If you’re a serious hunter, then you know that sometimes you have to put in the time if you want to bag that trophy deer you’ve been dreaming about all year long. By putting in the time, I’m talking about staying in your tree stand all day- from sunrise to sunset.
To help you withstand the cold, boredom, and hunger that comes with hunting all day in a tree stand, we’ve put together a list of some useful tips that might just help prevent you from missing the buck of a lifetime.
5 Tips for Hunting in a Tree Stand all Day Long
Tip 1: Know That Your Hunting a Productive Deer Funnel
If you plan on hunting all day in a tree stand, you need to have complete confidence in that location. Nothing can be more discouraging than hunting in a spot that you’re unsure of. This is why it’s recommended that you scout and choose your own location.
If you are unable to choose the location of your stand, (for instance, hunting with a friend or hunting guide) make sure to ask them why they feel that this location might be productive.
Pull up your spot on a map and have them show you how and why deer will be moving within range of your selected stand.
Tip 2: Use the Right Tree Stand
The simple fact is that all tree stands are not made to sit in all day long. A stand that has a large platform and comfortable seat will make all the difference in the world when hunting all day in a tree stand. When it comes to tree stands for all-day hunts, bigger is always better.
One of my personal favorites is the Viper SD Climbing Tree Stand by Summit Tree Stands. It has an extremely comfortable seat as well as a large 20”wide standing platform.
Tip 3: Setup Your Hunting Area for Success
First and foremost, ensuring that you have plenty of good shooting lanes will greatly improve your chances for success. Once you’re up in your stand, hang all your gear in strategic locations for quick and easy access with minimal movement.
Make sure that your hanging gear isn’t in a location that might impede a shot. Nothing is more frustrating than sitting for 8 hours, only to miss a 10 point monster due to gear being in the way.
Also, during those long down times, it’s always a good idea to use your range finder to zap the areas where you expect that buck to present a shot.
Tip 4: Bring the Right Hunting Accessories
A ratchet pruner and folding saw are no-brainer accessories to guard against pesky, previously unseen branches. Also, make sure you always have a few deer calls, including a grunt, bleat call, and rattling system in your hunting pack.
Make sure you have dedicated some time beforehand to practice with each, to ensure producing realistic tones is second nature.
Tip 5: Don’t Forget to Bring Your Fuel
While a couple of granola bars may be enough if you only plan on spending a few hours in your tree stand, it’s not gonna cut it if you plan on pulling an all day hunt in your stand.
Anything more than a few hours will definitely require bringing along a little more sustenance. You’ll also need to bring along plenty of water.
With that being said, make sure to leave the noisy stuff at home, including the crinkly water bottles and granola wrappers. While these things are a good choice, you’ll want to transfer them to a container that’s a little less noisy.
Bonus Tip: How to Survive When Nature Calls
One question that I get asked more than anything else is “what do you do when you have to go?”. While I’m sure you can find a ton of different answers concerning this question, here’s how I deal with this age-long problem of hunting in a tree stand.
If you’re only hunting for a few hours, this shouldn’t be a problem. However, if you plan on logging some real time in your stand, it can be a real issue.
First, I always make sure to wake up at least one hour before I actually have to be up. This usually gives my body time to get rid of any waste aka #2. I also make sure to bring a couple of Gatorades for drinking and once emptied, use for urinating.
Make sure you only sip enough liquids to stay hydrated. This will help with the need to go pee. It’s also a good idea to bring along a couple of biodegradable bags and toilet paper, so that if you get the sudden urge to go #2, you have something to dispose of it properly.
Of course, going to the bathroom while at your hunting location always raises the risk of spooking that monster buck, but when you gotta go you gotta go.
So, are you ready for the all-day hunting challenge? Pulling a few of these marathon sits during the right stages of the rut can really improve your odds of bagging that monster buck. Keep in mind though that the right gear and mindset is a must for hunting in a tree stand all day.