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#6933036 - 10/25/17 10:43 AM What time do you start the morning hunt
varnoldi13 Offline
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Loc: Watauga, TX
I've been reviewing the cam pictures and trying to figure out the best time to sneak into the popup during the dark of morning. Deer are at the feeder at 4-6am and then right after sunup. Being the popup is for bow hunting , it is set up 22 yards away from feeder(which Put deer in the 15-35 yard range when in the feeding area) . Normally I would try to get set up around 5:30 am but after walking up on two deer bedded last weekend I really don't know what time I should head out . feeder is set to go off at 6:30 am and 4:30 pm.

What are some of y'alls strategies for heading out in the morning time.


Edited by varnoldi13 (10/25/17 12:25 PM)

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#6933045 - 10/25/17 10:48 AM Re: What time do you start the morning hunt [Re: varnoldi13]
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Get there before daylight every morning no matter what. Only thing I may change is I may hunt later into the morning. Use a red light while walking in, the deer may run off but they prob don't know you are a human. Also maybe think about changing the way you walk into the stand by using different routes.
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#6933064 - 10/25/17 10:56 AM Re: What time do you start the morning hunt [Re: varnoldi13]
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What time are the deer there in the afternoon?

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#6933110 - 10/25/17 11:22 AM Re: What time do you start the morning hunt [Re: fouzman]
varnoldi13 Offline
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Originally Posted By: fouzman
What time are the deer there in the afternoon?


starting about 6-6:15pm and lots after shooting hours. I Will be doing a afternoon hunt as well.

sapper thanks for the red light tip!


Edited by varnoldi13 (10/25/17 11:24 AM)

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#6933115 - 10/25/17 11:24 AM Re: What time do you start the morning hunt [Re: varnoldi13]
D'hanis Offline
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In a situation like that its tough, there'e not a whole lot you can do. But 5:30 seems a bit early. Not sure where you are hunting but for us it gets light at 7:15 right now which is when I have the feeder going off to avoid deer being there coming in and leaving before I can see what they are. With daylight and feeder going off at 7:15, I get in the pop up at about 6:15

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#6933118 - 10/25/17 11:26 AM Re: What time do you start the morning hunt [Re: varnoldi13]
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30 minutes to one hour before the feeder goes off unless the deer are still primarily nocturnal. In that case, I skip morning hunts.

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#6933127 - 10/25/17 11:30 AM Re: What time do you start the morning hunt [Re: varnoldi13]
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I would change that feeder time to 7:30. I try to be in the stand about 30 minutes before first light.

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#6933150 - 10/25/17 11:43 AM Re: What time do you start the morning hunt [Re: varnoldi13]
TexasKC Offline
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We're in the blind a full hour before the feeder goes off. We do sometimes scare off a few deer on the way in but they're usually the resident "cornheads" and they come right back as soon as things settle down.

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#6933158 - 10/25/17 11:48 AM Re: What time do you start the morning hunt [Re: TexasKC]
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Originally Posted By: TexasKC
We're in the blind a full hour before the feeder goes off. We do sometimes scare off a few deer on the way in but they're usually the resident "cornheads" and they come right back as soon as things settle down.
Exactly! If you're feeding at 6:30 am you're feeding in the dark way before legal shooting time.
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#6933168 - 10/25/17 11:52 AM Re: What time do you start the morning hunt [Re: varnoldi13]
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I sleep in my blind, so I'm there before they are, and have hot coffee to wake up to! up
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#6933173 - 10/25/17 11:54 AM Re: What time do you start the morning hunt [Re: varnoldi13]
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I try to get in the stand at least 30 minutes before first light.
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#6933230 - 10/25/17 12:38 PM Re: What time do you start the morning hunt [Re: varnoldi13]
varnoldi13 Offline
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I was going to move the feeder timer back this weekend for daylight savings time but leave the feed set at 6:30 am . That should put the morning feed set at about first light correct?

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#6933281 - 10/25/17 01:16 PM Re: What time do you start the morning hunt [Re: varnoldi13]
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First order of business for me would be to come up with an alternative blind that I could come and go without spooking the deer that are bedding near your feeder. Needs to be down wind and a bit further away from feeder if you are rifle hunting. Slip in about 10 minutes before legal so you can come in without a light. Probably just a makeshift brush blind this late in the game. If they are bedding at your feeder, you need to shift to stealth mode for the morning hunt.
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#6933296 - 10/25/17 01:23 PM Re: What time do you start the morning hunt [Re: varnoldi13]
D'hanis Offline
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Originally Posted By: varnoldi13
I was going to move the feeder timer back this weekend for daylight savings time but leave the feed set at 6:30 am . That should put the morning feed set at about first light correct?



Yes that should be about right. After daylight savings you should be able to see enough by 6:30 to shoot, 6:45 might be a bit "safer"

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#6933319 - 10/25/17 01:45 PM Re: What time do you start the morning hunt [Re: varnoldi13]
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