All-day sits. Lots of hunters say use this tactic, but few actually do. Why? They are rough on the body. And especially, if you don’t go about it the right way. There are several reasons to hunt deer all day. And this can be productive in the early season, pre-rut, peak rut and late season. The best reason to do it? It’s because when other hunters get out of stands and move back to camp, they will push deer around.
Be There When Others Are Not
A lot of deer get pushed from about 9 a.m. to about 3 p.m., the time when hunters are moving around, in and out of stands. In addition, there are natural midday movements for deer. The stretch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. typically heats up as the rut progresses to its peak. You won’t see that movement if you’re back at camp.
The Best Time
The best time for an all-day sit? That would be the whitetail rut, which in most areas falls from late October to mid November. That three- to four-week period that surrounds the rut can be dynamite for those who sit all day. If you want to absolutely maximize your chances for a deer encounter, you can’t do better than hunting all day.
Maximize Your Comfort
There are certain things you can do to maximize your all-day sits. Sometimes it means leaving the treestand for a more-comfortable ground blind. Or maybe an enclosed elevated blind. If you prefer treestands, pick one that is naturally more comfortable. Choose wisely. Make sure you have a good seat cushion. Bring rain gear and the right clothing. In addition, bring toilet paper, as well as food and water.
Location is also important for all-day sits. Most of the time, you’ll do better situated in cover, and in areas that funnel deer movement. Are you ready to hunt deer all day long? Listen to these tips from HuntStand Pro Josh Honeycutt, and you’ll increase your chances for whitetail success this fall.