Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Fishing Report Clubs - LIMITED MEMBERSHIP - Join Today - FREE   01/24/2018

      Fishing Minnesota had added a new menu item (see above) called Fishing Report Clubs. It's a way to keep the really good fishing reports coming and being shared only with those who also provide detailed fishing reports. We will only approve new members who request to join if they have already posted a recent fishing report in the area forum, associated with the Fishing Report Club area  you want to join. We are going to limit the number of regular memberships, in the Fishing Report Clubs, to the top 20  members in each Club, to those with the best frequency and quality fishing reports provided in the club and less so in the regular fishing report forum open to all members. The higher quality fishing report reserved for the club of course. If  you want fishing reports  around your area, I would Join Now, some of the clubs are starting to fill fast. Use the Fishing Reports Club link in the Menu above (after you've posted a fishing report in the regular area forum) and request to Join.
  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
finspat

To sit or not to sit??

Recommended Posts

finspat

Just wondering if others, during firearms deer season.

Have a tradition of eother sitting all day, yes I mean sun up til sun down, that is if you dont shoot a deer.

Or do you sit for a couple of hours and hit the fields or woods for drives?

It is all good and fun!

this year should be a good one!!

like to hear from ya !!!

Fins grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
harvey lee

Our group usually sits the first 3-4 hours and then the last 3 hours.I have sat all day if it is during the rut and the deer are moving.Its a very long day for sure and you need a comfy stand to enjoy.

I personally dont do deer drives as it scares the stuff right out of me.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
matthothand

I sit all day if I have the opportunity. I've killed so many deer during midday. If you can stay comfortable and focused I'd recommend anyone to sit all day. Every other hunter usually gets down and heads in after 3-4 hours and comes back for the evening. Those hunters get deer moving if they aren't already. After the weekend is a good time to make a drive or two though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
JDM

Both can be effective on a given day. I have been with my group for seven years. For the first five, we would sit in the morning for an hour, drive all day, and sit for the last hour and a half. We would get deer, but usually 35% as a group. For the last two years, we have been sitting as long and as much as possible, with controlled one man pushes for the only movement. Guess what? We have been 100% on the first day two years in a row, with at least two trophy bucks each year. Of course, the warmer weather really helps. I have shot plenty of deer both ways and also still hunting, so do what you enjoy. The season goes to fast.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Powerstroke

I have killed more deer between 10a-2p. SO now I sit form sun-up till about 8-830. I get a bite and relaw then I make sure I'm back in stand by 930. Come out after 2. Get in stand by 3-315 and sit till dark.

It works out well to cover all the best times. Frankly I feel I would do better to just sleep in but I can't refuse watching the sun rise through the trees.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
brittman

I have sat half-hour before dawn to dusk, but most often take a 3 hour break each day 11 - 2. Hope for cool weather and no fog!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Code-Man

our group does a combination. We sit from dawn till 10-11 go eat. Talk about what we saw and make a game plan for the afternoon. IF the deer were moving sit on the stand from 12-1 till dark. Otherwise we drive part of the woods and sit in the other part or go do a drive then come back and post for the evening. But it all depends on what we saw during the morning.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
love to hunt

I sit all day with very slow little warm up walks maybe twice.

I am not a fan of driving seer as I will not shoot a running target. Too easy to miss or wound and animal.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
mntraveler

We usually sit sun up until sun down for the first day or two. Then it's up to the individual but many usually have their buck by then and those folks usually drive for those that still need to fill a tag for the rest of the week.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
jbell1981

We sit until about 9:00am. Then do drives until 3-4:00pm and sit until dark.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
summit090706

I hunt with a large group. Most of us sit from dusk to dawn, but there are a few that like to walk around about 11:00am to 2:30pm and then get back on stand. I am hoping for a good year with good temps....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
cupper

I hunt in a group of 4 and we are sitters. Most of the other guys take a short brake in the late morning (10-12 or so), but I sit all day. I started doing it about 4 years ago and I really think it makes a difference. I have read alot of articles about big bucks moving during midday. I will say that all of my deer have been taken befor 10 am or after 3 pm, but I have seen plenty of deer midday. I either didn't have a shot or was busted (last year as I was scanning the woods at 1:00 pm I ended up making eye contact with a nice 8 pointer. he was about 50 yds away and he saw me first... game over... I still get sick about that one). Anyway, I really enjoy sitting all day. It does get tiring and you need to keep focus, but I pack a couple sandwiches and banans to help pass the time when I am board or hungry.

