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Old 11-24-2020, 01:48 PM   #51
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30min to 1hr depending on what I am trying to kill
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Old 11-24-2020, 01:49 PM   #52
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I try before there is ANY light/glow in the sky, but not always successful.
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Old 11-24-2020, 01:54 PM   #53
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Old 11-24-2020, 02:04 PM   #54
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Hour at the minimum
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Old 11-24-2020, 02:06 PM   #55
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When I hunted near Ballinger, I always got to the stand early because deer would be in the brush waiting for the feeder to go off. I would simply lean back, close my eyes and listen.

Most of these East Texas deer come to the corn if and when they want to. If I get in 20/30 minutes before daylight now Iím good.
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Old 11-24-2020, 02:09 PM   #56
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Depends on the prior night around the campfire.
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Old 11-24-2020, 02:10 PM   #57
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1 hour before sunrise. Fun to take a thermal monocular and scan while still dark. Lot's of critters on the move right before daylight.
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Old 11-24-2020, 02:21 PM   #58
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One of the best hunters I’ve ever known told me something while hunting out of state. He was always “late” to me And he would say “why are you in such a hurry?”.... we got to get there before the deer do!... “what time to they get there?”... I don’t know. “Me either”

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“Everything in these woods makes noise,.... but only one thing has a flashlight
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Old 11-24-2020, 02:53 PM   #59
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Old 11-24-2020, 03:02 PM   #60
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usually climbing in the blind as the feeder is going off...
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Old 11-24-2020, 03:16 PM   #61
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Old 11-24-2020, 03:38 PM   #62
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Usually an hour before the feeder goes off (feeder goes off 10 minutes after crack of dawn).....45 minutes minimum. Maybe a little more if its my first trip to that blind for the weekend and I plan on hunting it all weekend just to get my crap set up....camera, booster etc. I like to get all settled in myself, cool down from the walk in and then just sit back to get my mind right. I can check in with my buddies hunting across the state too via text. I open my curtains and the shooting window about 15 minutes before the feeder goes off. I like the quiet idle time before the hunt personally.
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Old 11-24-2020, 04:12 PM   #63
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Atleast 30mins before legal shoot. Try for 45mins-1hr


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Old 11-24-2020, 05:04 PM   #64
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I Ďtryí to be in the stand 30 minutes before light. But by the time I get the boys up, delivered to their spots and any other number of things...... I usually donít need any light going in. Haha.


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Old 11-24-2020, 05:06 PM   #65
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I'm usually in and settled by 5:30, first shooting light in my set is approx 6:45.
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Old 11-24-2020, 05:09 PM   #66
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An hour and a half before legal shooting time. Just so I have time to get settled and go back to sleep for an hour...
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Old 11-24-2020, 05:12 PM   #67
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I worry I push deer walking in, so I get there an hour before legal.
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Old 11-24-2020, 06:32 PM   #68
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I try to get in my stand as close to legal shooting time as possible...as soon as I can see to slowly and quietly walk in without a flashlight. The less time you are there the less your scent will be around your stand, especially if it's humid and cold.
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Old 11-24-2020, 06:37 PM   #69
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I try to get in my stand as close to legal shooting time as possible...as soon as I can see to slowly and quietly walk in without a flashlight. The less time you are there the less your scent will be around your stand, especially if it's humid and cold.

These are my thoughts as well. You can bump them at 4:30 the same as 6:30. I hate to use a flashlight coming in, and Iíll get my extra sleep in bed!


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Old 11-24-2020, 06:55 PM   #70
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I used to always get in the stand 1-1.5 hours early and then nap. Now I try to get in the stand about 30-45 minutes before first light. I follow a road right up to my stand. I have found out that if I just walk normal I don't make as much noise as when I try to be quite. So I just walk straight to the stand and then I hand corn a gallon of corn between the stand and the feeder. I get into the stand and on a full moon morning I can see deer eating the hand corn before I am even set up in the stand.
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Old 11-24-2020, 07:11 PM   #71
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I walk in the last 2-300 yards light enough to see to shoot
Exactly what I do.

