Over the years that I hunted from treestands, I would sometimes be on stand a half hour before first light, especially during gun season. It gave the woods, and myself a chance to quiet down.
The last few years that I treestand hunted, I actually started entering the woods at full light, and then stillhunting to my stand, which could take an hour or more. I started doing this, because the majority of the time that I went in to these particular stands, I'd bust deer in the dark that were between me and the stand. After I started doing this, I'd either see the deer first on the way in, and let them move out of the way so I didn't spook them, or a few times I killed my deer on the way in.
It's not applicable in all cases, but don't discount it. It's worth a try!
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