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David Frank

Stand Location Questions and Tips

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I have a couple of great areas to bow hunt within a mile of a river bottom heavily populated with deer. The problem I have is I am not very well experienced in chosing a good stand location. I have always archery hunted the Black Hills of SD in the past where the deer roam more and have less of a set food source. Any help from any of the experienced bowhunters on where to, or not to set a stand would be greatly helpful. I will attempt to describe the locations I have to chose from the best I can using directions. Feel free to draw a small picture of the description so I am not confusing anyone. The predominant wind direction in the fall is from the West/Northwest. I feel that I have plenty of cover in either spot to hang a tree stand without detection.

One area is a large rectangular stand of trees about 400 yards(east and west) by 150 yards(north and south). There is a gravel road running east and west along the north end of this grove of trees. Accross the road to the north, is a corn field. To the west and southwest is an alfalfa field that butts up to the trees. Farther to the west is another corn field. There is a small slough that runs to the south, beginning at the southeast corner of the tree grove. The alfalfa field I mentioned earlier butts up to this slough on the west and runs all the way along the south side of the stand of trees. there is a harvested wheat field to the east of this slough. The land owner didn't seem to know much about deer hunting, or deer habits for that matter, but did key me in on a few observations of his own. He sad he had seen 2 "big" (who knows how big) bucks using this area, and that the deer seemed to use the slough that runs north and south as a travel route. During one of my scouting sessions in this area, I saw one doe cross the road heading north, from the east end of the tree row where the slough adjoins, and I also saw a decent 4x4 and a fork-horn feeding next to the slough in the alfalfa about 200 yards to the south of the tree row. This leads me to believe that the deer are not only traveling in this slough, but also bedding in it at times.

The other location seems to be about as good as it gets for an archery hunter. It consists of 2 separate tree rows running east and west about 500 yards apart. There is a highway running north and south on the east side of the tree rows. The north tree row has a plowed field to the north of it and corn butting up to it on the south side. This same corn also butts up to the north end of the southern tree row. There is also corn on the south side of this tree row. The river bottom runs north and south within a quarter of a mile to the west of the ends of the tree rows. I have not been able to do much effective scouting in this area due to the tall corn reducing my visibility of the area from a distance. I assume that deer bed in the river bottom or in the corn and drink from the river and feed in the corn or graze the area in between the corn and river bottom. I also assume that the deer use the tree rows as travel routs and to check scrapes and rubs. My guess is that this may be a great spot a little later, during the pre-rut when most of the other food sources have been harvested, and corn becomes a main attractor. I also assume that the southern tree row may be a more likely spot for a stand, not only because it is slightly thicker, but because of the wind. Am I correct on this assumption. Would I be best placing a stand somewhere near the middle of the tree row to intercept traveling deer or at the far west end of the tree row where I may have a little better visibility and the possiblility of intercepting a buck traveling from the river bottom to the corn.

Sorry I babbled a lot just now, but any help on stand location, huntable wind directions, stand entry and exit routes, time of day to hunt, time of year to hunt, or any other tips or information that may pertain to these locations would be helpful.

THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ AND HELP! I only used this much detail because I know that details will make or break a bow hunt for the ever elusive whitetail buck!

Dave Frank

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    • rundrave

      Posted

      I think you need to go back to basics. What you are trying to do doesn't have to be reinforced in just the boat.

      You need that dog to obey and listen to each command you give. If you are trying to get her to sit/stay then that's what you need to work on.

      You can practice and work on that command every time you open the door to the kennel to let the dog out. You tell her to sit/stay and you open the door. If she doesn't you know close the door and repeat.

      Every time you give your dog a bowl of food don't just give it to her make her sit/stay before she get its. There are  varieties of situation that the sit command can be used for. Start with small exercises and work your way up to bigger more complicated tasks, repetition, repetition repetition. Be sure to praise and always try to end work on a positive note. 

      I think the most important thing is don't give a command you cant reinforce.