I walk in at gray light and even set up my saddle at gray light. I am not hunting feeders though. Totally different game up here.

I learned this from a guy up her that has multiple Boone and Crocket bow killed deer on the wall. One this year on October 30th that went 211 and change.

I can see if there are deer in the cut corn or food plots and adjust my strategy instead of blowing them out.

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Old 11-24-2020, 07:31 PM   #72
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Put on a pair of swimming goggles to protect the eyes and use no flashlight. Turn screen brightness down on your cell phone and watch gps to get to stand or blind.
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Old 11-24-2020, 07:36 PM   #73
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Put on a pair of swimming goggles to protect the eyes and use no flashlight. Turn screen brightness down on your cell phone and watch gps to get to stand or blind.

Youíre kidding right?
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Old 11-24-2020, 07:50 PM   #74
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Youíre kidding right?

Never tried it. How does it sound to you? Maybe crawl on hands and to keep a step rhythm like a 4 legged animal.
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Old 11-24-2020, 08:01 PM   #75
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Never tried it. How does it sound to you? Maybe crawl on hands and to keep a step rhythm like a 4 legged animal.

Thank goodness! I know Iím a lazy hunter but dang! Does sound like a good trick for a newbie
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Old 11-24-2020, 08:31 PM   #76
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An hour to hour and half to give things time to calm down before sneaking in. I actually mowed a path to my stand back in sept and moved all the sticks and rocks. Shhhhhh
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Old 11-24-2020, 09:23 PM   #77
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Not directed at anyone in particular, but everytime this subject comes up there are many remarks about "letting the woods calm down". What in the world are yall doin on the way to the blind that takes an hour to calm down?

I can shoot a rifle over their heads at pigs, and they'll be eating corn again in 2 minutes. I shot a pig with my bow last month that bled and squealed like hell, and had deer eating under my tree less than 5 minutes later next to the arrow.
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Old 11-24-2020, 09:31 PM   #78
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15-20 minutes tops before I can see clearly.
Maybe I am just not mad at them anymore...
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Old 11-24-2020, 09:31 PM   #79
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Not directed at anyone in particular, but everytime this subject comes up there are many remarks about "letting the woods calm down". What in the world are yall doin on the way to the blind that takes an hour to calm down?

I can shoot a rifle over their heads at pigs, and they'll be eating corn again in 2 minutes. I shot a pig with my bow last month that bled and squealed like hell, and had deer eating under my tree less than 5 minutes later next to the arrow.


I would guess that some people hunt places with more pressure than others. We are bow only so I gotta get them in close. However I would probably be just fine walking in 30 min before shooting light.

I just like to get a nap in. I set my notifications to on for my Covert, send them to vibrate only on my Apple Watch and let that or my feeder throwing be my alarm clock....


And now I feel like Iím cheating somehow. Of course that only works if Iím hunting a box blind at a feeder and not one of my quadpods, tripods or brushed in blinds.
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Old 11-24-2020, 10:17 PM   #80
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Walk in about 10 minutes before shooting with no flashlight. Hunt past 10:00am while the early crew has left to hunt breakfast or a crapper.
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Old 11-25-2020, 12:03 AM   #81
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About 20-30 minutes before LST. Anything more and I’ll fall asleep and stay asleep or I’ll start snoring like a grizzly bear and probably spook stuff off! I have to stay awake. Me walking in even 15 minutes before the feeder goes off doesn’t affect our deer at all. Snoring like an angry grizzly bear from inside a box or ground blind will though....

If I’m being honest, opening morning when I’m all fired up I’ll get in there 30 minutes before shooting time, besides that it’s more like 10 or 15 minutes

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Old 11-25-2020, 12:30 AM   #82
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30 - 40 minutes, I hunt out of a tripod and cant risk nodding off, by getting there any earlier.

Thatís why I wear a seatbelt in mine!


