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Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Washington County PA
Back in the early 80's I only had one stand and it was placed at the same location year after year for 6 years a Baker none the less. I hunted only from this stand for six years many days and my vacation during the archery season which as shorter then. I took 6) 8's pointers and passed on many smaller and other 8's. There was no 4 point one side rule then. I was lucky enough to take the biggest buck I saw there each year.
However, this was a unique location as it is about 1/2 mile back in the woods from the closest road, no one was hunting there except me, I could walk the last 200 yards to the stand by wading in very shallow water and then shimmy up my tree next to the stream as I would leave my climber in place, there were two large fruitful apple trees 20 yards on both sides of my stand and the place was riddled with scrapes and rubs in that immediate area and there were no less then 5 trails leading in and out of the hot spot. Many deer visited the site almost every day i hunted.
The buck I took in OH last year I hunted the stand 3 days in a row. Same goes for an IN buck a couple of years ago. However, in an average year here in PA I hunt up to 12 stand locations over the archery season and seldom hunt the same one more than 3 times in a season and seldom hunt the one over two days in a row.
During the rub bucks can be anyplace. If I am not seeing any deer I move.
Hunted a location this evening I have not hunted yet this year...one doe walked under my stand. Check my T cam and pulled it, but first check my photos and if I had hunted it on 10/23 the nice 12 point in my area walked right past my stand at 2:30 in the afternoon while I was hunting 1/2 mile away.
It is sometimes a guessing game.... Good Luck.
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