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#5972697 - 10/11/15 09:45 PM How Early?
Brandon82 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 04/17/07
Posts: 475
Loc: Dallas,Tx
How long have you sat in a stand before daylight to shoot a specific buck? I feel like I'm making to much noise walking to my stand. Thanks in advance.

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#5972718 - 10/11/15 09:53 PM Re: How Early? [Re: Brandon82]
stxranchman Offline
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Registered: 08/04/10
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As much as 45 minutes to almost an hour last year at times when I was after one specific buck. I drove in to put my stuff in the blind then spread out corn by hand and with a road feeder. Then parked and got back in the stand ASAP. I had to put out extra corn to hold the deer since the deer where in before daylight eating in front of me.
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#5972741 - 10/11/15 10:04 PM Re: How Early? [Re: stxranchman]
Brandon82 Offline
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Registered: 04/17/07
Posts: 475
Loc: Dallas,Tx
So since I'm being kind of noisey on the way to the stand, should I get there early enough to let everything settle back down. Or should I take my time walking in and tip toe to the stand?

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#5972751 - 10/11/15 10:08 PM Re: How Early? [Re: Brandon82]
wgonfan Offline
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Registered: 07/17/08
Posts: 761
depends... if you are hunting a high pressure area or a place where feeders aren't reliable like I do then you may need to be seated and completely settled at least 1hr before shooting light. which for me means that I need to get to the stand (climber) about 2hrs before LST.

luckily, most deer activity is between 8am -1pm in my area so over the last few season I've actually been walking to the stand right at LST and settled by 8am just in time to see the deer start moving thru. bigger bucks tend to move between 10a-12pm - YMMV

do you run game cameras? why time is that buck coming in?

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#5972762 - 10/11/15 10:12 PM Re: How Early? [Re: Brandon82]
wgonfan Offline
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Registered: 07/17/08
Posts: 761
Originally Posted By: Brandon82
So since I'm being kind of noisey on the way to the stand, should I get there early enough to let everything settle back down. Or should I take my time walking in and tip toe to the stand?


I love hunting after a rain or a heavy dew so that I can walk at a moderate pace & not make a bunch of noise! Outside of that you're going to make noise and no amount of being sneaky will make enough of a difference. even less so as dry as it is right now. Id say just walk normally to your stand dont worry about the crunchy leafs but do try to avoid breaking limbs. If its a big old mature buck youre after you best just wait until the leafs are softened and the wind is perfect.. dont risk it otherwise.

but thats just my two pennies.

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#5972766 - 10/11/15 10:15 PM Re: How Early? [Re: Brandon82]
stxranchman Offline
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Registered: 08/04/10
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Originally Posted By: Brandon82
So since I'm being kind of noisey on the way to the stand, should I get there early enough to let everything settle back down. Or should I take my time walking in and tip toe to the stand?

How long or far of a walk do you have?
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#5972776 - 10/11/15 10:20 PM Re: How Early? [Re: wgonfan]
Brandon82 Offline
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Registered: 04/17/07
Posts: 475
Loc: Dallas,Tx
Originally Posted By: wgonfan
depends... if you are hunting a high pressure area or a place where feeders aren't reliable like I do then you may need to be seated and completely settled at least 1hr before shooting light. which for me means that I need to get to the stand (climber) about 2hrs before LST.

luckily, most deer activity is between 8am -1pm in my area so over the last few season I've actually been walking to the stand right at LST and settled by 8am just in time to see the deer start moving thru. bigger bucks tend to move between 10a-12pm - YMMV

do you run game cameras? why time is that buck coming in?
One morning was 3:15am and the other day was 9:00am

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#5972780 - 10/11/15 10:22 PM Re: How Early? [Re: stxranchman]
Brandon82 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 04/17/07
Posts: 475
Loc: Dallas,Tx
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Originally Posted By: Brandon82
So since I'm being kind of noisey on the way to the stand, should I get there early enough to let everything settle back down. Or should I take my time walking in and tip toe to the stand?

How long or far of a walk do you have?
About 200 yards

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#5972804 - 10/11/15 10:36 PM Re: How Early? [Re: Brandon82]
stxranchman Offline
Obie Juan Kenobi

Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 52092
What are you walking thru that is so noisy? Do you use a spin feeder?
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#5972812 - 10/11/15 10:42 PM Re: How Early? [Re: stxranchman]
Brandon82 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 04/17/07
Posts: 475
Loc: Dallas,Tx
Downed trees and limbs that I mostly step over, and a lot of leafs. Yes I use a spin feeder.

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#5972849 - 10/11/15 11:32 PM Re: How Early? [Re: Brandon82]
TexFlip Offline
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Registered: 08/18/12
Posts: 9622
Loc: Chambers County
I drive to most stands and either park directly in front or 15-20 yards behind. Get there 30-45 minutes before first light. I shot my biggest buck on a drizzly morning 10 minutes after sitting down and I was running late and got there at sun up.

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#5972900 - 10/12/15 02:53 AM Re: How Early? [Re: Brandon82]
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Registered: 01/11/09
Posts: 5111
Loc: Germany
I would say deer aren't scared exclusively of noise. I've walked right up on deer in the woods before with lots of leaves on the ground. If you're worried about the noise, try changing up your step to be less rhythmic (like a human). Take long pauses, pick up your feet, and tread lightly. It may take you a little longer to get in the stand, but you won't sound like a freight train (human) coming through the woods.

It goes without saying to approach your stand with the wind in your favor as well.

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#5972963 - 10/12/15 07:11 AM Re: How Early? [Re: Brandon82]
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Registered: 12/10/10
Posts: 1779
Loc: Waco, TX
I've gotten in the stand 2 hours early before and just took a nap. Set my alarm on vibrate for 30 minutes before legal shooting time and killed the buck the 6th day in.
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#5972988 - 10/12/15 07:40 AM Re: How Early? [Re: Brandon82]
8pointdrop Offline
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Registered: 12/16/11
Posts: 4790
Loc: My favorite place TEXAS
Just work the wind and get in the stand is all I do. I'm usually set up a half hour before legal. Walked right up on deer in the before legal light, they trust the dark hides them.

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#5973233 - 10/12/15 10:15 AM Re: How Early? [Re: Brandon82]
stxranchman Offline
Obie Juan Kenobi

Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 52092
Originally Posted By: Brandon82
Downed trees and limbs that I mostly step over, and a lot of leafs. Yes I use a spin feeder.

I always take the time in late summer to clear a path to my stands. Mow it, weed it and trim limbs if needed. If had a lot of leaves I would rake me a smooth path if needed to get in and out of the blind as quiet as possible.
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