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Old 11-24-2020, 08:01 AM   #1
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How long before daylight do y’all try to get set up?
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Old 11-24-2020, 08:02 AM   #2
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I try to be setup 30 minutes before legal shooting light.

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Old 11-24-2020, 08:10 AM   #3
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1 hour....best hour of sleep ever
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Old 11-24-2020, 08:11 AM   #4
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I try to be setup 30 minutes before legal shooting light.

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Old 11-24-2020, 08:13 AM   #5
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I try for an hour, 45minutes at the minimum.
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Old 11-24-2020, 08:24 AM   #6
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45 minutes but I don't sleep, I listen.
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Old 11-24-2020, 08:26 AM   #7
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Shoot for an hour !
Usually have 45 mins by time I walk to stand.
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Old 11-24-2020, 08:26 AM   #8
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1 hr. to .45 min. minimum!
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Old 11-24-2020, 08:30 AM   #9
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2-2.5 hours before lst
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Old 11-24-2020, 08:32 AM   #10
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45min. to 1 Hour before the break of light!!
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Old 11-24-2020, 08:42 AM   #11
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At least 1 hr in the blind before first light.


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Old 11-24-2020, 08:43 AM   #12
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about an hour.
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Old 11-24-2020, 08:44 AM   #13
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about 15 min before shooting light, i seem to see as many deer as others on lease
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Old 11-24-2020, 08:45 AM   #14
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45 minutes minimum but usually prefer an hour.


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Old 11-24-2020, 08:46 AM   #15
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I usually try to be settled into my stand 1.5hrs before shooting light.
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Old 11-24-2020, 08:48 AM   #16
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30 minutes
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Old 11-24-2020, 08:50 AM   #17
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Got in the blind at 5:22 this am. Sunrise in Llano was 7:09. I like to be settled in an hour + before legal shooting time.
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Old 11-24-2020, 08:54 AM   #18
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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
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Old 11-24-2020, 08:59 AM   #19
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I always like to be in the blind at 5:45 on opening day (gun season) and adjust with sunrise as the season progresses. I set my feeder to go off at 6:30 a.m. on opening weekend and then adjust it weekly as the season progresses as well.
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Old 11-24-2020, 09:02 AM   #20
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I try to be an hour before LST.
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Old 11-24-2020, 09:03 AM   #21
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30 mins mabye, sometimes 15. Haven't seen any difference what time i get in for the morning hunt. They normal dont move till after 7
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Old 11-24-2020, 09:03 AM   #22
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Feeders go off at 6:45, I've just gotta make sure I'm settled in the blind by 6:15-6:30 because after I park from corning the road and sendero the deer are already coming out.. Most of the deer on our place will only eat road corn anyways..
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Old 11-24-2020, 09:11 AM   #23
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In the stand 1 1/2 hours before sunrise
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Old 11-24-2020, 09:33 AM   #24
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I have always tried to get settled 1 1/2 hours before sunrise.
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Old 11-24-2020, 09:41 AM   #25
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45-60 min before LST
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Old 11-24-2020, 09:42 AM   #26
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20 minutes before shooting light 35 minutes before the feeder goes off.
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Old 11-24-2020, 10:03 AM   #27
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I walk in the last 2-300 yards light enough to see to shoot
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Old 11-24-2020, 10:12 AM   #28
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45 min before legal shooting time
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Old 11-24-2020, 10:16 AM   #29
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I keep track of animal movement using the cameras. many times there is a break around 430-5 when there are no deer or pigs at the feeder. I go in then so not to spook anything
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Old 11-24-2020, 10:34 AM   #30
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Try for 45 mins to and hour before. Very relaxing when its nice and quiet
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Old 11-24-2020, 10:37 AM   #31
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2-2.5 hours before lst
Why so early?
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Old 11-24-2020, 10:37 AM   #32
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Depends on how much whiskey was drank the night before!


