Sinking Sun - Pinned In Your Tree

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Sinking Sun - Pinned In Your Tree

Unread postby Sam Ubl » Tue Jul 20, 2010 12:52 am

Field hunters, especially, deal with long nights as deer feeding in the field the hunter is looking over may not come near enough to shoot during the light, but certainly close enough to spook from you climbing down and walking out.

Even those in the hardwoods suffer the same consequence when the soft crunch grows louder and footsteps are enough to keep you pinned in your tree... Wait it out.

What's your story? Ever been pinned? How long? What were the circumstances? How long do you wait?


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Re: Sinking Sun - Pinned In Your Tree

Unread postby dreaming bucks » Tue Jul 20, 2010 1:53 am

I have never had a buck big enough to keep me pinned for too long... but I still hate getting out and alerting any deer where I was sitting... who knows, there could be a booner just out of my sight, that see's me get out of the tree... I would think it's better to spook them if it's dark out already though, versus getting out of the tree 10 minutes before darkness hits.... I can remember coon hunting as a kid, how the deer would just run 50 yards or so, and then stop and try to figure out what you are..... I don't know, it does suck getting out of the tree and letting them know where you are, but whats a guy to do, sit there all night ? I'm not going to do that, but I have heard story's of guys that camped out the whole night in the tree so he would not give up his location.... Not me, I need my bed.. ;)
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Re: Sinking Sun - Pinned In Your Tree

Unread postby Black Squirrel » Tue Jul 20, 2010 2:19 am

Get somebody to drive into the field with a truck or tractor to scare them off, if possible. That way they don't learn where you are sitting.
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Re: Sinking Sun - Pinned In Your Tree

Unread postby Sam Ubl » Tue Jul 20, 2010 2:53 am

True that darkness masks your visual identity, but to some, as DB said, it's not unheard of to sit parked in your stand well into the darkness. I've never spent more than an hour after darkness in my stand, but to me, an hour is a long time once the sun sinks and you've been dealing with a growling stomach all evening...

Under bright moonlit nights, I recall many times having bucks and does feed towards me as the sun was setting. Just out of bow range I watched them till the sun was gone, and as the moon cast its glow, these deer fed right under me. Climbing down under the disguise of darkness will definitely leave them wondering WTH, but sometimes there are instances when it's just not a good idea in my opinion.

While getting someone to drive out and scare them off seems like the perfect option, it isn't very realistic unless you have someone on call. :? But Squirrel, not a bad call. I have a few good ol' boy friends who live on the farm with their pops and ma, and if they can finish their chores in time, they do their best to take their stands. In the event they needed an escape from their tree, they could certainly rely on pop to come start the ol' IH and softly bump those deer out of the field. Those deer are used to the tractors at all hours, light or day, so they don't spook, just move inside the woods until the tractor moves off and right back to the field they go. The sound of that tractor would definitely be enough of a distraction for a quick escape - I'll have to ask how often they emplore those tactics ;)

It's not all bad, though - stuck in your stand that is. I've seen some really neat stuff under the moon from my stand. I once listend to a pack of coyotes as they hunted hot on somethings trail. They were a couple hundred yards away and while I couldn't see them, I could imagine them moving by following their calls. 10 minutes of silence fell and the doe and two fawns who were feeding in the field below my stand at 15 yards suddenly perked up in alert. Just then, the coyote pack of 4 ran into the field and a quick chase was on, but as the deer dissapeared into the tall canary grass, the coyotes stopped shy of the field edge and turned back, trotted towards the direction they had come and eventually left my sight. As I climbed down, I heard them once again get hot on a trail as their yipping started back up... Very cool!
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Re: Sinking Sun - Pinned In Your Tree

Unread postby hotterthantiffany » Tue Jul 20, 2010 4:17 am

I most always sit in my stand until dark or longer, just want to make sure the "coast is clear".
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Re: Sinking Sun - Pinned In Your Tree

Unread postby lungbuster » Wed Jul 21, 2010 3:41 pm

I have had deer keep me in stand well past dark in my early bow hunting years, anymore I either get down before last light if the deer aren't going to be in range before last light or take a coyote call in with me and face away from the deer and make a few calls that usually gets them out of the area, but is not my preferred method. A sling shot that can throw a small ball bearing 100 yards or more is a better option in my opinion, the deer won't know what spooked them and it is silent until it hits the ground so they have no idea of the direction it came from.
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Re: Sinking Sun - Pinned In Your Tree

Unread postby mcmidc » Wed Jul 21, 2010 4:53 pm

I usually don't worry about spooking deer when I'm leaving because I already burned the spot anyways and won't hunt it again for a few weeks at least. If it was a spot that could be hunted again shortly after, I'd wait until the deer was gone 10 or 15 minutes then try to sneak out. I usually got a minimum 10 minutes to get down and pack up, and then another 15-35 out to the truck so I'm getting out late enough as it is. I guess I never really hunt fields or food sources so I don't know how I would handle that kind of situation, but I'm pretty sure I'm not hanging out there all that long after shooting hours.
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Re: Sinking Sun - Pinned In Your Tree

Unread postby Edcyclopedia » Thu Jul 22, 2010 1:22 pm

Last season was the first time I had deer spend more than 45 minutes around me. A real treat...

As I sat in my climber at a funnel point surrounded by large residual water puddles I caught movement off to my left. Startled that I never heard the two button bucks and large doe walk in I watched these beautiful deer graze for a bit. A few minutes passed and one of my most precious moments unwound in front of me @ 20 yards from the tree I was perched in. The two little bucks playfully sparred for over a half hour. A few licks from mother while they rested had me chuckling inside. Soon they laid @ 17 yards in front of me until the sun set passed. I decide to sit tight until they went on their merry way which never happened. Fifty minutes after legal hunting and a growling stomach wore my patience out. I finally decide to bleat in hopes of them running off before pinpointing my location. After a few attempts and realizing how foolish I must have sounded I started to laugh. Well the little buggers didn't want to leave. So I stood up and yelled "I could kill you mother" and the tails turned mobile:)
Don't ask me why that popped in my head as I never know what weird thing ill come out with next...
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