For my early season, most of my hunts are not that long, depending on the temps. I'm usually in the stand an hour before sunrise and will only sit until 9am. As far as the evening sits go, I'll get in 2 to 3 hours before sunset. As far as preference of evening or morning hunts, that's up to the hunter. Some areas are better suited for morning activity while others seem better in the evening. This is where trail cameras prove invaluable. I usually bring a grunt call, water, power bar, knife, rope to pull my gear up, screw in step to hang bow and pack, saw, rachet pruners, and a card reader in case I'm pulling a trail camera. Hope this helps.