Hey everyone, fairly new to hunting and new to hpa, first post..
Anyway, I'm not using a tree stand as I can only hunt on weekends on public land (from Brooklyn, obviously no hunting anywhere close by). I've been driving up to 5d for the early archery season ( ridley creek) and I found a nice little area with alot of tracks, droppings etc.. Right around a nice little funnel between two trails.
My Question to everyone is, how far off of a trail (in the woods) do you sit? Right at the edge? A couple yards in?
Went up on saturday, and got completely blindsided by either a spike buck or a doe I walked into. Was about maybe 100 yards or less from the destination I chose on a topo map, woods got a little thick so I walked out onto the trail for a second, and he was about 50 yards in front of me, right on the trail (head leaning into the woods where the trees started, which is why I couldn't tell) and it was huge. Somehow he didn't see me, so I dropped back a bit and hid until I was able to get my binoculars on him, at which point he was walking away.
Should I be setting up at the edge of the woods in view of that trail? Or (considering theres only a 30-40 yard gap of woods before the trail behind it starts) should I get into the woods right there? Or even maybe on the trail behind it since thats the direction he was walking in?
By the way, I chose the area because the map shows a funnel right there, on a nice bench of flat land (used a topo map), its close to the creek and theres a bunch of berries and pinecones all over the place.
Sorry if this all seems mixey and if I sound like I don't know what I'm talking about, like I said, pretty new to this.