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Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Washington County PA
Just going on what I see in the picture....It appears there is cover in the back ground which would break up ones outline. I have placed a seat in the high weeds with a back drop, hiding my body while seated and when the deer comes into range and turns broad side... looks away I make my move. Perhaps there is more than one location to do this allowing you to hunt with different wind directions.
One of the problems with laying in the open field is the target deer or another deer can walk right upon you. When archery hunting from the ground I prefer to be in a location a deer cannot get too close or handcuff my shot.
Second: I learned years ago while Spring Gobbler hunting laying prone limits ones ability to shoot any direct but straight ahead. If the bucks comes in from any direction but straight ahead or circles to left to right you are unable to get a shot off without moving. Risky....Can blow any chances from what now is a good location.
Third: If while laying in the field and a number of deer walk out at dark to spend a few hours in the field, how do you get out without spooking them or how do you know when they leave the field in the dark or near by area allowing you to slip out unnoticed?
Fourth: Getting to a stand in the morning in the wide open is always an all or none risk without getting seen. If one enters in the dark no way to know, if you are seen unless they bolt...not good. If one walks out into an open field at first light the deer can be on the edge and see the hunter.
At best it looks to me like entering the field is a one time all or none attempt and if there are bucks using the field now, one does not want to make them go nocturnal greatly decreasing ones chances of success for an undetermined period of time.
I would consider setting up a ground blind long before the hunt, select the location base on the most prevailing wind direction, allowing for a hidden access and retreat to the blind, camouflage it well and only scout the area from a distance as far as possible using binoculars if necessary and only entering the blind when the wind is right and when hunting.
You have a lot going for you now I would error on the safe side and build on what I see before I would chance running them off and spending a lot more time trying to find our choice buck...whereas, spend more time in the woods looking for a new spot can be very counter productive.
Oh and I would tell no one what I was doing/planning or where. Good luck....Let us know your results.
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