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Some good points above, especially about safety harnesses! Like q2hunter I once had a stand in a spot that required me to cut a path through a blackberry thicket in order to approach it from downwind. The stand was low, and it had to be because that was the only place I could put it. So, I never hunted that stand in the wrong wind. Saw and killed quite a few deer from it, too. Now I have a stand on a farm between some crop fields and a large lake. A small, swampy bay hooks in behind the stand with nasty thickets all around and a small oak grove that I'm just on the edge of. When the lake is still up, I have to walk the lake shore and get to my stand by walking through where the deer will be. Last year I sprayed my rubber boots (LaCrosse Burleys) with Dead Downwind, had a doe and two yearlings come in and walk back and forth over my tracks, and they never knew I was in their world. Then, when they drew the lake down, and I could get across that swampy bay, I cut a path through the thicket right behind my stand. It makes for a much shorter walk and is better for the prevailing wind. But, just like JeffK, the doggone deer started using the path I cut and I got busted once big time! Hadn't seen anything and decided to have a cup of coffee. Stood up and turned around to get my thermos out of the pack and they were right behind my stand! Shoulda figured. A shortcut for me is a shortcut for them too!
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