Time passer


PDA






Dylon Fisher
December 19, 2011, 05:05 PM
What is a good way to pass time in a deer stand. I don't know if its wrong to mess around with my ipod. I get kinda ancy after awhile just sitting there.

If you enjoyed reading about "Time passer" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!
Jeff F
December 19, 2011, 05:15 PM
Well when I'm in a deer stand my total attention is on my surroundings. My eyes are glassing the area for any sign of movement and my ears are listening for any sound out of the ordinary. IMO if your not giving it 100% while you in the stand hunting your not really hunting.

lowerunit411
December 19, 2011, 05:17 PM
i am the same as Jeff....also when im in a stand im there cause i have a belly full of ipads, iphones, laptops etc....being comfy in your own skin is a new concept for most youger folks i think sometimes

husker
December 19, 2011, 05:18 PM
Try coyote hunting. I think it would be more to your liking. 15-20 minutes. Then move to your next spot.

CmpsdNoMore
December 19, 2011, 05:25 PM
99 bottle of (root)beer on the wall in your head.

Close you eyes, relax and listen to the sounds from the woods.

Look at how beautiful the lines on my rifle are

I will sometimes bring my ipod touch so I can read. Last season I read most of "Call of the Wild" by Jack London.

LJ-MosinFreak-Buck
December 19, 2011, 05:44 PM
I usually just sit back against a tree (ground level) and wait. I'll look around, or not. When I'm away from home and in a place I'm not familiar with, I can wake at the slightest sound, so sometimes I nap a little. Last successful hunt I was on (last hunt I've actually gone on was back a couple years ago) I ended up taking a little nap, but was woken up by the deer that I took with my K31.

Bushpilot
December 19, 2011, 06:48 PM
A good pair of binoculars is my favorite thing to have in a stand. Last thing I want in a stand is an Ipod, or phone or any thing like that. I enjoy just watching how the woods seems to "come alive" after sitting still in a stand for about 15 or 20 minutes.

The Sarge
December 19, 2011, 06:56 PM
I usually go to sleep until my Grandson wakes me up.

CmpsdNoMore
December 19, 2011, 07:04 PM
I should note that where I sit you can usually see 50 yards because the woods are pretty thick.

I only pull out reading material after a couple hours when I need to get my mind of my shivering, freezing body.

USSR
December 19, 2011, 07:07 PM
Why don't you do what most of us do - think about sex.

Don

animator
December 19, 2011, 08:46 PM
Why don't you do what most of us do - think about sex.

Don
I don't because I don't want to have to explain to my hunting buddies why the floor of the stand is all sticky...

LJ-MosinFreak-Buck
December 19, 2011, 09:11 PM
ROFL! I never thought about that, lol. Maybe not a grand idea, either, though.

Clipper
December 19, 2011, 10:35 PM
I use a portable shelter blind. I have my chair, 64oz coffee jug, snacks and a good book.

janobles14
December 19, 2011, 10:41 PM
two words: angry birds!!!

i have killed quite a few deer i normally would have given up on. it also keeps me more still. i look up often and carefully and my ears still work.

303tom
December 19, 2011, 10:44 PM
Well when I'm in a deer stand my total attention is on my surroundings. My eyes are glassing the area for any sign of movement and my ears are listening for any sound out of the ordinary. IMO if your not giving it 100% while you in the stand hunting your not really hunting.
My thoughts exactly.............

sKunkT
December 20, 2011, 12:36 AM
It just bothers the older folks when you can play games, text your buddies, send forwarded joke picture messages, all while eating a handfull of grandma's cookies- and still catch that deer sneaking out the corner of your eye in time to make a good shot.

Freedom_fighter_in_IL
December 20, 2011, 01:46 AM
It just bothers the older folks when you can play games, text your buddies, send forwarded joke picture messages, all while eating a handfull of grandma's cookies- and still catch that deer sneaking out the corner of your eye in time to make a good shot.

Well, speaking for us "older folks", we grew up hunting to get the hell OUT of the "modern crap". Getting out into nature is what it is about. NOT the kill. It's called HUNTING ya little snotnosed brat :D And I'd be willing to bet, you aint going to be sitting there playing your PSP or Angry birds and catch that elusive 5 year old mature white-tail sneaking around. They do not get old being stupid. So now, go pop some pimples, turn your phone off, and go enjoy nature and all the wonders she has to offer.

