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Treestand Timing Can Be as Important as Placement


Choosing when to hunt a particular treestand can mean success or failure. Watch how these hunters make inconsistent conditions pay off.

Having more than one stand option is smart, as conditions vary from location to location. Choosing when to hunt certain locations, based on weather, time of day and wind conditions may be just as important as where you place your stand.

It's late October for these Missouri hunters. They're hunting a 77 acre family farm property.

The treestand they've chosen to hunt for this episode is unique, in that its location is subject to inconsistent winds.

Geographically, the treestand they've dubbed "T-Bone" is located in a valley where the wind often swirls. As such, its effectiveness is limited because deer have been able to take advantage of the unpredictable winds to catch the scent of hunters on stand.

So, they hunt this stand infrequently - only four or five times a season - and only when the wind is perfect. This day the wind was right, and it paid off.

The lesson here is to pay attention to wind patterns on different stands. Some stands can be hunted consistently because the wind is predictable. Other stands need to be hunted more infrequently if the wind is inconsistent.

Getting busted too many times at a particular location can put deer off that location or compel them to use it only nocturnally.

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Treestand Timing Can Be as Important as Placement