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Sticking Around

Postby Swede » 01 30, 2019 •  [Post 1]

What determines how long you can sit in your tree stand and how many days you can last?

As RJ and others here can tell you, I can make a long day of it and do it for the entire season if necessary. I have stayed in my stand for over 13 hours and was back the next day for another long spell. I have had bulls bugling and even breeding just out of sight, and I did not move. I sat and waited. BTW: It has paid.
It was not always that way. I remember the first time I tried to sit in my new homemade stand. I lasted about an hour and was so bored, I bailed. So: What changed? What did it take to convince me, or would it take to convince you to stay put in your stand?
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Re: Sticking Around

Postby stringunner » 02 13, 2019 •  [Post 2]

If there is fresh sign, if I have had a good run of game cameras for the 30 days leading up to the hunt, and if I don’t get a lot of other hunting pressure during my sits, I can stay 13-16 hours per day for 8-10 days. After day 10 my vacation is up and I be got to go home. 8-)
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Re: Sticking Around

Postby Lefty » 02 15, 2019 •  [Post 3]

My dad was a whitetail stand hunter when I was a kid. I did not fair well I did not have the patience to sit.

I still can’t sit long in a goose pit, or ground blind.

I had a little Bear on a bait , he knew I wouldn’t last long and generally waited until I was out of the blind to run in and grab the good snacks, the little guy had less patience then me.
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Re: Sticking Around

Postby Swede » 02 15, 2019 •  [Post 4]

What keeps me going to my stand and keeps me there is confidence it will pay off. I have a lot more confidence in a good stand than any other way of hunting elk. I could not sit like I do in a stand if I was not confident it would work. One of the biggest problems I have observed with other stand hunters is they want to move around too much Stay put unless there is good reason, based on some real evidence, to leave.
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Re: Sticking Around

Postby Lefty » 03 14, 2019 •  [Post 5]

I know that in a stand or ground blind is more effective for me than other methods. But I find it too slow for me. Ive had one ground blind location that was the exception. I was entertained by thew amount of sage grouse, Hungarian partridge , chuckar, song birds, jack rabbits , cotton tail and pygmy rabbits. The place was incredible.
I did have some huge bulls come into me under 40 yards,,.. Lets put it this way I learned a lot hunting elk from a blind those few hunts
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