of september and saw 10 bears that week, moving around munching on dried up service berries. Ill often hear grunting and chasing out of sight in the timber during the rut which keeps me alert. Things can happen fast, i dont want to be fidgeting about with something not paying attention and miss a good opportunity. Just watching and listening to the woods is enough entertainment.
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Re: In Your Stand

Postby Lefty » 02 28, 2021 •  [Post 5]

Tigger wrote:I only tree stand hunt where there is cell reception
I surf Wapititalk and check up on Swede to see if he is still out of jail.
I might text the wife and some friends too.


The canyon I bear hunt has service that's off and on .And Im something around 8 miles to the nearest house . I love to hassle Swede on this forum.
But I learned my lesson, on the phone with my wife,.. ,,, spooked the little bear ,


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Re: In Your Stand

Postby Lefty » 02 28, 2021 •  [Post 6]

wawhitey wrote: I hate moving around at all. Even reaching back into my pack for a drink of water im always expecting to get busted by



Just watching and listening to the woods is enough entertainment.


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