Old Guy signing off :D

Sav .250
December 20, 2011, 06:32 AM
I`ve waited all year for deer season to come around so I just sit and enjoy the hunt. :)

beatledog7
December 20, 2011, 07:50 AM
IMO if your not giving it 100% while you in the stand hunting your not really hunting.

I get that you're in your stand which you placed [in the middle of a deliberately cultivated field of whatever the deer prefer this season?] after meticulously studying game camera footage that you gathered daily since last season closed, but you're still just sitting there in your activated carbon ferny-maple camo waiting for Bambi to amble into range.

Climb down and go find Bambi. Creep in from downwind, stay hidden and quiet, get into humane kill range, whatever that is for you and your gun, and take your shot. That's what "hunt" means.

I've got no problem with people harvesting a deer from a stand, and I know it's a time-honored and proven method of putting venison in the freezer, but the method doesn't strike me as very sporting. More like an ambush than a hunt.

Standing by to get blasted.

Flintknapper
December 20, 2011, 08:13 AM
Freedom_fighter_in_IL wrote:

Well, speaking for us "older folks", we grew up hunting to get the hell OUT of the "modern crap". Getting out into nature is what it is about. NOT the kill. It's called HUNTING ya little snotnosed brat And I'd be willing to bet, you aint going to be sitting there playing your PSP or Angry birds and catch that elusive 5 year old mature white-tail sneaking around. They do not get old being stupid. So now, go pop some pimples, turn your phone off, and go enjoy nature and all the wonders she has to offer.

Old Guy signing off

Hah...! :D ;) SPOT ON!

But a complete waste of prose. The new "communication generation" simply can not stand to be out of touch with others, or not be entertained for a few seconds.

They view this as "multi-tasking" and take great pride in it. Of course, the habit/addiction robs them of simple pleasures and displaces the opportunity to fully appreciate the natural world around them, but they are loathe to hear of it.

Or maybe this budding generation of "hunters?" has just evolved. :rolleyes:

mfldmike
December 20, 2011, 08:25 AM
I think I touch my phone a few times in hours when I'm sitting. This is partially due to the fact that I have a son at home and if something bad happens I don't want to find out after a few hours. If I get a special text from my fiancÚ, we agreed that I would leave immediately and call on my way out. With that being said, I don't play angry birds, text otherwise, or anything else in my stand. I don't mind sitting in a stand, but I really like sitting on the ground. Enjoy your surroundings, sometimes I'll take a handful of corn in my pocket so I can tease the squirrels and chipmunks...and yes the deer still come.

LJ-MosinFreak-Buck
December 20, 2011, 08:42 AM
Every now and then I'll move out and try to find my game. It is A LOT more fun that way. You're relying on all your extremities to keep yourself quiet on the stalk, while at the same time, you're upper body is tense, ready to snap your weapon up to take your target in the most effective way.

303tom
December 20, 2011, 08:51 AM
Well, speaking for us "older folks", we grew up hunting to get the hell OUT of the "modern crap". Getting out into nature is what it is about. NOT the kill. It's called HUNTING ya little snotnosed brat :D And I'd be willing to bet, you aint going to be sitting there playing your PSP or Angry birds and catch that elusive 5 year old mature white-tail sneaking around. They do not get old being stupid. So now, go pop some pimples, turn your phone off, and go enjoy nature and all the wonders she has to offer.

Old Guy signing off :D
OUCH ; But so TRUE...............

Art Eatman
December 20, 2011, 12:05 PM
I usually take a paperback book to read if I'm going to sit. I've trained myself to read maybe a paragraph or two and then look around for a while. I probably read for ten or twenty seconds with a glance around while moving from one paragraph to the next, and then look around for five or ten minutes.

To remain outer-directed, for those with any artistic talent, sketching is a good way to both pass the time and carefully watch the probable shooting area.

Sure, sneaky-snaking is more fun, but I'd just as soon not be a mile or more from a jeep trail at sundown, needing to deal with a dead deer. Evening is a sensible "sittin' time".

Gunner11
December 20, 2011, 12:06 PM
Looks like "old folks"can multitask, hunting by observation and using "modern crap" like the internet. I also note that they know spelling and punctuation.

The older I get the better I was.