Good luck this season!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
BobT

I hunt in the northern Minnesota forests near Mt. Iron where I grew up. My brother is one that can and does sit in his stand from sun up to sun down. I don't know how he does it but I know for sure I can't. I'm one that must get up a move aroung once in a while. I can sit for maybe an hour or two but then I have to move around.

One thing has proven certain over the years. He has been a far more successful deer hunter than I. He has taken larger bucks, more bucks, and more does than I have have. Sure, I have taken my share while moving but nothing compared to him.

If you have the stamina to wait them out, my bet is you will get your chance.

Bob

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
almostthere!

I like to sit all day from prior to legal shooting hour to past legal shooting hour, just so I do not spook deer on the way out. I usually take several naps in the tree stand, though. Therefore, I do not know if that will be considered sitting in the tree stand all day. I also like to come down to gut the shot deer and walk around the stand to get the blood flowing again then climb back up and sit or fall asleep.

I have a buddy who is really good at sitting in his stands. He is so good that sometimes several deers will walk by his notice. He never appeared to be asleep during those times so one day I pulled out the binocs and spyed on him. It turns out that he was thumbing through prono mags.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
lawdog

We sit until 9-9:30 and then start doing drives. EVERY year I try to talk them into sitting longer but they never do. I'm always the last one to come out too they are all waiting for me. I keep telling them we are jumping the gun but whatever. In this area though its pretty tough to rely on anyone moving deer for you, this is wide open farm country and you don't hunt real close to other groups and who knows where the darn deer will ever go either...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
slim1

I have sat the past 2 yrs. all day on sat. and from 9am-dark on sundays, I have seen more bucks in the afternoon hour then in the morning in those years and miss a nice 8 last year.Just make sure you bring some water to drink and some food the day gets long by about 1-2o'clock nap time does set in if it is warm out. Good Luck to all this year.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bigbucks

We usually sit until about 10 on opening morning & then get down & start driving. Sometimes there's one or two guys that will sit all day. I'd like to sit until noon & then do our drives. I'm hoping with the 9 day season I can talk the guys into doing that. The second day we usually sit until maybe 9 & then make drives. Some guys will start pulling out anywhere from 11am on to head home, not me, but I hunt 4 miles from home. If I go home then, it's because we're driving my place. We're very careful about who drives & who posts & very specific about exactly where each poster is & where you can shoot & where you can't. If you don't do those things driving can be very dangerous. Young hunters do not post drives in our party, at least by themselves.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Swamp Scooter

Ever since my very first outing 28 years ago our party has always sat from start to finish. All opening weekend. Now though due to food prep we sit Monday until about noon and then come back and get the ribs going on the smoker, have a little bite to eat and then set up for a single small drive. At the end of it we all sit until dark and then back to eat the dinner waiting! In all that time I think there has only been 1 or 2 deer shot on drives. We are in the woods, not farm fields, so sitting works out best for us to get them if you pick the right stand.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Bassboy1645

our gorup of 4-6 hunts state parks and we sit as early as possible like 330 to 4 am all the way until dark. one of our guys is a still hunter but all he does is stands on the ground and walks so slow its liek hes really stand hunting. We all shoot deer every year and everyone of us takes a nap or 2 and we all pack luches in our vests/bags. around nine to 11 i take a nap focus during the day when hunters are moving and take another nap then hunt till dark. by getting to our stands early too we usually take a npa until half hr before light and often times its light when a majority of the hunters are comign in so usually we are the first to shoot. every year so far in the four ive been wiht them one of us gets a big buck that makes the top 3 of biggest bucks taken in these parks. GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!!!! grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Cooter

