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What amount of time...?


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What's the minimum amount time you will sit in a stand at night? I normally like at least 2.5 hours or so but with the sunset getting earlier and earlier it's harder to get out after work...

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Yep, I hear ya. I shoot for 2.5 hours too. I like to try get there closer to three hours, but don't feel rushed until I get inside of 2.5 hours. If it's less than 2 hours, I really get crabby. Less than about 1.5 hours and I skip the stand (because I don't have stands up- I carry mine in and out and have to put them up each night) and try other methods- calling, spot and stalk, etc.

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1.5 minimum, During October lull between 1.5 and 2, the stand time will increase dramatically here in the next week. Hopefully a few all dayers the first few days of Nov.

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Two hours, but I've gone out with a scant hour to go in the last few days before gun season. Two years ago I set up a stand & was settled a max of 45 minutes before dark two nights before gun season & within about 20 minutes or so had arrowed a buck & a doe. Made a poor hit on the buck & he got away, but that was my fault on shot selection, nothing to do with the little time on stand. Things can happen quick when rut time comes. A few big can calls on a windy night in a new location & here they come. Definitely one of my top 5 memorable bowhunts. I shot a couple of smaller bucks the night before gun season when I got on stand around 4:00 or a hair later & it's dark by 5:30 then.

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Had that same dilemna Sat. afternoon. Didn't get done with yard work until 4:30 and I'm about a half hour from the stand. Thought by the time I got showered scent free and got there I'd have maybe an hour to 1.5 tops. Skipped it and went pheasant hunting instead. Really want to get out this week though...

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If I take my 7 year old with me, I'm limited to about 1.5 hours. Even if we are seeing deer he still gets bored.

Maybe I gotta shoot one while he's in there with me.

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