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Making Adjustments

Postby Swede » 09 16, 2019 •  [Post 1]

This season I observed a couple of old tree stand locations that were probably abandoned because there was some problem with them. Both stands were close to where they needed to be but there were issues. I would venture to guess they were abandoned because the person(s) that originally placed their stand there gave up discouraged.
One stand was behind some trees and brush that obscured most of the area where an elk was likely to come in to water or wallow. The trails were too far to the right of the stand to offer a decent shot. The other stand was too low and many elk coming in would have instantly seen the occupant of the stand. I too hung a stand this season were it was not optimal. I killed an elk there last year and my son got one this season, but the shot angle is too steep. I needed to select a new tree and move back a ways into a tree with some background cover.
The point here is to remind tree stand hunters that adjustments may need to be made. Until we experience a place for awhile, we may not see all of the pertinent matters. It takes about an hour to take your stand down and set it in a different tree. Do it in the middle of the day and you are likely to not lose much in quality hunting time. It sure beats abandoning a good location.
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Re: Making Adjustments

Postby Elkhunttoo » 10 03, 2019 •  [Post 2]

What do you feel is the optimal distance from the wallow/water hole for your stand?
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Re: Making Adjustments

Postby Swede » 10 04, 2019 •  [Post 3]

It depends on how high I am above the water, but commonly it is about 20-25 yards. I don't like too steep of an angle looking down because there is very little blood trail. I rarely get a pass through and the arrow hitting high on the back means very little blood on the ground. That is what happened to me this year and I could not find the bull in the brush until it was too late.
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