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How do you hunt whitetails?

Posted: 6/19/2014 11:02 AM

How do you hunt whitetails? 


I'm mostly a treestand kind of guy, although I will be trying a ghillie suit on the ground this fall.  I'm also bow-only, I've never gone after them with a gun season for some reason. What do you prefer?
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Posted: 6/19/2014 3:32 PM

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Running them with dogs and using a shotgun with buckshot is my favorite method. I do spend a lot of time in tree stands and tower blinds hunting over food plots and bait with a rifle. I did get a ghillie suit this past turkey season, and I'm going to give it a try down in the swamp towards the middle and end of our season after the weather gets a little cooler.
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Posted: 6/19/2014 5:12 PM

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Over the last 20 years I have shot 1 deer out of a tree stand, 1 sitting behind a rock, 5 leaning against a cedar tree,  2 hiding behind a cedar tree.  None of the shots were over 40 paces,  most were 30 or less.  I was using a rifle, shotgun or hand gun but at those ranges a bow could have completed the shot.  Most shots were taken while wearing blase orange cammo coveralls.

What do I prefer?  Seeing the deer before it sees me.wink

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Posted: 6/20/2014 5:14 AM

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Over the course of a season, I hunt various methods depending on where I'm hunting and the conditions of the hunt.  I use tree stands, tower stands, ground blinds, pop up blinds,  I walk & stalk, I use what ever cover is available.  Most of my hunting is by boot leather express, although it sure is nice to have a comfortable tower box blind with a heater in it to go to when the weather turns cold and nasty.  ( I guess I'm getting soft as I get older).
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Posted: 6/20/2014 8:15 AM

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I hunt various ways depending on how I fell and what the weather conditions dictate(wind and precipitation)
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Posted: 6/20/2014 10:25 AM

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Fred, since I can't afford to buy one; I keep entering the Redneck Hunting Blind Giveaway Sweepstakes, hoping I'll win one of those nice enclosed fiberglass box blinds and the 15' platform to go with it. My tower blinds here at home don't even have a top on 'em, although a few at the dog club do, but no cushy arm chairs and no heaters. I do have a rain suit, and coveralls, but it's hard to wear those warm coveralls with the hip boots required to get to those tower stands down in the swamp at the dog club.
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Posted: 6/20/2014 12:14 PM

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I love to hunt from a blind, don't like tree stands afraid of falling, know too many people that got hurt or died.
I like using sent but instead of spraying in air or using dip stick to put on, I spray myself every time I go out.
that works pretty good for me, I have deer walk right up to me!!!!!!!!!!
I have not bow hunted in a long time,  so I really prefer my gun.

ron1963 in tennessee
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Posted: 6/20/2014 2:06 PM

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If I'm going to use doe urine or scent, I'll put a little bit on my boots as I walk to my tree stand or tower blind. If I'm using buck urine I'll put it on cotton balls and drop 'em on the way to the stand and then toss a few out after getting into the stand.
BTW, the only scents I consistently use are the Conquest Deer Herd In a Stick, or their VS-1.
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Posted: 6/20/2014 4:37 PM

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I bow hunt from tree stands,,,when i am hunting with a rifle or hand gun I well sit in a tree stand our ground blind or I also like to still hunt..No baiting for us New Yorkers But We can use scents..
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Posted: 6/20/2014 5:30 PM

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I use both a tree stand or a tent,  most success at seeing and passing on deer or shooting a nice animal has been in a tent.
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Posted: 6/21/2014 2:56 PM

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I like a tree stand for bow and rifle because I can hunt the thick stuff and still see . If it's not safe to use a climber , or it's flint lock hunting I still hunt or just post next to a tree . Never found a use for a blind .
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Posted: 6/22/2014 9:51 AM

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mrd21, down here we call it still hunting when we're sitting in a tree stand, tower blind, shooting house, or a ground blind. It's impossible to do the traditional big woods or Western style of "still" hunting in most Southern swamp terrain. When we're running the hounds, and sit or stand in one spot, we call it "taking a stand", where other parts of the country might call it "posting".
I know I've confuse folks on other hunting sites when I mention still hunting with a rifle out of a tree stand and stand hunting with a shotgun and buckshot, when running dogs.

I find it interesting that different parts of the country all have different methods of hunting, and most of the time the differences are directly related to geographical terrain.
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Posted: 6/23/2014 5:24 PM

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Where I hunt the woods are too thick to hunt from the ground so I hunt from a tree stand
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Posted: 6/23/2014 5:36 PM

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rt4 up here still hunting is step , do a slow total view and repeat . Some folks do a two three or four step deal , but I find the view changes every couple of feet especially in the thick stuff , and nature doesn't know you're there . My best was when I spotted a bedded 7 pt. looking the other way at 10 yds. in laural thickets with a bow . Wow was that exciting to just pull off that smooth draw and let the arrow go without being detected . Only went 30 yds.
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Posted: 6/23/2014 6:45 PM

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Back years ago when I was actually able to take the dogs into the woods and drive 'em, I killed several bucks with a .357 that would just sit up in the bed and watch and listen as the dogs jumped the does. I got pretty good at capping them in the back of the head with that Ruger. Back then I lived and hunted up in the midlands where there was some actual woodlands and not all swamp and lowlands. I used to kill a lot of copperheads and rattlers in those days, with that same .357.
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Posted: 6/23/2014 7:57 PM

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Cap them in the head sounds pretty close Ron , guess ya know what I'm talken bout .
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Posted: 6/25/2014 3:00 PM

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From a blind. I'm afraid of falling.

