Essential Treestand Gearon Oct 12, 2012
I once had a brute of a whitetail come in on a string thanks to a scent trail I had laid while walking to my stand. Unfortunately, when the wise, old buck couldn’t locate the object of his affection, he began to get suspicious. Long story short----he eventually high-tailed it out of the area and I never saw him again. What I wouldn’t have given for a decoy that cold November morning.
When used during the right time of the year, decoys can be a real game-changer.
While decoys aren’t practical in every hunting situation, when the conditions are right, they can be just what you need to add the finishing touches on a near perfect whitetail trap. Each year, decoys are getting lighter, less noisy, and easier to setup, which makes using one even more enticing.
Just be sure that whatever type of decoy you use, that you keep it as scent-free as you possibly can. When that trophy buck comes in for a closer look, his nose will be working overtime so you’ve got to make sure you cross your T’s and dot your I’s when it comes to minimizing foreign odors.
Back it Up
Sometimes I catch myself wondering what I would do if a piece of equipment failed on my bow. While I feel confident that I can get around a lot of scenarios, the one that always seems to give me fits is that which deals with my release aid. In all likelihood, if my release-aid goes down my hunt is pretty much over.
In years past, with longer axle to axle bows, you could probably get by with using your fingers if something happened to your release. Of course, sight pins would most likely need to be adjusted when switching from release to fingers in the middle of a hunt. With the tight string angles on today’s bows, shooting with fingers would be tough. Therefore, it is important to carry a spare release-aid just in case something does happen to your primary one.
Nothing could be worse than finding the perfect tree only to discover you can’t climb up it due to tree braches jutting out from the sides. That is why I make it a habit to always carry a “pruning” saw with me. On top of being useful during the season, trimming saws are almost a “necessity” during the pre-season as well.
Hanging new stands in the early spring/summer usually requires the cutting of shooting lanes as well as removing errant limbs that always seem to impede stand access. In addition, there is undoubtedly going to be that one branch that you cannot reach. That is when a telescoping trimming saw can be a Godsend.
Sure, you may not be able to take everything in the woods with you at once, but gathering gear is still one of the best parts of the bowhunting experience. And, just like the sport itself, gear choices are personal. So, take what you want and leave behind what you don’t need until eventually you develop your very own “Gear for Deer” list.