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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-30-2011, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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How High To Hunt?

How high is high enough when hunting deer with a bow and/or a gun? I have a stand at about 10' that seemed to be plenty high, given the correct wind. I also have one near 30' that scares me to death and I would not let my son hunt it. And I did spook a deer once from this super high stand that was down wind from me - never saw the deer but heard it snort and bound away.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-01-2011, 06:31 PM
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I have 2 ladder stands that are 15 ft and it's high enough for me. I also have a home-made wooden stand that is 12 ft and that does the trick as well. Just place it in a place where you have a good vantage point and you are well hiden in the tree. 10' should be plenty. Those guys who get up there 20+ ft are trying to get above the scent zone. Not sure if I believe that.... but they claim it works.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-02-2011, 06:29 AM
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no more than 15 feet for me... play the wind and the stand height will be fine
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-02-2011, 06:42 AM
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I personally dont ever see a need to go any higher than the 12'-15' foot range.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-02-2011, 07:16 AM
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16 to 18 is where I like to be bow hunting. I believe it does put me above the scent zone, and more out of the common field of view for deer, ( they usually don't walk around the woods looking up, so I feel the higher the less likely they'll catch me moving around up there.) I had a few doe and a spike under my stand a few years ago that were there for ever it seemed and i put down my bow and pulled out my cell phone and took a few pics of them, they never busted me.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-02-2011, 08:17 AM
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I went out hunting one time last year and my neighbor who everyone just calls "crazy" was out hunting, but I didn't know it. When I got into my stand I could see off in the distance on his land something blaze orange high in the tree. I looked at it was him.... about 35+ feet in the tree. I couldn't believe it...

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