Passing time in the stand

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  1. marine1986

    marine1986 Weekend Warrior

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    So as the season starts to wind down and I become more restless in the stand, I've started bringing a book to read to help pass the time. What do you guys do to help get through late season sits?
     
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    When I'm on stand, no matter what stage of the season, I'm CONSTANTLY scanning for deer, non stop. It's the whole reason I'm there. I can wait until I get home to read, or play on the computer. jmo
     
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    I look for deer when on stand as well. I'm not much of a late season hunter though.
     
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    On an all day sit you are scanning the woods the entire time?
     
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    Without a doubt! Because if I'm doing a dark to dark hunt, it's because it's the rut! The woods get my undivided attention during this time.
     
  6. marine1986

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    That's a good point haha, I guess towards end of season my adhd must kick in and reading helps me to stay on stand longer Good luck w rest of your season
     
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    I have a serious issue staying focused in stand on long sits at any time of the season. Typically i read magazine articles and/or these forums to keep me still and "focused"(obviously to an extent). But i wish i could just scan the woods the entire time, but i fidget too much when i do haha

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    I am not a multi-tasker, if I'm hunting, I'm hunting. Deer can pick up movement from a long way off, often before you even see them, especially now that the leaf cover is gone. My dad is fidgety, can't sit still to save his life, and I see 10 times as many deer as he does, from the same stands. I stopped letting him use my stands because I had deer looking up there, he educated them! You gotta be still.
    Late season for me involves sleeping in, and if I hunt at all, I'll hunt travel areas between bedding and food for just a couple hours in the evening. Older I get the less I can take the cold.
     
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    The best thing to play with on the stand is your Rangefinder.
     
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    Being figity on the stand has always been a problem for me. I finally found out why. This past year at the age of 39 I was diagnosed with severe ADHD. That explains so many issues I have had all throughout life. The doctor put me on Wellbutrin and I was finally able to be a normal person. It lasted two weeks then on April first the Wellbutrin caused me to have two seizures, which led to a stroke.
    Anyways, I can't be on ADHD meds. Not sure what to do. Maybe a ground blind to conceal my movement. Wonder how many deer I've spooked off?

    I make sure to get in a tree with a lot of cover such as a hemlock, or if in my climber I try to be surrounded by hemlocks.


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    I could not imagine reading in the stand. If a deer slips in behind you and is in bow range, where do you set your book in a hurry? I agree with constantly scanning for deer and just watching wildlife.
     
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    I normally play chess on my phone. I have an app where I play chess against other people and I will play. Normally the games are pretty long and you have plenty of time to make a move, look up and scan the entire woods then back down to play your next move.
     
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    i leave the top of my pack open so I can quickly and silently put it away should a deer appear. I usually read a page or two and then do a scan, then read a page or two and do a scan, I really don't see how it is different that when people mess around on their phones while in the stand, at least the book wont run out of batteries.
     
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    Typically I just sit and watch but I will occasionally check these forums or facebook if it's slow. I'm not one to do all day sits either.
     
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    I had to teach myself to sit in a stand without fidgeting when I started hunting whitetails about eight years ago. Growing up in the west and constantly being on the move, glassing, stalking, etc. I really struggled to sit still in a tree stand. In the first season of tree stand hunting I took a book to pass the time after not seeing a deer for the first 5-6 times out. I too tried reading a bit, looking around, reading a bit and so on. About the third evening I did this, I looked up as the hind end of a deer stepped out of sight about 40 yards away. I was extremely disappointed that I had been distracted and missed seeing my first deer from a stand on now my eight or ninth time out. I never brought the book again and slowly worked on focusing on the hunt. I now sit all day probably 8-10 times each season in addition to morning and evening hunts. I have gotten much better and can honestly say I stay focused on the woods the entire time I'm in the tree. There were at least six times this year when I spotted a deer that was only visible for 2 seconds or less. I wait all year for six weeks of tree stand hunting and I'm not about to let any of it slip away while I'm distracted.
     
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    I have to have something read. Having narcolepsy with sleep apneia if I didn't I would be falling asleep and a snore would be worse than anything else. Not to mention the increase risk of falling out of the tree.

    I use my kindle so I don't have to worry about losing my page. I can quickly put it either in my backpack next to me or in my warmer muff if a deer shows.

    Since all my hunting is in pure woods. The amount of area to be scanning is pretty small and normally I can hear the deer before I could ever see them.


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    I'll admit I use my phone quite a bit, in an area with no cell service I'll listen to podcasts
     
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    Podcasts-nice idea.
    I also fidget too much. Being 6'8" I'm usually cramped unless standing or lying on the ground. I have only been on a couple hunts where I get to pick my location. Usually I'm a guest and go where directed by my host. I don't read much but peek at my phone quite a bit and only for a moment. Just like opening morning of gun season I was looking at my buddies text of the nice buck he just shot, I look up and here comes a good buck. I switched to video and tried to get him on film for a few seconds...then quickly remembered I wasn't there to film that. Put down the phone and dropped a nice buck. I'm very lucky to be in a box blind and the only complaint I have is the ceiling is 6'6" low.
     
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    THIS!!!^^^ Very well put.
     
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    I struggle to be super still and scanning the entire time. I have a phone battery charger pack in my bag and ill read a lot of my phone when its.not dark or getting dark.
     

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