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  • December 2, 2012 at 11:17 pm #497065 Back to Top REPORT

    conquestador

    Age: 63
    Joined: 12/10/2009
    Location: Upstate NY
    I’ll often ask someone at work, What’s the best mistake to learn from?”
    More times than not they’ll respond, “Your own.”
    WRONG! The best mistake to learn from is someone else’s. This is one that I don’t want to learn on my own.
    I had some down time this afternoon and I viewed quite a few of the tips on the Mathews web-site which brought one to mind that I implement but have never had the necessity to use. When I get to my stand, I hang my pack, hang my bow, strap in, remove my quiver from my bow, nock an arrow and remove a second arrow before hanging my quiver. The second arrow is conveniently placed where if I need to get it quickly and quietly, I can with as little motion as possible. If you needed a second arrow, what sort of procedure would you have to go through to get it?
    Are there any little things that you do that might help someone else out?
    December 3, 2012 at 3:16 am #542703 Back to Top REPORT
    outbackbryan
    OutbackBryan

    Age: 31
    Joined: 11/6/2011
    Location: Maryland
    I pretty much do the same set up
    December 3, 2012 at 3:41 am #542704 Back to Top REPORT
    statedriller
    statedriller

    Joined: 9/15/2006
    Location: Call me...867-5309
    I range trees while I’m sitting there so I don’t have to try and fumble with the range finder when a deer is standing there…
    The end is near....
    December 3, 2012 at 5:41 am #542705 Back to Top REPORT
    bookemdano
    Bookemdano

    Age: 42
    Joined: 1/15/2011
    Location: Manitoba
    Always have your release either ready or strapped on your wrist at the truck. Back in 2005 I had to watch a beauty at about 8 yards, as I fumbled with my wrist strap. Then he took of after the doe.

    I had hung my pack after stepping onto the stand, strapping on, and hanging my bow (all mellow and happy :^O ) then all heck broke loose in the woods – deer chasing everywhere. Really nice 8 stopped to smell a scrape at 8 yards – great memory but a tad bittersweet. [=}=] Could have been my first bow buck if I had put my release on at the truck.

    December 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm #542706 Back to Top REPORT
    chrisld
    ChrisLd

    Joined: 2/10/2008

    Always have your release either ready or strapped on your wrist at the truck. Back in 2005 I had to watch a beauty at about 8 yards, as I fumbled with my wrist strap. Then he took of after the doe.

    I had hung my pack after stepping onto the stand, strapping on, and hanging my bow (all mellow and happy :^O ) then all heck broke loose in the woods – deer chasing everywhere. Really nice 8 stopped to smell a scrape at 8 yards – great memory but a tad bittersweet. [=}=] Could have been my first bow buck if I had put my release on at the truck.[/quote:13g88o20]

    This, I used to throw my release in my pack and walk to my tree. Never thinking I would get a shot walking threw the woods, well 2 years ago the best deer I have ever seen in PA trotted by me in the wide open at 20 yards following a doe. I stopped him broadside and went to draw back only to realize my release was in my backpack…. Pretty lousy feeling ](*,)

    December 3, 2012 at 2:50 pm #542707 Back to Top REPORT
    straightedge123
    StraightEdge123

    Joined: 10/22/2007
    Several:
    Check to make sure your safety harness strap will allow you to draw from any position.

    Range your distances as soon as you sit down.

    Remove crunchy leaves from your platform.

    Don’t wait to draw too late.

    Bend at the waist.

    Practice close shots, medium shots, and squatting shots.

    Practice with your gloves on if you plan to wear them. Same goes for heavy clothes.

    Practice out of your stand, even if its only two feet off of the ground. It’s not the same stance as you standing in the backyard.

    Mathews S2 / Copper John 4-pin / QAD HD LD / Worlds Best Strings / 808 Bowslings / Easton Bloodlines
    December 3, 2012 at 3:35 pm #542708 Back to Top REPORT
    q2hunter
    q2hunter

    Joined: 6/21/2007
    Location: Virginia
    When we hang our sets in July/August, we take range finder and spray paint with us. Range several trees around the stands and mark the yardage on the trees with the paint.

    If dont have the above, I always range a radius around my tree when I first get there for 25 yards. Anything inside that is first pin of course, and I very seldom take a shot outside of that with out first ranging the deer its self.

    As for the 2nd arrow, I also remove my quiver from my bow, and I pull my 2nd arrow from the quiver and stick it somewhere IN the tree where it is accessable but yet out of the way of any possible shots, that can vary in each set.

    I also draw and aim my bow a couple times about every 30-45min, especially when its cold just to keep the muscles loose and get all the pops and cracks out of my joints…..tough getting older….LOL!

    December 3, 2012 at 6:01 pm #542709 Back to Top REPORT

    bigeasygator

    Age: 34
    Joined: 9/12/2007
    Location: LA
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    I keep my quiver on and it makes getting that second arrow pretty easy!

    I always double check to make sure I’m not creating any unnecessary sound or try to notice where I might contact something to make sound to try and quiet it down. Things like buckles on harnesses, stuff hitting the metal of the treestand, etc. Don’t want to make a movement and have some noise that I could’ve prevented spook some game!

