The bolded part states my perspective.......you are hunting deer, not just deer that come by a particular tree or down a specific trail. Once you see deer, it is time to kick into predator mode and see what you can do. If you end up busting them, they don't know you are the same guy hiding across the woods in a given treestand. If they do, you are busted anyway. Learn to use terrain to your advantage and start hunting the moment you grab your bow and head into the woods.If a deer is scared enough to get up and run away, what real reason does it have to come back in an hour? On an afternoon hunt we walk in while it is light. If there are deer between us and the stand we can choose to stalk the deer in sight or go to the stand. Personally I would rather hunt the deer in sight than climb a tree and hope they come by. After walking in daylight while climbing up the tree, I have had deer come in looking for a fight because they hear the stand scratching on the bark and think it is another deer. From the time I climb up until it is dark deer can and do come in even though I just walked in during light.
So if we can walk in the light of the afternoon and successfully kill deer, why not the same in the morning. Sleep in the extra hour or hour and a half, that some like to sit in trees in the dark. Stay warm until you can see without a flashlight. Staying warm and comfortable will allow longer morning sits during light when it is legal to shoot. If I see deer while walking in and the wind is right, I will stalk the deer that I know are there. I take my time getting on stand with a sit and climb stand because no matter how quiet I try, close deer will hear you and walk in while the hunter is climbing. If climbing very slowly and listening for the sound of footsteps, for 20 to 30 seconds between each climbing step, the hunter can hear the deer walking in. If you have your bow close, you may get a shot and not have to climb the rest of the tree.
Not saying its the only way, but for the past twenty years it has worked great for me.:wink:
How are you seeing them in the dark? Not being a smart a!! Just don't understandWhat's the rule on walking to your stand and when you start to cross the field in the dark and you see 10 to 12 deer bedded down between you and your stand. What's the best way to get there or do you just sit down til day light..