Prerequisites of Opportunistic Stand Hunting

Learning to recognize tracks of whitetails and their many meanings is a vital first step to learning how to use my newest, amazingly productive form of stand hunting to hunt mature bucks and other deer. I call this hunting method “opportunistic stand hunting,” a means of taking quick (necessary) advantage very fresh tracks and/or other signs made by unalarmed deer. To successfully use this new hunting method, the hunter must be ready and able to move quietly to two new, unused stand sites near newly discovered fresh deer signs daily, made practical by the use of a folding backpacked stool and stand hunting at unprepared stand sites at ground level. Then, while stand hunting or while approaching a stand site on foot, the hunter must be very difficult to be positively identified by nearby deer via sight or hearing and impossible to smell (unlike while scouting mid-hunt).

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