Am I the only person who prefers bow and rifle hunting in tight spots?
As I survey most of my fellow Wisconsin hunters, their top priority for stand location is often a room with a view... They want to be able to see at least 100 yards in all directions, even when bow hunting.
By comparison, my favorite stand is 15 feet up in a poplar tree facing a dense tag alder marsh in a thickly wooded funnel between ag fields and the marsh. I have limited shooting lanes, but lots of opportunity, and no shots at all beyond 25 yards.
I've had great luck getting in "tight". Even at 52, I still prefer small platform treestands and close quarters ambushes. I feel more connected and tuned-in with my surroundings than in a cushy giant box perched in the open. It forces me to stay on-guard, and I always feel like my luck could change at any moment. As a bonus, I think most deer near me are conditioned to look for hunters in the same old convenient spots, and they rarely consider that a crazy man would setup where I do.
Central Wisconsin Hunter