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How High

Post by ko4nrbs » Tue Dec 24, 2019 9:26 am

Thinking this morning that I need to hunt higher at the Church Buddy’s place. It's about the only way I can think of to outsmart an old doe that knows when a single leaf is out of place. May make playing the wind a little easier to. The area is small and surrounded by people’s yards so moving around is very difficult.

How high do you hunt? I’m thinking around 20 to start.

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Re: How High

Post by AJ01 » Tue Dec 24, 2019 9:54 am

On average my tree stands are about 15 feet. And yes, the most irritating thing in the world is that crusty old Doe that knows everything, or at least THINKS she knows everything and will blow, snort and have an outright "fit" at anything that just might, just maybe, not be right! :problem:
Had one of those on a place a few years back. She was an absolute pain. Finally sent my son down there to sit with his .260 Remington. Problem solved. :thumbup:
That's tough to do in an urban environment. Can you hang two (2) stands? Maybe a decoy deer? :think:
I've heard of guys hanging a shirt on a bush and hunting opposite of that hanging shirt.
I wish you luck.
My season has pretty much been in the tank this year. Seems like every stinking oilfield company waited until deer season to work on wells, or reclaim right-of-ways. I've had a "workover rig" on my best place since November. Trucks in and out all day. Deer haven't gone anywhere, just never on camera anymore until about 2am... :wtf:
I think the local Game Warden might frown on me hunting at that time... :D :lol: :D

I hope you get her taken care of in a "freezer" kind of way!! :thumbup:

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Re: How High

Post by ko4nrbs » Tue Dec 24, 2019 10:26 am

Been using a combination of Ground Blinds and a climbing tree stand. Probably best to just use the climbing tree stand until I get her. Very easy to over saturate this area since it is so small. She seems to be on full alert from the beginning of archery season until the end. The other deer seem to take their cue from her and go nocturnal or just avoid the area.
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Re: How High

Post by Timbrhuntr » Tue Dec 24, 2019 10:46 am

I had a doe like that years ago and she would always look right at me in a tree and blow. It was when I first got my crossbow. I would see her come out in a field corner every other night from the woods . I decided since I wouldn't have to try and draw the crossbow to sit in some bushes just off the corner with a good rest and the bow set so I wouldn't need to hardly move. She came out just before dark and the rest is history she didn't go 30 yards !

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Re: How High

Post by janesy » Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:10 am

What about setting up in front of the stand she looks at and put a pillow with a hat up there so when she looks up at the hunter decoy you can be down wind elsewhere with a shot from behind
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Re: How High

Post by janesy » Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:12 am

To answer the question directly, I had a doe with two fawns last season. They would play under me and she would stare constantly.
I moved the stand from 17 to 21 feet and it didn't make a difference. I did not change tree tho.
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Re: How High

Post by xcaliber » Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:16 am

I have leveling climbers and use a 50’ pull up rope doubled up and knotted that I tie to my seat rail. I climb until I feel tension. That’s a bit over 20 feet to the platform. They say 18’ to insure the thermals lift your scent. When the trees are bare, it’s easy to get busted from a distance, gets tough as the season goes on in my opinion.
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Re: How High

Post by amythntr » Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:30 am

ko4nrbs wrote:
Tue Dec 24, 2019 9:26 am
Thinking this morning that I need to hunt higher at the Church Buddy’s place. It's about the only way I can think of to outsmart an old doe that knows when a single leaf is out of place. May make playing the wind a little easier to. The area is small and surrounded by people’s yards so moving around is very difficult.

How high do you hunt? I’m thinking around 20 to start.

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Re: How High

Post by Reinyrooster » Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:36 am

I remember watching once that showed a doe come into the same clearing every day and look up at the tree stand, whether anyone was in it or not, so she obviously learned once when someone was in the stand.
I would agree with putting some sort of decoy distraction in the stand and position yourself downwind opposite to where she would be. Should offer you a shot while she's distracted with the decoy.

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Re: How High

Post by gerald strine » Tue Dec 24, 2019 12:25 pm

Could you utilize a ghost blind make your self invisible
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Re: How High

Post by DuckHunt » Tue Dec 24, 2019 12:50 pm

There were five bucks and two doe taken from my primary stand this season, not all by me obviously. The seat is at about 23 feet. The tree has an upward bending limb that forks off at about 16 feet and the main fork at about 24 feet. The chain from my hang on is through the main fork so I have three tree trunks around me for some cover.

At that height, they never notice a hunter in the tree unless you move a lot of make a lot of noise. I bought a couple of the 20' climbing sticks and pieced together a 24' version.
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Re: How High

Post by ko4nrbs » Tue Dec 24, 2019 1:47 pm

gerald strine wrote:
Tue Dec 24, 2019 12:25 pm
Could you utilize a ghost blind make your self invisible
Thought about that but they are so darn expensive.
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Re: How High

Post by janesy » Tue Dec 24, 2019 5:43 pm

ko4nrbs wrote:
Tue Dec 24, 2019 1:47 pm
gerald strine wrote:
Tue Dec 24, 2019 12:25 pm
Could you utilize a ghost blind make your self invisible
Thought about that but they are so darn expensive.
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Re: How High

Post by RobD » Tue Dec 24, 2019 8:55 pm

I have an old doe that beds 20 yards from my box which is 16-20' on top of a hill (dirt pile from digging the pond). She picks us out every year. I keep her around because she has twins every year and is only one of two does that beds on my property. Does bring the bucks, so the does get left alone unless there is one that needs culling for health reasons.

We have learned to just be very still and not open the window until it is time it was recommended to me to have a dummy person sit in the blind year round, then she would get used to the silhouette in the box and not pay attention to us during the season.

I didn't try it this year, yet we were able to still take 2 bucks in her presence. Me and the boys just got real dilligent at being quiet and still.
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Re: How High

Post by longbow joe » Tue Dec 24, 2019 9:37 pm

I'm not afraid of heights by no means but l never exceed 15 feet.
Ladder stands brushed in real good sometimes l wire tie whole small saplings up the ladder and find some cedars that hold leaves even dead reallly help.
Having scent in check no need to be higher .
I have actually seen my ghosblind outperform the trees when the winter comes because it is indeed harder to blend in when up in a tree. . Most deer have never dealt with a ghostblind as long as scent is controlled the ghosblind will fool em. They are a expensive piece of plastic but definitely work I love mine.
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