I'm surprised to hear that JPH, really. I know you are as fanatical about this as any of us here, and you are hardly a neophyte. Physically, you are MORE than tough enough to sit or stay out all day. But as you know, like with most things, the mental angle is the tough one.
I know that sitting for an entire day is a treestand is not easy, but what I finally made myself think was that as hard as it was, my chances of having a shot at a deer are 100% better in that stand than sitting back at camp, or Lord forbid back at home doing a "honey-dew".
You might want to try hunting the morning from one stand, then coming down, eat your lunch or even take a nap, and then slowly hunt your way to a different afternoon stand. Yes, while you are sleeping you won't see any deer that come by, but neither will you if you are back in camp either. Besides, when you wake up, you are THERE, and you don't have to risk having deer observe you coming and going an additional time.
The other mental game I did with myself was to have enough confidence in my stand to make myself believe that the longer I sat there WITHOUT seeing anything only meant that the time when I WOULD see something was only getting that much closer, because they WILL come by here. It's a mental exercise that I still have to work at, as now when I ground hunt I constantly have to make myself believe that there's ALWAYS a deer just beyond where I can't see, and I must act accordingly.
But as Tom Hanks' character Jimmie Dugan said in A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN,
"It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard... is what makes it great. "
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