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What do you guys think about cover behind or near your treestand to break up your silhouette? How much does it actually help and how can you create more cover if theres not much in your tree?

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from Ga hunter wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

I think it helps to have cover around you. Whether it's a fallen over tree or some brush just behind you. It helps you just not stick out so much. If a deer looks up there's a good chance he'll see you and might spook. I haven't had this happen (yet) but the man I hunt with has. I know whenever I hunt I'll have some form of cover around me. To create cover up in a tree is kind of difficult so I would say just try to find stands with some cover right behind you.

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from RockySquirrel wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

I am probably going to take some minuses for this; and right up front I am going to say I HAVE NO SCIENTIFIC BASIS for what I am going to say: But I really believe because of the way a deers eye is constructed; COVER BEHIND YOU IS BETTER THAN COVER IN FRONT OF YOU. I have had deer drop the dime on me and spot me carefully moving and looking from behind a dead fall in a second. I am assuming because they saw me move in reference to background I was silhouetted against. And I have had deer walk right up on me, while i have been sitting in the open IN FRONT OF SANDSTONE BOULDER and my movements (picking up the gun) never registered.

I believe it is because their ability to spot movement is highly dependent on the distance between you and what you are silhouetted against. In short, their ability to focus and therefore judge distances is way secondary to their ability to spot movement.

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from RockySquirrel wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

I am probably going to take some minuses for this; and right up front I am going to say I HAVE NO SCIENTIFIC BASIS for what I am going to say: But I really believe because of the way a deers eye is constructed; COVER BEHIND YOU IS BETTER THAN COVER IN FRONT OF YOU. I have had deer drop the dime on me and spot me carefully moving and looking from behind a dead fall in a second. I am assuming because they saw me move in reference to background I was silhouetted against. And I have had deer walk right up on me, while i have been sitting in the open IN FRONT OF SANDSTONE BOULDER and my movements (picking up the gun) never registered.

I believe it is because their ability to spot movement is highly dependent on the distance between you and what you are silhouetted against. In short, their ability to focus and therefore judge distances is way secondary to their ability to spot movement. BASICALLY: I will put my tree stand on a big tree and try and blend in to the bark rather then look for a tree with plenty of cover.

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from RockySquirrel wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

Sorry; double post gremlin goth me.

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from 007 wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

This is why I like to bow hunt from white pines when possible, breaks up the outline and offers some cover scent both.

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from captaind77 wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

I'd say it's massively important - even more so than what camo you're wearing. I agree that cover behind is probably better than cover in front, but I like to have both. The easiest thing to do is to hang your stand on a tree with other smaller trees nearby with some limbs that will provide cover. If that's not an option, maybe try rigging something up with camo netting or burlap.

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from captaind77 wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

Also, going back to what Rocky said, look for a tree that's wider than you are, and keep your back to it. That's better than nothing.

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from steve182 wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

background cover is pretty important unless you are really high. Even then it's reccommended.

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

I believe that the reason a deer moves its head from side to side when scoping you out is to determine whether you are a pattern in the background or an object in front of it. The closer you are positioned to the background material, the better.
As it moves its head, the deer seems to look for space between you and the background. If the deer sees that you seem to move in relation to the background, you have been made.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

Blending into your background is way more important than cover in front of you. You can sit still in the relative open with the right background and remain undetected.

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from CBurks11 wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

Thanks for all the help guys. I think I found a nice pine tree to set up in. It has smaller pines near and behind it and there branches can give me some cover. The tree I will be in also has alot of branches for cover, so ill probably only cut enough branches to allow me to shoot. the rest of the branches ill leave for cover.

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from DEER30 wrote 1 year 48 weeks ago

I select the tree for my stand placements based upon proximity to the sign and the cover it provides. Deer know their territory like the back of your hand and a big black blog in a tree that wasn't there yesterday will be noticed. I think you will find much more success utilizing cover in the stand.
If you have to cut any branches for shooting lanes, you can hang them from or around your stand to create cover. You may want to try some camo netting, although I have never persoanlly used the netting.

