Hunting season is nearly a month out in most places and many people are starting to get the fever. Everyone is heading out to the local sporting goods stores to grab some corn or attractant of their choice (where legal) or headed to check their stand setups and trim shooting lanes. Grab your cameras and your saws and let’s head to the woods, but first discuss a few tips to make your trip more successful.
One of the biggest mistakes many people make when hanging new stands this time of year is hanging them where the deer are now, not where they will be in October and November. Right now, most of the deer are congregated in large agricultural fields such as soybean or alfalfa but come October when that velvet’s gone and the beans turn yellow you won’t be finding those big bachelor groups in those same fields. In early October, the onset of fall is rolling in and the deer are transitioning from their summer ranges and food sources to their fall ranges and a new food source. It is detrimental to your success to figure if you do not figure out what those next food sources are and target them for your fall hunting locations.
Now, before we get fired up about hanging stands we usually get the trail cams out and get in on the velvet rut action to get us there. Before you just dump out that bag of corn and point your camera at it, Let’s take a few seconds to talk about a couple of tips to make that card pull more successful. The first rule of camera set up never faces your camera east or west, unless you’re looking for some cool sunrise and sunset pictures. If at all possible, face them north to prevent the glare of the sun from ruining a picture of that giant velvet buck. If north isn’t an option, straight south is the next best thing. Just try to minimize any east or west angle. The second tip is to bring a weed eater or weed wacker of some sort to clear all the grass or debris in front of the camera to avoid that piece of grass setting off the camera five thousand times that first few weeks. These two simple steps will make that first card pull that much more satisfying.
One final thought before closing. When climbing in or out of stands and trimming shooting lanes it is extremely important to stay attached to the tree at all times. Or if you’re hanging a new stand I use a linemen rope to keep me connected all the way up. Once you reach the top you can tie in your lifeline or safety line and from there you can be attached to the climb in and out. Returning home safely to your family is the number one goal so be sure to always use proper tree stand safety to avoid a tragic accident.