    • Musky hunter 82

      Posted

      I made it out last night, saw a small buck and a nice doe at 20 yards but to quite to hear them and since I'm in some really thick stuff I didn't see them until they were on top of me.  Also saw another deer 40 yards away but couldn't tell what it was, then spooked something behind (not the direction the deer normally head to in the evening) me as I was getting down.  Almost had a Coyote in the CRP grass when I was walking out, big sucker and the second one see in two sits now (one by my wife and now by me), the land owner said that they are coming up on to his yard now.  I've hunted this ground for 12 years and this is the first year I've seen a coyote while hunting.

      Here's a couple of views from the stand, going to move it to the edge of the CRP field that is about 30 yards behind me.

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    • paceman

      Posted

      Made it out for a very short sit Saturday Night. Thunder storms had my son and I scrambling for the truck. Our view. Lots of good deer sign in area. Early SE Corn.JPG

    • 750 this week only Im losing money on this but would rather have someone be able to use it than for it to just sit around. After this week I am going to winterize it and it will no longer be for sale.

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      If she knows sit but just needs some reinforcement, it may just take a couple trips where you don't even bring the gun along and let others shoot while you handle the dog. 

      If she's real bad, I would recommend going back to the basics. It will be tougher with an older dog versus a puppy but is definitely worth it. Check out the retriever training DVDS by Bill Hillman. They are spendy but definitely worth it.

    • easyrider25

      Posted

      Looking for advice on keeping the dog focused and quiet in the duck boat.  Was out today and we shot enough ducks to keep her busy, however my dog is such a hyper hypo that it's a  little annoying.  Either whining or jumping back and forth from the front and back of the boat.  Do I just need to establish the expectation and keep on her till she finally gets it or is this how some dogs are in the boat? This is her 4th year duck hunting and she has continued to improve each season.  Overall I am happy with her work, especially with the limited amount of hunting I do.  We were out today for 3 hours, shot 8 birds and she did great on the retrieving end and is pretty much focused on the skies, but if something is not constantly dropping from them I feel like I have a screaming baby on my hands.  It's not really that bad, just very annoying.   I would just like her to sit in her spot, stare at the skies and wait for my command.  Is this to much to ask?

    • On 9/24/2016 at 3:30 PM, ZachD said:

      she's getting big

      She's up to 38 pounds at a few days short of 5 months and does not stop going 100 mph. She got exposed to a lot of feathers this weekend at duck camp. She retrieved dead ducks and geese in the yard after our hunts. The goose was a bit big so I chopped a wing off and worked with that after she picked it up and barely made it back a short distance to me. 

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    • delcecchi

      Posted

      Maybe that is how they can stay in business 

    • flagislanddan

      Posted

      Fishing Report from Flag Island Resort Lake of the Woods, Northwest Angle 9/25/16

       

      Happy Fall!

       

      On the Minnesota side fishing has been great around Soldier’s and Mergan’s Point. Most points have been producing fish as well as bays due to shiners moving into the bays. Raps and spinners have been successful as well as 3/8 ounce jigs with the jig bite turning back on. Shiners, crawlers and fatheads have all been attracting the fish. The magic depth has been between 8 and 18 feet. The duck and goose opener has been successful with many resident birds still around we have not seen any signs of northern birds in the area. There have been many Woodducks and Mallards around.

       

      Over on the Ontario side the Walleye bite has been great and the Crappies are picking up. Anglers have been targeting fall spots and jigging in 18-28 feet of water. Emerald shiners are on the move to spawn so watch for them in channels and bays with creeks. The water temp is cooling down and is approximately at 62 degrees. Trolling for Muskies in 10-18 feet has also been good.

       

      The leaves are starting to change colors and there is definitely a chill in the air but, there is still plenty of time to get in on some wonderful fall fishing. The best part about fall fishing is some of the great wildlife you get to see out and about. Also, it is a good time to start thinking about your winter ice fishing trip, we would love to have you as our guest!

       

      Until next week, good luck fishing!

