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Late Season Lull #7022618
01/03/18 07:42 AM
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Just a question for the experienced bow hunters out there... I have one 70 acre piece of property that I have one stand and one feeder. Early november had 4 or 5 deer on camera every morning and evening. Now there have been significantly less. Even at night. I hunt every day that I'm able to. Probably been 15-20 times this season. Is this strictly due to my own hunting pressure on the stand?

Couple side notes: I always go in scent free but I seem to stick out like a sore thumb in the stand. Sometimes deer will see me or notice somethings up and they wont blow but they wont come into the feeder either. What have yall done to be better hidden in your tree stands?

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Re: Late Season Lull [Re: PoppaG22] #7022630
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Sometimes they just know something is out of place. Iíve dealt with this on smaller properties where the deer have a small home range. They know every detail and when something changes.

And donít kid yourself on bring scent free. Youíre not, regardless of the effort youíve put into it.


Re: Late Season Lull [Re: PoppaG22] #7022692
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Don't underestimate many of those deer already having met their demise as well especially with lots of surrounding hunting pressure....

Re: Late Season Lull [Re: PoppaG22] #7023319
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Yep. They could have been picked off.


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Deer also know when it is hunting season and change their patterns. Something about continuous gun fire every weekend, coupled with their brothers and girlfriends getting dropped near the feeders will make them stay away.

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Get out of the stand and hunt on the ground near a trail or close to bedding area. They have you patterned.

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It is a bow only county and the surrounding properties donít hunt. I know youíre never 100% scent free but i definitely do as much as possible to be as scent free as possible


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They have patterned you. Once they wind you they are listening and on the smell alert hunting a small place. I suggest adding more stands if you are hunting that often. One stand isnít always going to be right for the wind that day. How far up off the ground is your stand? Is there cover behind you or can they profile you?

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Originally Posted By: Pitchfork Predator
They have patterned you. Once they wind you they are listening and on the smell alert hunting a small place. I suggest adding more stands if you are hunting that often. One stand isnít always going to be right for the wind that day. How far up off the ground is your stand? Is there cover behind you or can they profile you?


Yeah next year weíll be adding another. Itís 15 ft up. Beginning of the year i realized i stuck out pretty bad. So we added some netting around and behind the stand but i cant tell if It helps or hurts because now thereís a permanent box in the tree instead of the occasional figure in a stand.


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