If you're going to hunt from the ground, you need to become the cover. Mossy oak obsession doesn't not blend into canary grass and brush....ive seen hunters from far off trying to pull this one off and they look like a black bear from a distance. On the other side of the spectrum, don't disturb the area too much. I personally don't stick branches in the ground but I know some of you do and that's fine, but I think if you plan on coming back to that spot again that season, that disturbance is enough to make the deer in that area reroute. That's the doorway leading out of their bedroom. Say your bedroom is connected to your bathroom and you have your towel hanging up in the same spot every day and then one day it's laying on your toilet. You're going to notice it immediately...and be freaked out a little. Dan has talked a lot about this. I truly believe the mature animals in that area will notice it...maybe not that night, but maybe the next morning or night. Don't get me wrong tho, I'll break a few branches to clear up a shooting lane or 2, but I try to minimize it as much as possible. I don't use a blind (like just a screen in front of me) or anything just because I like to be as light and quiet as possible and to me that defeats the purpose of being mobile, but to each there own
I love this right here! Back in 2016 when I was chasing my 138 ten point, I had him coming through a field so I kept hunting there because I knew it would give me multiple stabs at him. I learned how to access undetected. With the way the field was, If I had a south wind, I needed to hunt from the ground. If I had a north or west wind, I could get in a tree. The first night that I had to hunt from the ground I brought a bunch of cedar branches with me and jammed them in the mud sticking up and down. I was right beside some piled up junk that I figured I could also blend in with. I could draw from behind the cedar branches unseen and then slowly rise up and shoot him. It would be a piece of cake... or so I thought. The buck did come out during the last ten minutes. He would stand in the long and skinny field and dog every doe that came through checking her. As he did this, he got within 20 yards multiple times. BUT every single FREEKING time he was within range he would just stare and stare and stare. Not one single time did he look away while he was within range and he did this multiple times. I felt like he knew I was there the way he was staring, but didn't spook. I watched him through the cedar branches bow in hand release clipped. He just stared at the cedar branches and absolutely knew they didn't belong. I never did get drawn on him. Two nights later I got up into a tree and sealed the deal.
The lesson I learned:
Never bring artificial cover again. I would have been better off hiding behind the junk that was already there and then leaning forward for the shot when he looked away because he wouldn't have been watching me so close.
As Marshbuster mentioned in a different post, I had him come along with me a few weeks back on a quick scouting mission. I have a solid plan together for a good one next year and I wanted a second good eye on what I was thinking to see if there were any ways I could increase my odds. This spot may require a ground hunt and it was humbling to scout with him. He picked up on sign that I didn't notice and defiantly helped with a game plan.