Rem.222
December 20, 2011, 12:26 PM
What is a deer stand? I know what a deer scrap, rub, even a deer bed is but most deer don't stand for very long. I still hunt and some times pause for 20-30 minutes to eat a apple or snack bar (I'm diabetic). I prefer spot and stalk. Shouldn't one call it a hunter stand or seat?

Flintknapper
December 20, 2011, 01:35 PM
Bushpilot wrote:

A good pair of binoculars is my favorite thing to have in a stand. Last thing I want in a stand is an Ipod, or phone or any thing like that. I enjoy just watching how the woods seems to "come alive" after sitting still in a stand for about 15 or 20 minutes.

^^^^^ Same.

A camera a GOOD pair of Bino's will keep me busy for hours...while also focusing my attention on what is around me.

Though... I admit to taking a paperback book with me on occasion if I am going to pull an ALL DAY hunt. But..I use the same methodology as Art when reading.

I DO have my Iphone with me whenever I hunt, but it is put on "vibrate" and never looked at except to check the time or answer an important text message, certainly NOT to play games.

But...to each his own, we all have different reasons for "going to the woods".

I just hate to see the way some folks are literally addicted to their phones, texting and non-stop communication/entertainment.

sKunkT
December 20, 2011, 02:13 PM
I was just joking. Most of the time I 'forget' my phone in the truck, although during deer season my friends and I send picture messages of dead deer. It really does get me how strongly some people feel about how others spend their free time.

Flintknapper
December 20, 2011, 02:58 PM
sKunkT wrote:

I was just joking. Most of the time I 'forget' my phone in the truck,
Well...DON'T do that. It is a good thing to have your phone with you especially if you are by yourself. I had an incident this summer where having my cell phone with me literally saved my life, so by all means always have it nearby.


although during deer season my friends and I send picture messages of dead deer.
I do that as well, good use of the tool...but all that occurs AFTER the hunt. ;)


It really does get me how strongly some people feel about how others spend their free time.
I am guilty of that sometimes, I admit a certain intolerance for some things that are really none of my business. I will work on that. :D

But I refuse to be Politically Correct, I draw the line there. ;)

heeler
December 20, 2011, 03:04 PM
I zero in on the natural order of things.
A wasp flying by,the fence line,birds of prey,the wind playing tricks on the brush,and noticing just how quick those damn coyotes always trot across the sendero.

Freedom_fighter_in_IL
December 20, 2011, 05:44 PM
Sure, sneaky-snaking is more fun, but I'd just as soon not be a mile or more from a jeep trail at sundown, needing to deal with a dead deer. Evening is a sensible "sittin' time".

Thats "Old Man Speak" for "I'm gettin too damn old to drag a deer all over the country" :D

Looks like "old folks"can multitask, hunting by observation and using "modern crap" like the internet. I also note that they know spelling and punctuation.

Shoot son, I can even walk and chew bubble gum on a good day! :D

I was just joking. Most of the time I 'forget' my phone in the truck, although during deer season my friends and I send picture messages of dead deer. It really does get me how strongly some people feel about how others spend their free time.

No worries SkunkT! Us old farts get a bit crotchity after midnight. And like Flint said (man is he smart by the way) the cell phone is a great safety tool. I turn mine off but I always have it as well as an emergency Sat Phone in my pack for when I am not in a cell tower radius. Unless my cell is damaged or the battery is dead, the wife has a code to turn it on for the GPS locator in case I have incurred the wrath of nature or just did something bone stupid. Handy little thing there that most the new phones has from what I gather.

Wes Mantooth
December 20, 2011, 06:21 PM
Sending a text to your buddy that you're hunting with is a good way to keep track where they are and what they're doing. And I let my wife know when I'm coming home or I killed a deer and I may be a little late.

The best part of hunting is communing with nature. But I have noticed that some of the young guys get impatient and antsy. Me and my buddy were bow hunting Sunday. He's new to hunting. The sun was up at 7:30am...by 7:45 he sent me a text.."this is BS"...What?? :confused:I guess he was expecting the deer to be lined up at sunup ready to get shot. 8:30 it's "I'm freezing, gonna walk around"...WTH? So 10 min later he comes walking up behind me. You got to be effing kidding me?:fire: Guess we're done.:banghead:

But to tell on myself...I missed a nice buck walk right under my stand one time cause I was sending the wife a text that I was on the way home.:banghead:stupid, stupid, stupid.

