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Question by Allen Markham. Uploaded on March 06, 2012
I usually do all my hunting during archery up in a tree stand. Getting up in a tree stand allows you a little more movement with out getting busted. You can't move a lot, but minor movements you can get away with since you are not in the eye-line of what you are hunting.
Ground hunting though is even more of a rush though. If you are a little impatient, you can "run and gun" much easier than in a tree stand, even if you only decide to move 20 yards.
This past year I shot a doe at 35 yards doing a spot and stalk in open field. It was one of the greatest rushes I have ever experienced.
I hunt from treestands and on the ground because it largely depends on the situation. I always go for height when I'm on a field/cutover or a foodplot, but in the thick hardwoods were I love to hunt, you can actually see more from the ground than up in a tree, and I love to be able to change locations on the spot as well. Situation is a big part, but the best advice is to just do what gives you the most confidence, thats the best thing that I can say.
I enjoy both. I hunt out of a tree stand more but I do get a lot of enjoyment while hunting on the ground!
what where and your situation all matter
I prefer a slightly elevated pop-up blind on a platform about 6 feet above the ground in the woods, as it gives me most of the advantages of both systems. I usually have senderos, or shooting lanes, prepared before the season opens, so visibility and bullet deflection are not a concern.
When the trees are swaying in the wind, it's a blessing to be closer to the ground, sipping coffee while my companions in their tree stands are holding on for dear life. Ditto in the rain.
I usually hunt from the ground, I love being on the same level with the animal I hunt. It is also more of a challenge
I can slip into an area and setup my popup and be right on top of them! Generally, you'll find the bucks in heavy cover and being up in a tree puts you too high in dense branches or just the opposite. Got to be able to swing both ways. I do carry both popup and climber at times.
It's hard to hunt ducks,geese and doves out of a treestand. But everything for everything that follows an edge or moves through the woods it is the perfect place to hunt. SHots are downward so there is no fear of richochet, your movement is concealed pretty, your scent column is displaced better and your field of view is extended drastically. If there is any ambush available the treestand dominates.But in the case of pass shooting or flat field without trees it's useless. I climb some pretty small diameter trees maybe 6-8" across and latters and pegs are of no use to me ,it's strictly a climber. In fast,quite and mobile
It all depends on what you are hunting. I wouldnt be on the ground bear hunting. but I wouldnt be in a stand for turkey hunting. So really what game you are hunting is key to whether or not you need a perch or not.
if you know the animals paths and places it likes then you can use a treestand. also you need to look at the branches, and see if the shot is difficult then you avoid it. but i think hunting from the ground gives you more flexibility.
dbramley. Treestand turkey huntin is the best way I've found so far. Locate them the night before just like usuall and try and slip in before dawn. setup a couple decoys get in your stand and hope you are close enough for them to find decoys. start purring just before day break and then stop. when they start dropping fron Roost it is game on because it happens fast. I've been right in the Roost a few times and it's scary at best. I "DO NOT" call after daybreak though and rely on the decoy. If any calling is done after daybreak it is from ground concealment in some brush. Works great for us. And yes it is legal
You are less likely to get busted in a tree stand, unless you really work hard at preventing scent.
I prefer to hunt out of a tree stand because I'm in a highly wooded area and I can get a better view because I see above the undergrowth that's usually between 4 and 12 feet tall. Also, it's usually safer, because the area beyond your target is usually the ground.
I do both but definitely prefer to hunt on the ground. As many have said it is a much better rush. I feel like I can be more flexible in my approach and set up when not tied to a single spot.Also I hunt a lot of land where you set up in hedgerows between fields where you would be silhouetted if you were in a stand.
We do use them in the big woods up North.
I have had much more enjoyable hunts out of treestands, however, my most successful hunts have come from ground blinds. The deer in my picture was shot sitting next to a tree. For me, it is all about the wind, if you play the wind, it doesn't matter how high or low you are. That being said, if there isn't a consistent wind or if you are planning on hunting in the woods, try and get 20+ feet up in a tree-stand and start praying.
I prefer ground hunting as it gives a chance to outsmart animals, play the wind, and see a lot more country.
i only use a treestand bow hunting for deer, all other hunting is done on the ground.
If your bow hunting, I would be in a tree. for rifle hunting i just stick with a ground blind.
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