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Ohio's archery season opened Sept. 28, but it didn't mean much to many bow hunters. Lots of folks went out on opening day, of course, because it's traditional and some made a few trips later.
Two, when construction time comes, place that stand as high as possible. A veteran hunting friend who's taken many a whopper buck told me, "I never build one less than 20 feet high, and I try hard to get it up there 25 feet, even more."
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If planning to hold off on tree stands until you actually find a nice scrape or two, decide now where to place it. Some believe stands should be along approaches to a major scrape, while others feel they should Reebok Grey Trainers be within shooting range.
Five, when approaching your tree stand near a scrape, always wear rubber boots. There's still a little argument about this, but most experts now say that rubber footwear leaves no scent, while leather gear does.
Four, it never hurts to bait a scrape, but do so with fresh doe urine, prefer doe in estrus or heat. Using last year's badly deteriorated bottled urine just isn't the answer.
Three, even at 25 feet, when a deer approaches, sit motionless. It's an amateur's downfall to see a deer coming, and burst into a flurry of activity. They'll turn to get a better shot, lift their bow, even stand up. At that distance those movements draw attention. The deer leaves. Only when a whitetail is close, almost in shooting range where it must tilt its head far back to spot you, dare you make moves and draw the string.
But it's during the rut that bow and crossbow hunters become serious, because deer move then, and the big bucks get silly. It's the year's best chance to put antlers on the wall and meat in the freezer.
Ohio's deer rut normally starts around the last week in October, hits full swing the first three weeks of November, then begins to taper. That means it's already begun and deer are moving with bucks looking for does and does are looking for partners.
There's still time to build tree stands, or ground blinds, and scout out a favorite farm. But there are some points that archers not yet truly knowledgeable about their sport should keep in mind. Solid tactics will up your chances of bagging a fine whitetail.
Walking around a scrape or along a trail leaving man scent behind is obviously a poor move. Do your best not to brush against trees and bushes either. If you must do Saucony Athletes
targets, and when that buck comes in, you're highly likely to get him.
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It's an arguable point, but I think big bucks approach a scrape cautiously, then lose some of that caution when they're close and begin to hurry in hopes that a doe has been there. So, I like mine close.
foot ladder stand, but unless it's well situated in heavy cover, they're only placing themselves high enough to make it easy for deer to see them. A buck moving in doesn't need to tilt its head to spot these low sitters. He will simply race away when the archer moves or draws his string.
this in a thick area, at least approach with the wind in your face or quartering.
Finally, do some shooting from that stand. Place small targets in the likely directions of deer approach, and at various distances. Practice until you can hit or closely miss the Reebok Suede Grey
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