So, it is a big pain in the *** to walk with an arrow knocked. I agree. My stands are looong walks, which makes it even worse. Sometimes I do, and sometimes I don't. A few weeks ago, I was walking in and came upon 2 does that bounded out in front of me, and stopped just long enough that I could have shot if I had an arrow knocked.
In this case, it didn't matter. The rut activity was Hot, and I wasn't hunting for does that day. I like to leave the does alone until late season.
Anyway, ... Is it worth HUNDREDS or THOUSANDS of uncomfortable walks in and out over years of hunting for that once in a lifetime opportunity that may never come.??
What do you do?