All-Day Hunton Nov 7, 2012
Even under the best circumstances it is hard to sit in a treestand for more than 5 hours at a time. One reason is that by nature we are social creatures. Staying in the timber when you know everyone else is back at camp, discussing the morning’s events, eating lunch, or taking a nap, is a tough thing to handle mentally; regardless of your devotion. Consequently, in order to fight off the urge to “get down”, you’ve got to have a pretty good reason for “staying put”. This is where scouting cameras really shine.
When you have "proof" that a big buck is in the area, sitting all day in a cold treestand doesn't seem all that bad.
Aside from the wealth of knowledge they provide, perhaps their greatest contribution to your efforts is mental toughness; which translates into “staying power”. Simply put, if you know a big buck is in your area, and you’ve got the pictures to prove it, you’re more likely to remain on stand when the going gets tough. Without a doubt, a picture is worth a thousand words; and perhaps even a couple more hours on stand.
Sometimes the hunt ends in a matter of minutes; just long enough to get settled in and “thump!” it’s all over. Often times though, many long hours must be spent in a treestand before the shot materializes. Punching the clock and putting in a long day at “the office” is often the approach that must be taken in order to put some horn on the ground. However, when armed with the proper “know-how” and “reasoning” behind such an ambitious tactic, it’s actually quite easy.