The new season saw a huge increase of hunters in the area I have hunted for 22 years. This increase affected deer numbers and their movements in that area. I have scouted and chosen some new areas to place stands in order to provide a better chance for my clients to harvest deer. I will still hunt this area, just more selectively and using different tactics. Check back in August/September for trail cam photos from the new areas.
I guide in Wildlife Management Units (WMU) L and M. Deer hunts usually consist of a morning and evening – three to four hour sit. Mid-day is usually spent still hunting and performing drives. I usually spend the time hunters are on stand scouting other areas to keep tabs on deer activity at those locations. I may occasionally climb into another nearby stand if deer activity is high.
I hunt some small areas and much of the land I hunt is multi-use (some private and some public.) Don’t be surprised if you see a jogger or mountain biker from your stand. This doesn’t discourage deer from moving through the area. Sometimes when human traffic is too heavy I will end the sit early and perform a drive.
I currently have three hang on stands, a two person buddy stand, and a climbing tree stand. All stands are located between known feeding and bedding areas. All hunters using tree stands will be required to bring and use a safety harness.
I also offer all day educational hunts for beginning hunters. These hunts include a full day in the woods with a morning and evening sit. Mid day is spent in the woods learning about deer habits such as feeding, bedding, and travel routes; tree stand placement, and field dressing and proper meat care. Includes lunch in the woods.