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Old 11-24-2020, 10:38 AM   #33
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Usually just stumble out there finishing off the hot beer from the night before. I have been very successful using this method.
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Old 11-24-2020, 10:42 AM   #34
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I like to get in mine 2 hrs before shooting hours and get a good nap in. Like someone said above, best sleep ever!
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Old 11-24-2020, 10:46 AM   #35
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If ya ain’t first you’re last
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Old 11-24-2020, 10:46 AM   #36
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I literally laughed out loud!
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Old 11-24-2020, 11:14 AM   #37
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30 - 40 minutes, I hunt out of a tripod and cant risk nodding off, by getting there any earlier.
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Old 11-24-2020, 11:22 AM   #38
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I get wanting to settle in well before you expect to shoot a deer (daybreak), but anything more than 45 minutes/1 hour seems excessive to me... Deer aren't as spooky at night, and if you're close enough to bump them walking in they probably won't move enough in that extra time before daylight to matter much imo.

I target 30 minutes before legal time.
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Old 11-24-2020, 11:22 AM   #39
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If I get there too early all the road corn is gone by the time the sun comes up and I'm done anyway.
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Old 11-24-2020, 11:27 AM   #40
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I get wanting to settle in well before you expect to shoot a deer (daybreak), but anything more than 45 minutes/1 hour seems excessive to me... Deer aren't as spooky at night, and if you're close enough to bump them walking in they probably won't move enough in that extra time before daylight to matter much imo.
This. They are perfectly content to let you walk/drive on by...

I enjoy the peace and sounds of the dark woods as much as anyone, but I'm not setting there more than 30 minutes staring into the dark. You can set there all night under a full moon and drive yourself crazy looking at critters you can't shoot.
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Old 11-24-2020, 11:34 AM   #41
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Why so early?

Just to let the woods settle down after I walk through and go back to normal.
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Old 11-24-2020, 11:39 AM   #42
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Sat morning i was getting dropped off at my pipeline stand and a deer was out feeding, he took off. As soon as i climbed up in the stand and my wife drove off, he came right back out and was there for 1 hr and 20 mins eating corn. I dont see a need to go in that early
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Old 11-24-2020, 11:55 AM   #43
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I read an Outdoor Life magazine article several years ago..They were talking about a bowhunter,public land;mind ya'..He always walked to his set up in daylight..Was weird about tripping/stepping on stuff..He killed an acre full of big bucks.They were tacked up on an old barn wall..Just a regular guy,from what I gathered.
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Old 11-24-2020, 12:06 PM   #44
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I try for 1.5hrs. Never less than 1hr. If i have a pattern at a feeder i may get there 2hrs early to not disturb anything.
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Old 11-24-2020, 12:19 PM   #45
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I leave the camp house just after the hills start to silhouette. I guess it is a 10-minute buggy ride to most stands. I corn all roads and shooting lanes available at that stand. Using this method the corn is typically gone by about 930 and the bigger bucks have wandered off leaving the doe and yearlings to finish up. I change this up a bit during the rut but not by much.

When hunting with my bow I walk in about 30 minutes early and put a pile of corn where I want the deer's head for the draw. I throw some hand corn but never more than 25-30 yards from my tripod or brush blind.
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Old 11-24-2020, 12:29 PM   #46
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1 hour before sunrise, which is 30 minutes before shooting light.
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Old 11-24-2020, 12:51 PM   #47
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I try for 1.5hrs. Never less than 1hr. If i have a pattern at a feeder i may get there 2hrs early to not disturb anything.

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Old 11-24-2020, 01:29 PM   #48
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I don't think you'll actually know the best time unless you do an experiment with a thermal. Two consecutive mornings in October, I observed different activity(same blind/time/wind) using my thermal. I'd rather be in 45-60 minutes before shooting time. This time I'm busy watching the animals move around or noticing where they were bedding. One morning a ringtail walked down the road and started to climb the latter, so I scared him off. No telling how many times that has happened and not seen w/o a thermal.

I think you bump more deer with your lights than your timing. You can see those white lights for a long way in the hill country. I get dropped off at least a hundred yards from the blind and use my tiny red light to guide me to the blind. I haven't found it or looked yet, but I would like to get an orange or red light for the side by side.
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Old 11-24-2020, 01:32 PM   #49
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30-45mins
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Old 11-24-2020, 01:35 PM   #50
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1 hour for bow 30 minutes for rifle
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