Sure miss those days of being able to hunt a lease for a nominal cost that didnít create greed and a feeling of despair if you didnít kill something!
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Old 11-25-2020, 12:44 AM   #83
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about 15 min before shooting light, i seem to see as many deer as others on lease

I blow through with my SXS spreading corn anywhere between 15 to 30 minutes before my feeder goes off. My feeder goes off about legal shooting light to sunrise. Iíll adjust my feeder time at the end of my hunt if needed because I may not be back for a couple of weeks and always adjust it for the time Iíll be back.


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Old 11-26-2020, 07:15 AM   #84
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Im the stand at 5am

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Old 11-26-2020, 07:24 AM   #85
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1hour plus. Dont sleep listen to night sounds and woods waking up. Like to listen to owls in the early hours

Woods waking up is one of my favorite parts of hunting. That being said, I try for 30 minutes.


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Old 11-26-2020, 03:11 PM   #86
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Been gettin up @ 3:30 am for for work a looooonng time . Usually beat the alarm clock. Got my s*#!t packed night before, pick it up & go. Usually get a pretty good nap before L S T.
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Old 11-26-2020, 03:23 PM   #87
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An hour before legal shooting light. Watching God's Glory wake up on the horizon from a tree is one of the most enjoyable things in life imo.

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Old 11-26-2020, 03:43 PM   #88
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Usually in the stand within minutes of LST or right at it. I like to walk in with “gray light”. Much quieter and don’t need a flash light. I’m not racing a feeder or anything, so I guess it’s different.
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Old 11-26-2020, 03:51 PM   #89
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45 minutes to 1 hour.
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Old 11-26-2020, 03:57 PM   #90
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Old 11-26-2020, 04:45 PM   #91
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I walk in at Gray light.
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Old 11-26-2020, 04:51 PM   #92
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We don’t hunt stands or feeders. So we sit on the porch and wait until we see deer starting to move. It may be 30 minutes after daylight or an hour and half after. And we kill plenty of deer. We only use road feeders. They wait on us not us on them.
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Old 11-26-2020, 05:21 PM   #93
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Until this season i've always been a one hour before sunrise guy. This season i've changed to one before shooting light. 1.5 hours before sunrise. I feel like the change has been a good one.
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Old 11-26-2020, 07:09 PM   #94
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0-30 min tops for me...


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Old 11-26-2020, 07:17 PM   #95
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These are my thoughts as well. You can bump them at 4:30 the same as 6:30. I hate to use a flashlight coming in, and Iíll get my extra sleep in bed!


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Preach it! My bed is a hell of a lot more comfortable than a tripod or blind chair.

I park my electric cart within 20 yards of my stand and Iíve never had a problem spooking deer. I run green lights (if Iím not using my PVS-7 ).

Iíve gotten off the cart and climbed in my Maverick blind with deer still in the feeder.


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Old 11-26-2020, 07:20 PM   #96
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An hour before legal shooting light. Watching God's Glory wake up on the horizon from a tree is one of the most enjoyable things in life imo.

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I get to see the same sunrise you do when I walk in 15 minutes before legal light......


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Old 11-26-2020, 07:49 PM   #97
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I get to see the same sunrise you do when I walk in 15 minutes before legal light......


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Old 11-26-2020, 08:11 PM   #98
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10-20 minutes before shooting time.
Works fine for me.
I usually leave my stuff in the tree or blind if Iím hunting the same spot for days on end.


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Old 11-26-2020, 08:48 PM   #99
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With all of the early arrivers at stands, what times do you do most of your shooting?

My personal best times for having shots are 7:30A- 10:00A
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Old 11-26-2020, 09:53 PM   #100
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With all of the early arrivers at stands, what times do you do most of your shooting?

My personal best times for having shots are 7:30A- 10:00A

My personal best shooting time is the first and last hour of legal shooting time. Setting up close to bedding areas Iím counting on catching one coming from night time feeding area to bed. Same as in the afternoon. They are leaving bed and going to feed the last ďgolden hourĒ
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