Originally Posted by Hoggaphobia
I, too, am a new hunter in Arkansas. This is my first season and I have certainly scared off a few deer this year. My problem is movement. This may sound like a rather juvenile question, but how am I supposed to look around if I don't move? Two other quesitons: First, by moving farther up the tree, am I not shortening the circumference of my shooting range? My father (God love him) tried to tell me that 20 yds is the same from the ground or 20 ft. up in a tree. Second, he someone also told me that arrows tend to rise a little during the shot. This seems rather counterintuitive to me. I've never shots consistently rise during targets...why should they when hunting from elevation?
How much you move has a lot to do with how much cover you have around you. I have never been busted moving my head around. What you have to watch for is movement that is outside your outline. If you move your hands close to your body deer won't see that but if you raise your hand above your head or hold it straight out they will see it.
I always try to have something solid behind me and something around that breaks up the outline. How high depends on the site but I generally like 20-25feet.
And about the 20 yards being the same as on the ground as 20 feet up a tree? I wish I had a dollar for every discussion I have had on that one. Bottom line is your father is correct. The actual distance on a straight line may be farther but the shot placement is the same. Gravity will have the same effect on the arrow from the ground or from the stand at a fixed distance.
If and arrow rises during the shot It could a mechanical problem like a broad head that is skipping. Some guys think the arrows hit higher on the deer when shooting from a stand when usually it's because they don't bend at the waist and keep their form.