Words of advice to hunters: stay as long as you can

For those who have been hunting from a tree stand, it is not uncommon to sit for hours on end with little activity in front of you. Of course the answer to that problem is often to leave the woods a little too early.  That would be a bad idea, for sure!

Although your butt may hurt, and you might be board out of your mind, stick with it, pay attention and wait till dark! Good things come to those who wait.

The most recent deer I shot was when I was literally climbing down the tree with my bow at the bottom of the stand. I had been sitting for a while and it was quite a windy day. Nothing had been moving, so I decided to call it quits for the night. Obviously, I left a little too early. Luckily, I had enough time to pull my bow up, knock an arrow, and make a perfect shot on a doe.

Another time I had enough of being in the stand and decided to climb out not knowing there were two deer 40 yards from my stand that I didn’t see before climbing down. While the deer ran away I was busy kicking myself for my stupid, rookie move. I can say from personal experience, that it is definitely better to stay until it is literally pitch black.

So, do yourself a favor and stay in the woods. The more time and effort you put out on the stand, the better a chance of being successful in the field. You can’t shoot a deer back at the house.


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