ORIGINAL: Woods Walker
[size="3"]You betcha'........here goes (and I'm answering this from the perspective of NOT using a pop-up blind:[/size]
[size="3"]1. Make your set up so that your stand in in the shadows for the time of day that you expect to be hunting it. You also want to set up so that you take advantage of any terrain features. For example....if the trail that you're hunting has a loop or a bend in it, set up on the inside of it so that the deer's eyes will be looking AWAY from you as it comes round. [/size]
[size="3"]2. Make sure that your set up is extremely comfortable, as lack of movement on your part is even more critical that when you are 18' up in a tree. You are on THEIR turf now.[/size]
[size="3"]3. I like to have as much backdrop behind me when I sit a ground stand. I'm not too concerned about what's in front of me. A little, and I mean maybe a foot or so high, is about it.[/size]
[size="3"]4. The hardest thing about ground hunting is making your drawing move. I like to set up if I can, so that there's trees that the deer has to walk behind as they approach, so that I can take that instant to make my move. If the deer is feeding or otherwise distracted, so much the better. But be aware that deer have monocular vision, and even when they are directly broadside to you they can still see you just as well as we can when someting is right in front of us.[/size]
[size="3"]5. Tie a feather or a piece of unraveled unwaxed dental floss to you bow end as a wind indicator. A puff bottle is good too. I carry both. (A ripe milkweed pod with the "fluff"is also good for this also...and is free). You must CONSTANTLY be aware of the wind/themals, and you need to be mobile to change positions as the conditions indicate. [/size]
[size="3"]6. Get yourself a ghillie suit! [:)][/size]
As a genuine walking landform (think John Wayne gone to seed) I can tell you that stalking can be a really hard way for a big guy to hunt deer. There's been some good advice so far, but here are some tips from the "Big and Tall" department:
1) Get your dimensions down to a minimum-- no packs, no nothing hanging off you. That'd be true for everybody.
2) Moving unseen will be extremely hard, so move and then stay put. Still hunt. But that 'taint stillhunting, that's standhunting.
3) Pre-position 5 gallon buckets along a pre determined route and move from one bucket to the next, giving each bucket an hour. Sit on the bucket and don't move. You can put your lunch in one. You can leave your coffee thermos in another. What about the TP?
4) If you can't sit, pick a big tree on which to lean. Make sure it's big enough that you don't cause the branches to move when you do.
5) I carry a small 4x6 nylap die-cut camo blind with cord around the edges. It goes up between two branches and VIOLA!!! (Who invited her) I have an instant blind. It fits in my pocket. Good idea!
6) One of the hardest parts I've found is fighting sweat. You want enough insulation to be able to stay warm. If you get cold, you'll start moving too much. On the other hand, once you get moving, in all that insulation, you'll start to sweat. Ideally, you want things just right, where zipping up your coat keeps you warm, and unzipping bleeds enough heat to keep the sweat and stink from forming.
Even though I'm a 2XL, I regularly bump deer at close range. Then you're moving too fast! I'd hunt off the ground more, but I enjoy tree stands a lot more.
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