I've got my Dad and uncle to vow that no drives will be held until after Thanksgiving this year shocked.gif I'm not an all day sitter but I'm in the camp that says you go back to the house/truck for a little lunch and R&R rather than doing drives. Will see how things go this year. I'm a sit til noon guy, take a little catnap, and back at about 2:30 til dark. We have limited acreage and I hate doing a drive then sitting in the same area mad.gif

A lot of this depends on the habitat you hunt and how much room you have to roam.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • gimruis
      Wait until open water season.  It was ranked #1 in the country for bass for a reason.  Its also ranked #6 in the nation for muskies too if you have enough patience to target them. A recent review of Mille Lacs was conducted by an independent Biologist from Lake Erie and found that what the DNR has done with that lake has been fair, accurate, and appropriate in terms of regulation/harvest/restrictions.  Course, some business owners might say otherwise but the science and data has been found to be true.
    • gimruis
      I did not draw an early season permit.  I may be able to snag a surplus season B, otherwise it will be a later season for me this spring.  The birds are getting SMART.  They have refused to listen to any calls and they are decoy shy so I haven't been using calls or decoys for a while now.  Rather, I just sit there and wait on a travel route and hope they walk within range (sort of like deer hunting I guess).  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.  Scouting is obviously important.  What has also really helped is the use of Winchester Longbeard XR ammo.  I have harvested turkeys out to 60 yards with it in recent years.
    • monstermoose78
      Found out we will have up to 17 guns up for grabs. Plus all the of other prizes. That does not include the 3 guns in the 3 gun raffle. The 3 gun raffle tickets must be purchased before the banquet, so let me know if you need some they are 5 bucks each.
       
    • monstermoose78
      I will be at it with archery gear. It took some time to get the first one with the crossbow but the last two years I stuck a turkey. Watch for the turkey contest here as it is fun times. I can’t wait to see all the photos of turkeys soon.
    • LoonASea
      I wonder if you would still need both on you if you have the lifetime licence 
    • Hoyt4
      It's go time, i pretty much have all my gear ready for end of March for NE. Our first hunt is archery only then I get to come home and get even with the pipe bomb. Good luck Wanderer once you get that first they just start to drop after that. Bow or shotgun they are a blast. Bisonguy, Scout scout scout. The more you know what the birds are doing and want to do will help. Being a better woodsman and knowing your land and what the birds are doing will put more birds in the dirt then great calling. Patience is another huge part of turkey hunting. I am 1st to want to start running and gunning and give up on a bird i've been working but over the years have got a lot better and just need to give some setups a chance before moving. Good luck be safe.
    • derbier122x
      Anyone have a chance to play with these yet? I'm thinking of getting one to add a second unit to my boat. I have a hook 5 already and it is decent for what I use it for. Also, if I stay with just the original hook series, anyone know if there is a way to make a copy of the lake chip?
    • BrianF
      Cliff is right. If the upper jaw extends past the lower jaw or lip (aka an underbite), then it’s a whitefish. If the lower lip is even with or extends past the upper lip, then it’s a Cisco.  This according to the DNR website. Cisco’s also seem to have an irredescent hue to them vs. whitefish, which in Lake V have a slight brown/yellow hue to them. Hard to explain in words. Bleeding fish...plenty of YouTube videos on how to do it.  I gill them. Leaves your fillets pearly white and creates way less blood and slime during the fillet process. Many say the fillet tastes better too. 
    • IceHawk
      First off welcome to the site ! Fish that area quite often and have seen some good flocks around there.  I would get out and do some glassing in the area , especially around some picked corn fields. Right now they are wintered up but will break  apart once spring gets closer. Maybe hit up a local bait store and ask around if anyone knows of a spot. Or look at the landowners list that received permits in that area. They legally have to grant permission to hunt there land but unfortunately a lot of landowners will tell you they are full even if there not  Good luck in your search. 
    • Bisonguy
      this will be my first time chasing Minnesota turkeys. Any tips on where to go around Lake Lida area? 
  • Share & Have Fun