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What goes up in the stand with you?


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This will be my first year bow hunting and I'm stoked. But I gotta say I keep thinking about my first trip and what necessities or niceties I am going to forget to bring with.

What are some things you, personally, have to have for an extended and comfortable sit in a stand?

I'm thinking

1. Reading material

2. Something to chew on (jerky)

3. Rain gear even if it's not gonna rain

4. Layered clothing

5. Water

6. Rope (with hook)

And of course the hunting essentials. Knife, gun, bow, tag, ...

Anything I'm missing from your list?

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personally i find that anything like an ipod, video game, reading material, etc - its a killer

A) you will be making more noise and movement

B) you won't be paying as close attention to the woods

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What goes up with me

Bow

Arrows

Release

TP

Bow rope

Range finder

Binocs

Grunt call

Tags

Everything else is in the truck that way you go back there and give the animal pleanty of time after the shot.

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I have a pack that I will be using this year but I usually carry a few things but I have a Red/Green Color blindness so might not work for everyone.

Obvious stuff

Bow

Arrows

Release

Fall Protection (Don't leave the truck without it!)

Orange Hat (I wear it no matter season going in and out of woods, Plus when I shoot a deer I can see orange to mark last spot I saw it)

Pack Items

License

Blood Light

Cell Phone

Range Finder

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Standard in my Bow hunting pack:

license

zip ties - to secure license

head lamp

rope

S hook - in case you drop something

compass

lighter

toilet paper

extra release

buck knife

gutting gloves

grunt call

rattle bag

doe bleats

scent killer

cell phone

range finder

It's a lot of junk but I wouldn't want to be in the woods without any of it.

I also pack extra clothes/rain gear/hand warmers or depending on the weather. Most times I check the weather before I leave the house to get the wind direction and forcast.

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fall harness

bow

release

quiver

can call

doe bleat

grunt tube

rattling horns

scent lure

cover scent (raccoon)

pull rope

drag rope

gutting glove

screw in hook

compass

gps

knife

water bottle

binocs

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Book? Great way to pass the time...

I often read while on stand. I can sit quieter and longer while reading. Just stop to look around every chapter or page or so. Rely on your ears.

I also would not be without my binocs to see what type of deer that is way over there.

Rangefinder

Waterbottle

TP

Grunt Tube

Can Call

Warmer hat

extra gloves

facemask

screw-in tree step

knife

rope

lighter

zip-ties

extra clothes/down vest

flashlight

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I like taking a hand held game up to my stand just to pass time away. One time I was play when I look up there was a deer watch me.

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My gun/bow and the cloths Im wearing and thats it. Everything else stays in my backpack on the ground.

The least amount of stuff I bring up the more room I have and the more comfortable I will be. Plus I wont have to worry about dropping anything and making a ton of noise.

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Besides the hunting basics, Bow, knife and so on.

Back pack items that never get taken out.

Extra gloves and face mask.

Scent control spray.

Extra release.

Tow rope for gear.

Deer attractant, only used at certain times.

Range finder.

Binocs.

Hooks for my bow and backpack.

Rattle bag or equilivent source.

Buck Roar grunt call.

Some TP also.

Possibly additions for a several hour sit,

Water, or pop to drink

Apples, fruit maybe a some small candy bars.

Like mentioned earlier, A Fall Restraint system.

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  • 3 weeks later...

#1 safety harness

tow rope(s)

cell phone

pee bottle

chemical handwarmers

wind check

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holy [PoorWordUsage]! some people READ a book while in a bowstand! i could believe that in a heated boxstand during the firearms season. but bowhunting? I am so in tune with nature while in the bowstand i don't typically take a drink of water while up in the tree. every single twig snap or rustle of the fallen leaves about makes my heart come out of my nose. reading in a bowstand, sorry guys, but no thanks.

back to the subject. nikon nockers, bow, arrows, rattlin horns, grunt tube, water, empty water bottle for natures call, cell phone ON SILENT. don't forget SILENT! incase the miss lets an arrow rip, and needs help.