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from RockySquirrel wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

I am probably going to take some minuses for this; and right up front I am going to say I HAVE NO SCIENTIFIC BASIS for what I am going to say: But I really believe because of the way a deers eye is constructed; COVER BEHIND YOU IS BETTER THAN COVER IN FRONT OF YOU. I have had deer drop the dime on me and spot me carefully moving and looking from behind a dead fall in a second. I am assuming because they saw me move in reference to background I was silhouetted against. And I have had deer walk right up on me, while i have been sitting in the open IN FRONT OF SANDSTONE BOULDER and my movements (picking up the gun) never registered.

I believe it is because their ability to spot movement is highly dependent on the distance between you and what you are silhouetted against. In short, their ability to focus and therefore judge distances is way secondary to their ability to spot movement.

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from Ga hunter wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

I think it helps to have cover around you. Whether it's a fallen over tree or some brush just behind you. It helps you just not stick out so much. If a deer looks up there's a good chance he'll see you and might spook. I haven't had this happen (yet) but the man I hunt with has. I know whenever I hunt I'll have some form of cover around me. To create cover up in a tree is kind of difficult so I would say just try to find stands with some cover right behind you.

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from captaind77 wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

I'd say it's massively important - even more so than what camo you're wearing. I agree that cover behind is probably better than cover in front, but I like to have both. The easiest thing to do is to hang your stand on a tree with other smaller trees nearby with some limbs that will provide cover. If that's not an option, maybe try rigging something up with camo netting or burlap.

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

I believe that the reason a deer moves its head from side to side when scoping you out is to determine whether you are a pattern in the background or an object in front of it. The closer you are positioned to the background material, the better.
As it moves its head, the deer seems to look for space between you and the background. If the deer sees that you seem to move in relation to the background, you have been made.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

Blending into your background is way more important than cover in front of you. You can sit still in the relative open with the right background and remain undetected.

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from RockySquirrel wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

I am probably going to take some minuses for this; and right up front I am going to say I HAVE NO SCIENTIFIC BASIS for what I am going to say: But I really believe because of the way a deers eye is constructed; COVER BEHIND YOU IS BETTER THAN COVER IN FRONT OF YOU. I have had deer drop the dime on me and spot me carefully moving and looking from behind a dead fall in a second. I am assuming because they saw me move in reference to background I was silhouetted against. And I have had deer walk right up on me, while i have been sitting in the open IN FRONT OF SANDSTONE BOULDER and my movements (picking up the gun) never registered.

I believe it is because their ability to spot movement is highly dependent on the distance between you and what you are silhouetted against. In short, their ability to focus and therefore judge distances is way secondary to their ability to spot movement. BASICALLY: I will put my tree stand on a big tree and try and blend in to the bark rather then look for a tree with plenty of cover.

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from 007 wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

This is why I like to bow hunt from white pines when possible, breaks up the outline and offers some cover scent both.

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from captaind77 wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

Also, going back to what Rocky said, look for a tree that's wider than you are, and keep your back to it. That's better than nothing.

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from steve182 wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

background cover is pretty important unless you are really high. Even then it's reccommended.

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from DEER30 wrote 1 year 48 weeks ago

I select the tree for my stand placements based upon proximity to the sign and the cover it provides. Deer know their territory like the back of your hand and a big black blog in a tree that wasn't there yesterday will be noticed. I think you will find much more success utilizing cover in the stand.
If you have to cut any branches for shooting lanes, you can hang them from or around your stand to create cover. You may want to try some camo netting, although I have never persoanlly used the netting.

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from RockySquirrel wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

Sorry; double post gremlin goth me.

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from CBurks11 wrote 1 year 49 weeks ago

Thanks for all the help guys. I think I found a nice pine tree to set up in. It has smaller pines near and behind it and there branches can give me some cover. The tree I will be in also has alot of branches for cover, so ill probably only cut enough branches to allow me to shoot. the rest of the branches ill leave for cover.

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