Carrying a phone is like CC for some people...you just feel naked and vulnerable without it. I never even owned one till I was 26 (37 now). But I don't leave the house without it. Used to laugh at people like that.

Freedom_fighter_in_IL
December 20, 2011, 06:24 PM
Sending a text to your buddy that you're hunting with is a good way to keep track where they are and what they're doing. And I let my wife know when I'm coming home or I killed a deer and I may be a little late.

Wes, In many states thats illegal. Not sure about Kansas but many states that would be the same as using radios or communication to track wild game movements for the purpose of harvesting. BIG no no in many states.

Wes Mantooth
December 20, 2011, 07:27 PM
Radios and other devices like that are illegal in Kansas to track the movements of game animals. ;) However, there is no way for anyone to trace phone activity. Sooo...if you wanted to, there would be no way to stop it. I for one do not partake.


So as to not hijack the thread. I just sit and watch the world go by. Saw 30 turkeys, a dozen squirrels, a pack of coyotes and a gazillion geese. No deer though.

v8stang289
December 21, 2011, 08:46 PM
Like some of the others have said I usually carry a book with me for those times that it feels like nothing is moving or happening. I read 2-3 pages at a time then go back to watching/observing.

SHOOT1SAM
December 22, 2011, 09:43 AM
I've spent too many hours sitting in a blind, when nothing other than leaves moved, to not take something(s) with me to occupy my mind, which helps keep my mind off of the aches & pains I may be feeling by just sitting there so long. Since I rarely get all of the sleep I really need, simply sitting too still and watching/waiting will almost always find me falling asleep. Where I'm usually at in a blind, there is no cell phone signal, but my iPad will have plenty of books for me to be reading, or allow me to post some notes to myself about things I wish to not forget; sometimes even one earphone is used and some tunes are very quietly enjoyed while watching and still listening for game.

Sam

irondavy
December 22, 2011, 10:15 AM
I usually bring a book, do some reading, some watching, some reading.... and so on.

My longest shot here in the Texas scrub brush is 75 yards across to the other side of the clearing, so most of the time I can easily hear a deer or sounder of hogs coming out into the open.

ID

Art Eatman
December 22, 2011, 11:30 AM
I might get a cell phone one of these days. Dunno what I'd do with it, though, since my hunting country is beyond any signal. Shucks, it's so far back that even GPS won't work. :D

Big Bad Bob
December 22, 2011, 09:47 PM
I spend my time looking for deer.....I know that seems like a trite answer but I hunt mostly on the ground this time of year in heavy timber swamps, so i am listening for sounds of deer moving, creeping and sneaking along. The more you pay attention you will be amazed by the wildlife you see, and would miss playing on a smart phone.

In my early season beanfield stands, my iphone has become my pal, typically checking college football scores on the ESPN app.

ralphie98
December 22, 2011, 10:12 PM
I use deer hunting as a good excuse to not touch my electronics at all. I still bring my phone for emergencies but don't touch it unless it rings. I am alone with my thoughts and that's just the way I like it. I do know people who text and take pictures and still do good on their hunts you just need some common sense.

Freedom_fighter_in_IL
December 22, 2011, 10:19 PM
Art, you know we are too old for them new fangled contraptions!! Just don't even try it old man. You might give yerself some sort of trauma! :D

Gregaw
December 23, 2011, 12:08 PM
Besides, I've heard you can sprain your trigger finger on those touch screens! ;)

Gregaw
December 23, 2011, 12:10 PM
I've taken to memorizing Bible verses when I'm sitting in a stand. It keeps my mind busy and I only have to look down for a few seconds at a time.

gspn
December 24, 2011, 04:51 PM
If youre not paying attention to your surroundings then youll be missing opportunities.

I cant tell you how many deer ive shot that were only exposed for a few seconds. If i hadnt been paying attention theyd have slipped by undetected and left me with an "unsuccessful" hunt.

Play games or read a book if you want to...the deer will thank you for it.:D

1911 guy
December 26, 2011, 08:08 AM
How do you pass the time in a blind or stand?

Identify the cause of every movement and sound within the range of your sight and hearing.

Once you are halfway decent at that, you'll start to notice the smells of certain animals.

If you enjoyed reading about "Time passer" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!