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I agree with the guys, a good book is great, otherwise I find myself being anxious and looking at every snap of a twig, and a good book allows me to limit that movement. Just make sure it's a good book.......

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Bow, backpack on another hanger on the backside of the tree. In the pack: cell phone, knife, rubber gloves, tag, zip tie for tag, head lamp, small bottle of water and thats about it. Oh, string to pull up and drop down the bow.

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Wow! some of you guys pack really lite.

My bag is packed now and here is my updated list:

Bow + quiver

Folding saw

Thermacell

Camera

Zip ties

Tag

Toilet paper

Rope

Wind blower thingy

Knife

Pack axe

Extra sox

Pee bottle

Water

Compass

Whistle

Binocs

Plastic gloves

Towels

Jerkey, sandwiches, ...

GPS

Rain Gear

Headlamp

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wow at first I was suprised at how much some people bring up with them, but then as I sit in class I put a list of my own stuff together and yeah it really adds up. some good lists on here one thing i might add is a book if I could find one the intrests me.

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I keep things at a minimum. In my fanny pack I'll have a knife, tow rope, small flashlight, small water bottle, grunt call and some paper towels in a zip-lock bag. They double as TP and for wipeing your hands after gutting. This is for a typical 3-4 hour hunt. For something longer I may bring more to drink or a small snack...

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holy [PoorWordUsage]! some people READ a book while in a bowstand! i could believe that in a heated boxstand during the firearms season. but bowhunting? I am so in tune with nature while in the bowstand i don't typically take a drink of water while up in the tree. every single twig snap or rustle of the fallen leaves about makes my heart come out of my nose. reading in a bowstand, sorry guys, but no thanks.

WOW!

I guess everybody is different.

Do you ever hunt dark to dark?

Because if you do, I feel really sorry for you if you can look at the same trees for 12 hours and not be bored out of your skull.........

A book is a must for me while on a long hunt (that is if it is warm enough to turn the pages)

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Tried a book before - couldn't pay attention to it.

When I get bored I start glassing deeper into my surroundings.

Many of the things mentioned are in my pack and hanging on a hook within easy arms reach and smelly snacks are kept to a minimum. I'll have a simple sandwich and fruit or granola bars.

The one item I saw listed once is something that I double check for and usually the first thing packed. Extra release. Forget it once, and you'll be packin an extra next time. wink

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I take a pack that i tie a rope to then tie the rope to my treestand if i need anything i just pull it up

flashlight

tags

license

soda, water

wipes

scent control sprays

Lots of extra clothes, socks jackets I get really cold all the time

sunflower seeds, snacks, MRE's

extra ropes

knife

cell phone

magazine most of the time dont read it but its there

orange cap and vest no matter what time of year

keys

plastic bag for trash

gutting gloves

deer scents

calls

rattle bag

small ratchet, screw driver, tools

thermos with some campbell soup

thermos with coffee

gloves

cushioned seat sometimes two... i have no natural padding ha ha

whatever else i think i need at the time

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Dont forget the toliet paper! Usually forget it once a season and of coarse that is exactly when i need it. Nothing like leaving a sock in the woods. Maybe that is why i have a bunch of unmatched pairs?

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Dont forget the toliet paper! Usually forget it once a season and of coarse that is exactly when i need it. Nothing like leaving a sock in the woods. Maybe that is why i have a bunch of unmatched pairs?

Also good for marking locations of blood trail.

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Im gunna have to agree with dark cloud on this one. I pack the basics and thats it. the rest can stay in the truck! i sit for usually 3-4 hours as well! i havent had any problems yet! but the most important thing is to wear that harness!

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joe15,

I would if i could ha ha. oh yeah im going to have to add a thermacell to that too. i sit all day also.

I see your avatar says MISSION? I have a band named MISION with one s its in spanish thats why oh and i grew up in MISSION TEXAS cool huh.

take care

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