Sierra wrote:I have a question kinda along these lines, actually.
The land where I hunt has three existing ladder stands that are up in good positions year-round. When I can scout, I only go close enough to the stands to verify there has been deer traffic. Each of these stands is in a good place, so it allows me to choose a stand based on the wind. And, I have seen deer while sitting in these stands.
My question is, despite the evidence that deer seem to have adapted to these stands' presence, I wonder what the reigning opinion might be about how much the stands being there affects the deer and their movements. These stands have been there for many years. Would you presume it to be better to have a stand always just be there? Or would a newly placed stand be better? Just curious what others' experience has been.
The other factor, is that I know that another two gentlemen have permission to hunt the property, and one of them uses these stands. Of course I can't be sure how careful he is, since we have always hunted different seasons. If he should bump deer near one of these stands, is it natural to presume the deer would associate the disruption with the stand, or no, since they have been there so long?
The reason I ask is because this year I have no time really and hardly a budget to invest in preparing for hunting properly, so I will be utilizing these stands rather than setting up my own, as I intend to do next year. I have a spot near some water I'd like to try, but I also though about another stand setup specifically for those deer that may be avoiding the permanent stands when others are there.
Hope this made some sense!
rthomas4 wrote:All of my stands have been up for at least 5 years or more. Some of them are ladder stands, some are tower blinds, and I have one shooting house. The deer are just as accustomed to them as they would be if an old broken down piece of farm machinery was sitting there. Every year, I kill deer out of three particular stands, and I always manage to either see deer, kill deer or get trail cam pictures of deer near every one of them. Counting all of my permanent stands, just on my 75 acres or so, I have six locations that stay up year 'round. On our dog club, we have at least a dozen permanent stands for still hunting, and some of them have been in place 20 years or more. Those stands are used by every member of the club during the season..........and some of those guys smoke and eat in the stands; but we still kill deer out of them.
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