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Fruit Stand Hunting

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Hunting near fruit can be action packed if you know to setup.

Fruit is nature’s candy and wild animals can’t resist it. This is why abundant fall fruit like apples are key early season hunting spots. Whether it’s a full blown orchard or lone crab apple tree, you can’t go wrong setting up nearby if you consider these 4 tips:

Find the Fruit: If your not hunting an orchard this maybe easier said than done especially since some fruit may drop earlier than others. Also, sometimes you may find the big game will prefer different types of apples over others for no apparent reason. To figure out their favorites you need to scout the different varieties, looking for lots of tracks, chewed apple bits, and rubs on nearby trees.

Trails: Several trails may lead to the fruit trees you choose to hunt over. Trying following these trails until you find one with largest tracks, rubs, or scrapes. Pick a spot in to setup that will put that you in perfect position to intercept anything moving on the trail toward or away from that fruit tree.

Stay Low:  Most fruit tree aren’t suitable for treestands and often the areas they thrive in lack other nearby timber for a treestand. As an alternative you can setup a ground blind or pit blind within shooting range. Try to hide the blind the best you can by utilizing local brush and cover. Set it up at least a couple days in advance.

Timing: When you go into hunt near fruit try to arrive early afternoon. Big game aren’t heavily pressured during early season and will often stop by fruit tree as a appetizer before they make their way to an agricultural field.Crossbow Hunting Apples

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A Deer Nose Knows

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A whitetail deer has legendary sense of that is equally underestimated as it is overestimated.

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Make a Game Trail

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Make a Game Trail & Improve Your Odds

Whether you’re setting up a mineral lick, trail camera our picking a hunt site, we use game trails as one of the primary factors for picking that location. Once located we hunker down, setup our stand, camera or lick and hope we can intercept an animal coming down that trail. This rarely goes perfectly as planned as wild game often use multiple trails in an area or branch on and off a trail.

So how do we get them to go where we need them to go?

You make a trail, that’s how. Of course you still want to locate a well traveled trail in your area in to ensure there will be traffic. However, once that is done you can take steps to increase your odds the animal will head in your direction.

  • Remove fallen limbs or debris that could encourage them to abandon parts the trail.
  • Locate and block other know trails with some type of obstacle that will deter game from those paths.
  • Use elevation to your advantage and create a new trail which is easier to travel.
  • Plant brush or trees that will grow, eventually forcing them in another direction.
  • Create uneven surfaces that will discourage ungulates (hoofed animals) from traveling over them.
  • In thick brush trim out a new path (be sure to leave some cover)

Wild game is never predictable but given the option most animals will more often than not take the path of least resistance. So use your landscape to your advantage to create the irresistible trophy trail.

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Morning Hunt Tips

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A number of hunters skip them but morning hunts offer a unique and advantageous hunting opportunity if approached correctly.

Here are some crossbow hunting tips that will help you to capitalize during those early morning hunts.

  1. Early Bird – Get to your hunting area early so you can take your time and sneak in quietly.  It’s always better to be in your stand a hour early than an hour late.
  2. Stealth Mode Turn off your truck/car radio before your park, dim your high beams, close doors quietly, and try to limit or reduce conversation to a whisper.
  3. Organization – Spend the day before getting all your gear ready to go. Nothing worse than scrambling to organize your gear in the morning,  only to realize once you’ve reached your stand that you forget something.
  4. Clear A Path – Try to clear a path to your crossbow stand that isn’t going to be too noisy (easier said than done, especially on a brisk fall morning with a forest floor covered in crunchy leafs).  You’ll never be a completely silent but moving slow or and mixing up your walking cadence should keep your game unsuspecting.
  5. Natures Noise – If there is a creek or river, you can walk nearby and use it to mask your noise.
  6. Scents Sense – You are never going to be 100% scent free but you can eliminate the majority of your body odor by having a shower (use unscented body wash/shampoo). Don’t forget to give your teeth a good brush, as your breath is one of the biggest sources of human scent.
  7. Big Gulps? – If you want to maximize your morning sit don’t drink too much of anything in the morning. Don’t dehydrate yourself but limit intake and stay away from caffeine.
  8. Breadcrumbs – Have your trail well marked so you don’t have to make unnecessary noise trying to find your way.
  9. Lights Down– Try to avoid shining your flash light directly into the brush and instead shine it at the ground, using the ambient light to guide you.
  10. Spooked Situation – If you recognize that you have spooked the animal wait and listen to for them to stop. Once they do, use a call and you may be able to fool them into thinking you were another deer.

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Turkey Setup Tactics

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Your hunting setup is all about preference but if you want to succeed you need to know which one is inline with your strenghts.

When crossbow hunting for turkeys your setup is going to vary greatly based on personal preference. If you know where a flock of turkeys prefers to spend time and have the ability to setup a blind without them seeing you, then this is a great option. Some people consider turkeys more forgiving than deer in a quick set up scenario as they don’t appear to be as aggravated by a new blind in their territory.

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Top 10 Treestand Tips

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These Top 10 Treestand Tips will help put you in position to claim trophy success this season.

1. Location Location Location

Nothing is more important than your stand location so think about local game movement, feeding habitats, crop rotations, water access, wind patterns and other natural elements that might make a stand location perfect.

2. Thick Cover

No matter how much camouflage you’re wearing or what the pattern is you still need enough cover around you to break up your silhouette. Situate your treestand in a tree with some additional branches or a fork to help you blend in or one that may have a number of foliage rich trees behind you that will do the same.