I’ve been Run and Gun style of hunting for the last few years and have been fairly successful at it so I thought I would share some techniques that I have used. This kind of hunting is not for everyone or every situation but I enjoy doing it when I can. This situation is from this last weekend, my daughter had something she wanted me to do on Saturday so I couldn’t go up to my place to hunt but I still wanted to go hunting somewhere on Sunday. I pulled up google maps and looked for some state land to hunt. After a little searching I found a spot that looked promising, the spot had fields to the east surrounded by pine rows that bordered deep hardwoods ravine to the west. At 2 p.m. I packed all my gear up and headed out to get a look at it firsthand. Sunday was hot and humid so I pack a backpack with my camo, scent spray and a thermacell. I grabbed my bow and my Lone Wolf Alfa with the climbing sticks and I was off down a horse trail. This horse trail dived the pine woods and was a perfect entrance point to find where the deer where crossing to go to the field. Within 200 yards of my truck I crossed 3 different trails where the deer were crossing, knowing the acorns are falling I worked my way towards the oak ridges. Where the pines and the oaks meet I could see the deer were pounding the acorns along the transition area. I walked along this transition area until I found where the biggest concentration of tracks coming out of the ravine. With a south east wind I set up just north of where the main trail where I thought they would come up. The time was now 3:30 I set up my Lone Wolf and was settled in by 3:45. Practicing setting up your stand is crucial with this type of hunting because you never know how close they are bedding to you, lots of clanging around is never good. I sat and waited, it wasn’t until about 6:30 before I saw my first deer. A doe and a fawn crossed in front of me and headed down a steep ravine, within a minute of them passing through another deer pops out and feed right for me. This young buck fed for 45 minutes while under 10 yards from me. It was getting dark fast when I caught movement from the direction the does went off to, both the doe and the fawn were coming up the trail feeding on acorns. It took forever for her to clear the underbrush but by the time she did she was at 6 yards. I drew my bow and passed an arrow right through her, she ran off and dropped just out of sight. I know it wasn’t a monster buck but it’s just as fun to go out onto public land and have an encounter with deer on your first sit. The downside to hunting like this is no shooting lanes, you have to pick a spot where you think they’ll be standing when you hang your stand. I do take a saw with me but I try to make as little noise as possible. Also you never know when someone else has been in the area, maybe they already bumped the deer you’re hunting. Regardless this type of hunting is challenging and can be frustrating but it is rewarding when it comes together. Sorry no pictures it was late and hot when I got her out.