      Guides Dan Schmidt, Jeremy Glessing and Devin Rau

       

      Flag Island Resort

      218-223-8011

       

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    • flagislanddan

      Posted

      Fishing Report from Flag Island Resort Lake of the Woods, Northwest Angle 9/26/16

       

      Happy Fall!

       

      On the Minnesota side fishing has been great around Soldier’s and Mergan’s Point. Most points have been producing fish as well as bays due to shiners moving into the bays. Raps and spinners have been successful as well as 3/8 ounce jigs with the jig bite turning back on. Shiners, crawlers and fatheads have all been attracting the fish. The magic depth has been between 8 and 18 feet. The duck and goose opener has been successful with many resident birds still around we have not seen any signs of northern birds in the area. There have been many Woodducks and Mallards around.

       

      Over on the Ontario side the Walleye bite has been great and the Crappies are picking up. Anglers have been targeting fall spots and jigging in 18-28 feet of water. Emerald shiners are on the move to spawn so watch for them in channels and bays with creeks. The water temp is cooling down and is approximately at 62 degrees. Trolling for Muskies in 10-18 feet has also been good.

       

      The leaves are starting to change colors and there is definitely a chill in the air but, there is still plenty of time to get in on some wonderful fall fishing. The best part about fall fishing is some of the great wildlife you get to see out and about. Also, it is a good time to start thinking about your winter ice fishing trip, we would love to have you as our guest!

       

      Until next week, good luck fishing!

      Guides Dan Schmidt, Jeremy Glessing and Devin Rau

       

      Flag Island Resort

      218-223-8011

       

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  • Posts

    • rundrave
      I think you need to go back to basics. What you are trying to do doesn't have to be reinforced in just the boat. You need that dog to obey and listen to each command you give. If you are trying to get her to sit/stay then that's what you need to work on. You can practice and work on that command every time you open the door to the kennel to let the dog out. You tell her to sit/stay and you open the door. If she doesn't you know close the door and repeat. Every time you give your dog a bowl of food don't just give it to her make her sit/stay before she get its. There are  varieties of situation that the sit command can be used for. Start with small exercises and work your way up to bigger more complicated tasks, repetition, repetition repetition. Be sure to praise and always try to end work on a positive note.  I think the most important thing is don't give a command you cant reinforce.
    • Musky hunter 82
      I made it out last night, saw a small buck and a nice doe at 20 yards but to quite to hear them and since I'm in some really thick stuff I didn't see them until they were on top of me.  Also saw another deer 40 yards away but couldn't tell what it was, then spooked something behind (not the direction the deer normally head to in the evening) me as I was getting down.  Almost had a Coyote in the CRP grass when I was walking out, big sucker and the second one see in two sits now (one by my wife and now by me), the land owner said that they are coming up on to his yard now.  I've hunted this ground for 12 years and this is the first year I've seen a coyote while hunting. Here's a couple of views from the stand, going to move it to the edge of the CRP field that is about 30 yards behind me.
    • paceman
      Made it out for a very short sit Saturday Night. Thunder storms had my son and I scrambling for the truck. Our view. Lots of good deer sign in area.
    • ZachD
      750 this week only Im losing money on this but would rather have someone be able to use it than for it to just sit around. After this week I am going to winterize it and it will no longer be for sale.
    • MattL
      How is she on the sit command?  That is the basis of everything.  She needs to learn to sit still and wait until the next command.  I don't even teach my dogs "stay" because it isn't necessary if they are solid on "sit".  Every dog has the ability to be steady, it is up to you to teach them.  A lab that isn't steady in the boat is not only annoying, it is potentially dangerous with loaded guns and the potential to capsize a boat in open water.  If she knows sit but just needs some reinforcement, it may just take a couple trips where you don't even bring the gun along and let others shoot while you handle the dog.  If she's real bad, I would recommend going back to the basics. It will be tougher with an older dog versus a puppy but is definitely worth it. Check out the retriever training DVDS by Bill Hillman. They are spendy but definitely worth it.