When To Relocate Tree Stands
Locating deer sign and placing a tree stand nearby for hunting is a technique often used by deer hunters. The key to success is being in the most active area during daylight hours. Another is knowing when to move the stand to a new location.
When To Move: The Three Hunt Rule
I generally stick to a three hunt rule. By this I mean that I will hunt a certain set up only three consecutive times in a row. Start with an evening hunt, followed by a morning hunt, then another evening hunt.
On occasion I may use a variation of this rule such as morning, evening, morning or three evenings or three morning hunts. But never more than three hunts from the same stand location. If no success, relocate to a different area.
I have always been more successful when using these tactics. My thoughts are that it keeps the hunting areas fresh and reduces the chances of being detected by the deer. The least amount of pressure is applied in the area. The deer are rarely alerted or spooked. This also prevents being patterned by the deer.
Another reason is that this technique offers the ability to cover more land. Even if the sign is in an area, the deer may be only using it under the cover of darkness. Moving will allow the chance to get closer to the deer during daylight hours.
Give It A Try
Give these deer hunting tips a try and see if they work in your area. I know that they have been very helpful in bringing success to this hunter for the past twenty years or so. Remember that you can always move back to previously hunted areas if the situations dictate. Good luck and be safe.
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