    December 3, 2012 at 6:06 pm #542710 Back to Top REPORT
    l-o-s-t-arrow
    L.O.S.T.Arrow

    Joined: 5/16/2006
    Location: Alberta
    :D Learned this year to always tag team setting up and taking down stands with one other person…

    Neil

    December 3, 2012 at 6:19 pm #542711 Back to Top REPORT
    bow-drawn
    Bow Drawn

    Age: 62
    Joined: 11/14/2007
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    Have two releases setup the same way and put the back up release in your pack and leave it there. If you have a failure or loose the main release your day/hunt is not a total lose for cost of a release.
    December 3, 2012 at 7:22 pm #542712 Back to Top REPORT

    Jay Miller

    Joined: 2/6/2010
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    1. Use small dabs of whiteout on all screws and limb bolts etc to quickly check their location. After this year I now do this on my rest and sight.
    2. Have a backup release in jacket pocket not my pack for easy access in the event mine breaks or lost. Lesson learned two years ago.
    3. Pack food in non crunchy plastic containers that also seal in odor.
    4. Put water in a clear non-collapsible water bottle that you can seal back up so it does not make a cracking noise of the bottle collapsing while drinking.
    5. Hang pack and quiver within easy distance so you are not reaching 3 feet to get to items in it. I do not pull a arrow to put it close to me but rather put the entire quiver/pack close and have shot 3 deer this year within 5 minutes without any issues.
    6. Practice from your typical shooting position. Mine is seated and twisting to behind the tree using the tree on my left arm as a way to get more stable while shaken up. Every stand is setup to shoot left and 80% of the time requires me to bend around the tree to shoot into the most used travel route. This also helps me hide my movement while fiddling with my phone, food, drink, bino etc.
    7. Play yardage guessing games on objects while getting bored.
    8. Use a lifeline tether from ground to stand at all times, I make my own from rope I get at REI.
    9. Practice elevated shooting procedures so they are second nature wearing the same outfit you hunt with. As winter comes on I will practice once a month with the expected outfit but now with the HBS that will not change my shooting attire.
    10. Clean platform of everything including Ice, Snow, Leaves, branches etc no matter how small. Lesson learned.
    11. Only draw when you do not have a deer looking you direction even if it is not the deer you are shooting. Lesson learned
    12. Stretch often while on stand and this also helps keep you warm.
    13. Check for any rattle and excessive noise from my weapon before going out for the day.
    14. Spray down with DDW or whatever scent control product before leaving the truck.
    15. Store hunting clothes in a plastic bin that is large enough for everything and use baking soda boxes in it to help remove odors.

    That is about all the things that I can think of that I do in my process. I am sure there is more that I do but just do not think about them any longer.

    Express yourself now - Fortune cookie
    December 4, 2012 at 4:18 am #542713 Back to Top REPORT
    yanna
    Yanna

    Joined: 12/16/2006
    Uncle Ted told me personally one day at his Bow Shop in Jackson michigan ” if your not in your truck your hunting ” I always walk to my stand with an arrow nocked …. killed my biggest with my climber on my back walking in [=}=]
    December 4, 2012 at 4:38 am #542714 Back to Top REPORT
    jeeper
    Jeeper

    Joined: 10/23/2009
    Location: Quantum Leapville
    Have two releases setup the same way and put the back up release in your pack and leave it there. If you have a failure or loose the main release your day/hunt is not a total lose for cost of a release.

    I do the same as well as what a few of the other guys mentioned: range different trees, put my wrist release on before heading for the stand/blind, practice with gloves on and…..well, :oops: wring out your bladder before heading to the stand. #-o

    You are now reading my signature.
    December 4, 2012 at 9:37 pm #542715 Back to Top REPORT
    plinker22
    Plinker22

    Age: 51
    Joined: 2/24/2006
    I have two zippered pockets on my Safety Harness. These pockets hold my tree strap. I have learned to always Re-Zip those pockets. Otherwise, they “clink” on the metal of the stand.

    If you hunt alone (as I do often), always let someone know where you will be hunting. I have walked my wife and/or daughters to almost all my stands. I text them where I am hunting. My best friend and cousin also know my hunt spots and I text them my location as well.

    Use a safety harness and be strapped to tree from the moment you climb into stand until you are safely back to the ground. It takes a little longer and is a hassle, but so is having Bertha wipe your butt and feed you through a straw for the rest of your days. :D

    "The party in Hades has been canceled due to fire.
    December 4, 2012 at 11:26 pm #542716 Back to Top REPORT
    statedriller
    statedriller

    Joined: 9/15/2006
    Location: Call me...867-5309

    I have two zippered pockets on my Safety Harness. These pockets hold my tree strap. I have learned to always Re-Zip those pockets. Otherwise, they “clink” on the metal of the stand.

    If you hunt alone (as I do often), always let someone know where you will be hunting. I have walked my wife and/or daughters to almost all my stands. I text them where I am hunting. My best friend and cousin also know my hunt spots and I text them my location as well.

    Use a safety harness and be strapped to tree from the moment you climb into stand until you are safely back to the ground. It takes a little longer and is a hassle, but so is having Bertha wipe your butt and feed you through a straw for the rest of your days. :D[/quote:2546a9hy]

    I thought you were gonna say “take a shirt with you in case of trophy shots”… :p

    The end is near....
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