Deer hunters typically find themselves on an endless quest for the perfect treestand setup. It’s the tree. The tree where animals die from your arrows year after year. It’s the treestand that places the odds in your favor with wind, access, cover, and visibility more than any other on the farm.
And while the perfect treestand setup seems to come few and far between, there are places that tend to be the locations to hang a stand. Read on for a look at these treestand hotspots you should hang a stand on this fall.
Knowing how a deer gets from Point A to Point B is a huge advantage when it comes to finding the ideal ambush location for your treestand. Regardless of whether it’s bed to feed, staging areas, water holes, or any other daily hangout, you need to know the travel route that gets deer there.
Some will be obvious, while others are subtle and seemingly insignificant. The key is to look closer on the landscape to find the sign that tells you how deer are moving on a regular basis.
Trails and tracks are the most obvious, but also pay attention to rub lines, edge cover, and logging roads. A trail camera is your best friend here. Use trail cams to quickly gather intel on how and where deer are traveling on the properties you hunt.
Entry and exit routes around food plots and ag fields can be the perfect place to hang a stand. And while deer may surprise you from time to time on where they show up in a field, they are often very consistent, particularly when on early or late season feeding patterns.
Keep in mind, deer will often hang out inside the timber until last light before stepping into these food plots. Your best bet may be to sacrifice visibility of the field in exchange for shot opportunities at bucks hanging back.
Hang your stand with predominant winds in your favor near these hot spots, and be ready when the final hour approaches this fall.
As mentioned above, trails leading in and out of food plots and ag fields can be a prime location to hang a stand. But there are other food sources that demand a treestand when the timing is right.
When you find deer scat around hot feed trees like a white oak, persimmon, or apple trees, you better hang a stand. But not just any white oak will do. A lot of hunters hang a stand when they find a tree that’s raining acorns.
But the truth is, on bumper years, the woods may be full of white oak trees dropping their fruit in abundance. But if you’ll put in the miles on your boots, paying close attention to sign at each of these trees, you’ll find the hot tree for that particular day.
Deer will feed heavily on choice trees in an area before moving on to the next. Find out which tree is hot at the moment, and hang a stand.
A water hole can be much like a hot feed tree when the timing is right. Deer need water on a daily basis, and where water is limited, a water hole can be a slam dunk to get a buck within bow range.
The water hole is the go-to set when things are really dry. If a deer can find water in every mud hole on the property, don’t waste your time here. The water hole set works best when it’s the only drink in town. Again, pay attention to wind directions when hanging your stand to maximize opportunity at deer in bow range.
Need a waterhole on your property? Read HERE for how to build one for deer on your property.
The off-season is a great time to get in the woods, identify the hot spots mentioned above and get some stands in place. Boots on the ground scouting is a must to identify these locations and fine tune the exact tree where you need to be hanging out.
The time is now! Put boots on the ground, trail cameras on the trees, possibly install a water hole, and hang your stands.
The season will be here before you know it!