Here are some useful tips that will help you place your stand for success.
Whether you’re buying or building, picking the spot for that stand will be the single most important factor in determining your success. Below are a couple key tips to help you select the perfect spot.
- Elevation. Having the height advantage will improve your sight lines, keep you out of view and reduce the chances that you’ll be winded.
- Multiple shooting lanes are must. Even on the most travelled game trails you can never exactly predict where your quarry will emerge so be prepared with has many open lanes as possible.
- Easy access. Having a stand embed off the beaten path may seem ideal but if you don’t have a silent route of access it will increase your odds of scaring off any potential game on the way in or out.
- Pattern and place. Determine a pattern of you game and then strategically set your stand based on these patterns. For example if your game is moving from their bedding to a field in the evening stand placement between these two points will drastically increase your success rates.
- Sight-lines matter. Even if you’re never going to shoot your bow longer than 40 yards, it’s always an advantage to see what’s coming and get prepared well in advance.
- Switch it up. More for climbers or hanging stands, but don’t be afraid to move your stand even another direction in the same area. I’ve seen deer in an area modifying their travel route by only 30 yards once they know a hunter is in the area.
- Backdrops and blending in. The fanciest camo in the world won’t hide you if you don’t having anything to blend into. Make sure your surroundings will hide your silhouette.