I put the stands out a month before the season. one to get the scent gone and two so the deer have time to get use to it being there. hang and lock them to the tree, spray them down with scent killer and leave them for a month. Then if i have to move them they already smell of the woods they are in.
I agree doesn't matter much, deer walk between ladder and tree on me. Just don't leave a bunch of scent all over the place. Set the stand and get out. I do set up my stands at home outside for a few days prior to hunting. I'm sure like ETD said there will be differences on this.
I do what Ronn does and vacate the woods for a month prior to hunting. Our bow season starts 9/15. I have had a few stands run cold by the time gun season rolls around. (Nov 1) I use ladder stands so relocating them can be a chore. They are also much more visable so I don't want to alarm the deer by moving them close to the season starting. It's really a trade off for me.
I do cut pine branches and attach to the ladder stands for a more natural look and additional break-up and provides some natural cover pine scent. I use electrician's tape to secure the branches to the ladder. It takes a carefully trained eye to locate my stands. I've been known to walk right by them in the early morning darkness. I shove the pine butts in the dirt to dull the cuts before using.
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