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How Many Steps

Post by xcaliber » Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:35 pm

As a deer hunter I employ many tactics throughout the season to tip the odds in my favor. I use drag rags, trailing scents, etc. I use a method to help me get as much wind advantage as possible. I come in from down wind, (wind in face) to be clear. If I have to, I will come in on a loop. I get 20 yards upwind of my stand location then hook down wind. I then watch the trail, and plan to shoot before the deer gets totally down wind. It has worked well for many years using various scents. For me the James Valley works best without spooking doe.

For me in the woods, I have to make 36 - 37 steps to equal 20 yards, these are not range measuring type steps, normal strides I would be taking to sneak in. I did this in the garage with chalk one day many years ago, and check it every few years. I mark my left boot tip, and right, then step and mark again. Measure and do the math. I check it in as close of a straight line in the woods as possible. This works great!
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Re: How Many Steps

Post by longbow joe » Wed Jan 01, 2020 12:14 am

I just spray doe p on my boots and go in. Most of my entries are more challenging getting a neighbor's dog not to bark at me as I'm sneaking in. Lol.or dodging a guy throwing leaves over his fence into the woodlot.
On my more remote swamp spots it's so thick there's only l path in and out so there's no wind choices. Usually take my rangefinder and put a fake surveyor's stake at 30 yards making ranging a little easier on the farther shooting lanes take some guessing out.
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Re: How Many Steps

Post by xcaliber » Wed Jan 01, 2020 10:54 am

You too Joe, making life changes all the time and feeling good. I’m still trying to find my limitations and my wife keeps me busy too.
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Re: How Many Steps

Post by Carnivorous » Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:48 am

I go in using no scents wearing rubber boots and try not to touch anything. When a deer comes in I want it to think it's business as usual! :)
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Re: How Many Steps

Post by janesy » Wed Jan 01, 2020 12:43 pm

Carnivorous wrote:
Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:48 am
I go in using no scents wearing rubber boots and try not to touch anything. When a deer comes in I want it to think it's business as usual! :)
I do this. If the wind isn't right for me to walk in, I don't go.
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Re: How Many Steps

Post by Riflemanz » Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:12 pm

I spray deer dander on my boots when walking in.
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Re: How Many Steps

Post by tcwild » Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:24 pm

janesy wrote:
Wed Jan 01, 2020 12:43 pm
Carnivorous wrote:
Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:48 am
I go in using no scents wearing rubber boots and try not to touch anything. When a deer comes in I want it to think it's business as usual! :)
I do this. If the wind isn't right for me to walk in, I don't go.
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Re: How Many Steps

Post by amythntr » Fri Jan 03, 2020 6:41 pm

....I also wear rubber boots and walk in slowly....picture a Tim Conway skit on the Carol Burnett show of yesteryear....with me walking in like Tim :eusa-liar:


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Re: How Many Steps

Post by bubba » Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:34 pm

Damn! You really do all that Mr, Excaliber? I guess me riding down the trail in my four wheeler, and pullin off the trail to park. And then walk 30-40 yards to my stand or blind, spit and load up another dip of Wintergreen of course. The deer down here really love the wintergreen, or a nice c.a.o. Brazila in robusto Especially when your up 25 feet or so in a box or climber stand and the smoke slowly drifts through the early morning dew. Yes Sir, I have had to put down a few cigars. To stick one. (SMILE)…..Bubba.
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Re: How Many Steps

Post by xcaliber » Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:40 pm

bubba wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:34 pm
Damn! You really do all that Mr, Excaliber? I guess me riding down the trail in my four wheeler, and pullin off the trail to park. And then walk 30-40 yards to my stand or blind, spit and load up another dip of Wintergreen of course. The deer down here really love the wintergreen, or a nice c.a.o. Brazila in robusto Especially when your up 25 feet or so in a box or climber stand and the smoke slowly drifts through the early morning dew. Yes Sir, I have had to put down a few cigars. To stick one. (SMILE)…..Bubba.
I do, but it hark ens back to all the years of hunting public land, and trying to get deer in your remote area! :lol: :lol: When I have good land to hunt on, I dial it down a notch or three.
Bubba, my old buddy smoked stogies in the stand all the time and always got a nice buck year after year. I think he had a horseshoe for a tail bone! :lol: :lol:
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Re: How Many Steps

Post by papa bear1 » Wed Jan 15, 2020 8:18 am

I don't do anything to arrest my cent,,,, I just walk in , I take the easy way in that's simple for me.....
don't use anything to cover my cent, or to attract deer, I shower before I leave the house, 'BUT' when I used to camp I got to smelling pretty rank
after about 4 or 5 days, I would take a standing bath and that would help, I can't even count how many deer that I killed that was tracking me to my stand,,, I know I will get some trashing for this BUT it is what it is. :shifty:
actually the last big buck that I killed the one that (Dan) posted for me was tracking me, I shot him at 35 yds.

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Re: How Many Steps

Post by Smong2000 » Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:30 pm

I don't use scents or anything to cover my scent other normal woodsmanship and milk weed down to show where my scent is going.
I had an old friend who always smoked a good cigar in the woods and watched his downwind side. He said he learned it from a bear guide who claimed a cigar was as good as a 'honey burn' to lure bear in. He saw and killed many deer and a few bear coming to his smoke over the years.

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Re: How Many Steps

Post by bubba » Sun Jan 19, 2020 1:28 pm

Papa bear, I've been there. Hunting up in western ky, out in them farm fields seen deer all the time out there while the farmer drove and worked his tractor never seemed to bother them at all. At least on a lot of occasions a few told me the best cover scent was either oil or diesel... Heck you never know, I've also seen deer do a near back flip when picking up my scent… go figure. Just another part of the love of hunting, out there beating the bush, gotta love it. P.S. Mr Excalibur! I remember a lot of them there old public hunting day's .. What a mess. Sure am glad those days are long gone.
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