RC
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Posted: 6/26/2014 11:03 AM

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rc229 wrote: From a blind. I'm afraid of falling.

RC
You know, up until just a few years ago I never once thought about falling and I hunted exclusively from a tree stand. But then I kept hearing stories about people who did fall and broke an arm, leg, or worse, and got a little nervous about that happening to me. So I asked Santa for a harness for Christmas, and he delivered!  Now I don't feel comfortable NOT wearing it, and won't go up a tree without it on. And as an added bonus, I can lean out a little farther for tough angle shots if I need to!  Anyway, just my $.02 cents.
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Posted: 6/26/2014 11:13 AM

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I don't use a harness, since I have shooting rails in place on both of my ladder type tree stands, and the stands I hunt out of the most are an A-Frame ladder stand and a tower blind. The stands at the dog club are all box blinds built on towers, so again no need for a harness.
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Posted: 6/26/2014 8:16 PM

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I always use one , don't like the shooting rails because first off I don't use them anyways with a gun and with a bow they are just in the way . Have no problem with height so it is all open for my climber and ladder stand , so I figure just be smart before I really need a harness at a moments notice .
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Posted: 6/27/2014 5:06 PM

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Since I only hunt with a gun, and since I have Parkinson's, a shooting rail or gun rest of some type is a necessary aid in order for me to hit what I'm shooting at. Although, today I did kill two 'yotes with my XDs .45 off of the tractor while preparing some food plots and cutting fire lines. Shot 'em at about 20 yards, and rolled 'em up, I guess that corneal transplant must have really helped!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted: 6/29/2014 6:30 AM

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here in NE Fl. i hunt in a tree stand.i like to hunt the thick stuff.the palmetto bushes are thick and up to 8 ft high.you can't stalk deer in that stuff.get 30 ft.in a pine tree and you can see them from above,besides,you can hear the deer coming in.
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Posted: 6/29/2014 10:17 AM

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sgolisch, I agree. When I lived in Fernandina Beach, the area I hunted would have been impossible to see deer, much less get a shot without tree stands. Now days, when I go down to ternera1's place, He has plenty of permanent stands that put the hunter well up above the palmettos and provides a good "bird's eye view". It's also the same type of situation when you cross the St. Mary's River and hunt in Southeast Georgia.
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Posted: 6/30/2014 10:01 AM

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It depends on the season, the day of the week, and the planned hunt.  During black powder season, I hunt exclusively from a tree stand.  During general firearms season, I also hunt from a tree stand.  On Saturday I will either hunt from a stand or from the ground depending on whether or not my hunt club is concentrating a dog drive in a specific area.
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Posted: 6/30/2014 10:45 AM

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Finally, another dog hunter!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted: 7/1/2014 6:31 PM

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Hey saw this topic on the home page. Not that many tall trees around here and once the leaves fall off you stick out like a sore thumb in the woods. Mostly during bow season before the leaves fall. So don't use a tree stand much after the leaves drop. But when I do I use a harness. Love highs, just not the rough landing.

After the leaves fall, ground blind, or a stand, over corn which I am putting out now. A heater is nice on those cold evenings, after sun up to warm up on cold mornings. Don't light it until after day light, and leave just after dark. But don't use it that much, as I dress for the long cold slow walk to the stand. I often use ceder rubbed all over, don't wash my hunting cloths that often during season, and they hang out side, but have camp fire smoke smell on them, as the air that time of year is filled with both smells. I have seen the bottled deer pee work, but I think the deer around here have learned the difference between bottle pee and fresh pee.
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Posted: 7/2/2014 12:24 PM

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How
do I hunt whitetails? Hmm ground blind, tree stand and the most effective way is opening my dining room window.

The hardest part of getting a deer at my place is picking the one you want.
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Posted: 7/2/2014 8:44 PM

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mowgle, I could open a kitchen window, dining room, window, or any various bedroom windows. Or I could just sit on my deck. My shooting house on a food plot is less than 40 yards from my back door.

Ain't it great living without neighbors and outside of town limits??????????
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Posted: 7/2/2014 8:50 PM

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I just have not been hungry enough to ambush those that come up around the house, yet.
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Posted: 7/4/2014 10:17 AM

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Once the season opens, I'm not picky about where I can kill 'em on my place.
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