Finding success in hunting season begins with finding a premier hunting spot. When it comes to locating that perfect tree for treestand hunting, there are a few factors to consider. Mossy Oak Pro Staffer Scott Barrett has a few scouting tips to help you locate and choose the right tree. Use these hunting Pro Tips to begin your search.
PREVAILING WINDS AND TRAVEL ROUTES
When deciding on a prime hunting spot, a good starting point is to think of the prevailing wind. Being on the wrong end of a gust can bust your chances of seeing your trophy buck. Consider a location where your scent won’t blow directly into your target’s travel route.
Speaking of routes, Barrett says to make sure you have a good pathway to your hunting spot. Look for a tree that can allow you to get in and out undetected. The ability to quietly slink into your stand can help you keep the element of surprise on your side this season.
Barrett also notes you should always keep safety on your mind. This means looking for a tree that is healthy, alive and large enough to house you and your stand. “I want to make sure there’s not any dead limbs around me that can fall in on me,” Barrett says. Other signs of a healthy tree include a tight bark that isn’t peeling or decaying and full-colored leaves.
You should also look to hang your stand in an open portion of the tree. This can help limit the amount of pruning and cutting needed. It can also preserve the tree’s foundation and health.
REMEMBER WHEN YOU HUNT
In order to help your chances of a successful harvest, it can be good practice to set your treestand early. Allow the deer to get used to the structure in their backyard. Finding a hunting spot in the summer, though, is not the same as finding a spot in the fall.
“Everything’s greened up good and a lot of the time, you know, despite some, maybe, early season bow hunts, the times you’re going to be in the woods … there’s not going to be any leaves on the trees,” Barrett says.
Try and give yourself enough cover so you remain hidden when you’re out in the prime of the season. Don’t rely on foliage to hide your stand. It won’t be there.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO CUT
Lastly, once you have your treestand in position and the area scouted, feel free to cut in your shooting lanes. Don’t be afraid to trim, but don’t clear-cut the area, either. Help preserve the natural landscape by only removing what needs trimmed.
BONUS PRO TIP: Barrett says that bringing a hunting companion along can help you pick the perfect spot in half the time. “That’ll really speed things up for you rather than you trying to do it by yourself,” he says.
Scouting for your prime hunting spot can take some time and determination. Use these deer hunting tips to help you zero in on that perfect place.
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