Country wrote:I end up in a tangled mess that I can't possibly walk through quietly. Try to get to the less thick area. Don't see any sign worth hunting.
As others have pointed out going for a blind hunt with stand on back is usually going to result in getting tangled up and frustrated a lot. I won't speak for anyone else but a great solution I've found is to leave the tree stand at home.
Going into the woods with a Lonewolf tree stand on your back is not a prerequisite for killing deer. In fact in my opinion if anything it reduces your chances for success:
- It's bulky so you're more visible
- It's heavy so you get tired out more quickly, you get frustrated and make more mistakes, and are in general less committed to the hunt and more reckless as a result of the extra weight
- Contrary to popular belief you far more likely to get winded while in a tree stand than hunting from the ground
- Metal on metal contact is loud
- Getting tangled makes a lot of noise
In my mind at least, blind hunting / in-season scouting is about mobility. The more ground you're able to cover the higher your chance for finding the sign you're looking for. Just ditch the stand for now until you learn a good pace and cadence for in-season scouting while hunting.