Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc...

Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc...
Stories of my hunting experiences with family, friends or whatever else I want to blog about.

A Dixie Lady Deer Hunter

Article by Fred Messina, editor of "On Target Outdoors" from The Vicksburg Evening Post on Friday, January 19, 1990. Photo by Bob Phillips.

Bob Phillips came up the other day with a photo of his wife Marian and a deer she got on Brown's Point New Years Eve. The deer was an 8-point with 16 inches of inside spread that weighed in at 190 pounds. A nice trophy in anyone's book. However, the tale Bob told is that this was Marian's fourth deer this year and he claimed that he would have done better than he did if he had not spent so much time hauling Marian's deer out of the woods. Come off it, Bob. We all know who the hunter was.

Friday, May 09, 2014

Guest Post - Redneck Blinds

I consider this site to be a great resource for my readers who love to hunt in our great wild outdoors.  

Redneck Blinds Guest Blog Post - 
Hunting Tree Stand Location Advice:

Whether you are hunting turkey, duck, goose, rabbit or deer, there are a few pieces of equipment that every huntsman needs in their inventory. One of the most essential no-brainer products is camouflage. Camo comes in many forms, like the archetypal jacket and pants. But other than wearable camo, the traditional camouflage design can also be put to more intricate uses, such as tree stands and hunting blinds, which can effortlessly increase your chances of bagging your intended prey.

Tree stands help to provide vital camouflage while on a hunt, and their popularity in the hunting world has increased exponentially over recent years. Here is some basic advice if you are interested in incorporating a tree stand into your deer hunting routine.

Without question, tree stands give you an improved view of the immediate area, as well as helping to remove you from the normal line of sight of your prey. They also assist in decreasing the chances of a nearby deer from smelling your scent when it lingers at ground-level. The key thing to remember is that your position can be a deal breaker; as the old adage goes, it's all about location, location, location. Where your stand is located can make the difference between bagging a trophy and simply wasting valuable time.

Therefore, use your initial scouting time to establish the movements of deer in your area, and bear in mind that the direction of the wind will more than likely decide where you should place your tree stand. You must pick a spot that is downwind from where the deer will be. A quick tip: fashion your own homemade wind-checker gadget by adding some unscented talcum powder to a spray bottle filled with plain tap water, and squirt in small bursts when you want to test wind strength and/or wind direction.

Another thing to consider is the shooting range of your weapon. Regardless of whether you are using a shotgun, rifle or crossbow, you want to set up your tree stand so that it is just inside of your weapon's shooting range. Unintentionally straying too close to high-traffic areas runs the risk of your prey picking up your scent and bolting, which is obviously not ideal. Instead, set up your tree stand in a location that's roughly 100 yards away. You want to be far enough away to move quickly and quietly when a deer comes into view without fear of detection.

A commonly forgotten factor when choosing an effective location is to remember that you will need multiple routes to get to your tree stand, and they need to be as straightforward as possible to reach. Limit how much noise you make when arriving at your tree stand and try not to remove too much foliage and vegetation from the surrounding areas, since this may alert nearby deer to your presence.

When it comes to the height of your tree stand, a location somewhere between 10 to 20 feet high will prove the most effective. Anywhere higher than this will decrease your shooting range and overall visibility and, as a result, will make it more difficult for you in the long run. Always use a full-body climbing harness while getting up and down from your tree stand, and stay attached until you have both feet firmly planted on the ground. Pick a stand that is comfy since you will be spending a lot of time sitting or standing, which could mean a lot of fidgeting! Finally, before you set up your stand, scrutinize the tree itself for signs of rot, or whether the branches have cracks and/or splits to avoid severe injuries.

By following the above advice, you will be able to enjoy the many benefits that deer hunting will bring for decades to come.

If you are looking for hunting stands or hunting blinds, can help! We provide deer blinds, camouflage gear, and other products that are designed for both sturdiness and practicality. For more information, please visit our website at Redneck Blinds or call 877-523-9986 today.

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