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Tree Stand Approach

Postby Patriot » Mon Sep 26, 2016 1:57 pm

When approaching your tree stand, do you guys keep the wind in your face on the entire approach to your stands?


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Re: Tree Stand Approach

Postby seazofcheeze » Mon Sep 26, 2016 2:00 pm

I am more worried about it not blowing into the bedding, which means I might approach with wind in my face, crosswind, or just off wind, as long as it isnt blowing directly at the bedding at any point during my approach.

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Postby Dewey » Mon Sep 26, 2016 2:16 pm

seazofcheeze wrote:I am more worried about it not blowing into the bedding, which means I might approach with wind in my face, crosswind, or just off wind, as long as it isnt blowing directly at the bedding at any point during my approach.

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Postby matt1336 » Mon Sep 26, 2016 3:37 pm

That's all you need to know right ^^^ there. At all costs. Even if it makes for a lot longer walk. Hunting isn't always fun....actually a lot of it isn't fun. But those unfun times makes the success so much better.

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Postby James » Mon Sep 26, 2016 4:30 pm

Yup, just keep the scent out their nose when walking in.

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Re: Tree Stand Approach

Postby Stanley » Mon Sep 26, 2016 4:47 pm

When I set up in an area I like to have my scent blowing where no deer will smell me. If I have a buck patterned I may fudge a little but not if I can help it. It is also not always possible, so then I want my scent blowing into the least amount of deer area.

I want my scent blowing into open fields, water is good, roads, deep ditches, rail road tracks, anywhere a deer is not likely to be.
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Re: Tree Stand Approach

Postby Patriot » Tue Sep 27, 2016 1:38 am

Thanks for the responses.

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Re: Tree Stand Approach

Postby Bonehead » Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:11 am

My approach to my stands is always dictated by wind direction. Number one rule, is do not let your scent blow into any close bedding areas. Not only will you not see much, but your bedding may get vacated for the rest of the season.
I used to alter my approach to not cross any deer travel routes nearby my stand location. but sometimes that is impossible. I usually do spray my boots down with scent killer right before I cross this trails. During the rut, I will sometimes drag a doe In estrous and a dominant buck rag behind me.
I have killed a couple nice bucks that hit the scent trail.
One came right to me, another I coaxed in with a little subtle grunting to go along with the scent drag he was already sniffing.
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Re: Tree Stand Approach

Postby NorthwoodsWiscoHnter » Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:54 am

This topic is a struggle for me in the bigwoods. Essentially where I place my stands, there literally could be bedding in several different directions. So it is possible that I could have a good wind and a bad wind at the same time.
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Re: Tree Stand Approach

Postby Net Guy » Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:25 am

NorthwoodsWiscoHnter wrote:This topic is a struggle for me in the bigwoods. Essentially where I place my stands, there literally could be bedding in several different directions. So it is possible that I could have a good wind and a bad wind at the same time.


I also have this problem in the big woods of northern WI. This past year I was able to identify some primary bedding areas and used those as my focus when accessing stands. A challenge I’m running into isn’t that I hunt an area that has two good bedding areas close to each other.

The bucks love cruising between the 2 bedding areas and they are only about 200 yards apart. The challenge is getting in between them without having your scent blow into one of them and there’s only 1 access to this area. Once I have the right wind I’m golden, but I think the key is to try to identify what’s the primary bedding and secondary bedding areas. Easier said than done!
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Re: Tree Stand Approach

Postby NorthwoodsWiscoHnter » Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:29 am

Net Guy wrote:
NorthwoodsWiscoHnter wrote:This topic is a struggle for me in the bigwoods. Essentially where I place my stands, there literally could be bedding in several different directions. So it is possible that I could have a good wind and a bad wind at the same time.


I also have this problem in the big woods of northern WI. This past year I was able to identify some primary bedding areas and used those as my focus when accessing stands. A challenge I’m running into isn’t that I hunt an area that has two good bedding areas close to each other.

The bucks love cruising between the 2 bedding areas and they are only about 200 yards apart. The challenge is getting in between them without having your scent blow into one of them and there’s only 1 access to this area. Once I have the right wind I’m golden, but I think the key is to try to identify what’s the primary bedding and secondary bedding areas. Easier said than done!


It certainly is a challenge to figure out! And even if you happen to get the right wind for the area you are targeting, the big bucks don't always seem to come from where you would expect them to. It's pretty frustrating to me cuz I think I have an idea of where they might be, then they prove me wrong.
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Re: Tree Stand Approach

Postby Net Guy » Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:27 am

NorthwoodsWiscoHnter wrote:
Net Guy wrote:
NorthwoodsWiscoHnter wrote:This topic is a struggle for me in the bigwoods. Essentially where I place my stands, there literally could be bedding in several different directions. So it is possible that I could have a good wind and a bad wind at the same time.


I also have this problem in the big woods of northern WI. This past year I was able to identify some primary bedding areas and used those as my focus when accessing stands. A challenge I’m running into isn’t that I hunt an area that has two good bedding areas close to each other.

The bucks love cruising between the 2 bedding areas and they are only about 200 yards apart. The challenge is getting in between them without having your scent blow into one of them and there’s only 1 access to this area. Once I have the right wind I’m golden, but I think the key is to try to identify what’s the primary bedding and secondary bedding areas. Easier said than done!


It certainly is a challenge to figure out! And even if you happen to get the right wind for the area you are targeting, the big bucks don't always seem to come from where you would expect them to. It's pretty frustrating to me cuz I think I have an idea of where they might be, then they prove me wrong.


Same here. Just when I think I have them figured out there they make a fool of me. :lol:
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