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The view from your stand.

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  1. Random 8

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    Just interesting to see the different landscapes folks are hunting in. This is a tight cover archery stand on an overgrown ditch maintenance trail. I've opened it up a little to encourage natural vegetation. Tried seeding some clover but it has been spotty at best. The lane is cut into heavy cover bordering forested bog where my deer like to cut the corner going to and from the neighbor's garden and oak tree. A big boy has been on camera a couple times here, but I'll be happy for a meat deer. Tough hunting here in Northern MN.
     

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  2. Bfh_auto

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    These are the views from the two new stands. The others are deep woods at the top of ravines.
    It's primarily oak forest with some cedar thickets thrown in for good measure.
     

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  3. troy fairweather

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    I stay on the ground, mostly hunt edges of fields or top of a ridge or hill.
     
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    If you look close, you can see three different food plots and several apple trees.






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  6. Armored farmer

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    Here is a compilation from my phone....
    The platform is the beginning of my hunting cabin.
    The treetop is a family of coons that kept me entertained for an afternoon when the Hackberries were ripe.
     
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  7. troy fairweather

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    View to the field,it was Alfalfa last year it is soy beans this year,16 yrd to the edge from my stand. The right view not pictured is open area 35 yds the the interstate hwy fence.I don't miss identifying most deer as this is their go through to go back and forth on the farm. The black at top is my rain fly,keeps me dry but better yet keeps me dark during the day, to mask movement below a 36 in camo curtain hides my body movement.
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  9. Random 8

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    Saw my big boy shorty after I took the picture in post 1. Close enough for a rifle neck shot, no angle for archery. Solid 9 pointer, possible 10. Across the overgrown ditch in the first picture. Only 30 yards, but oh so far away. Got a good look at the rack though, and yes, I did do some more brushing across that ditch today.
     
  10. Bfh_auto

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    I like your bow. I've always been of the opinion that crossbows should be for people who truly can't pull a bow back.
     
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  11. Macchina

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    You ever try to pull a crossbow back? Far harder than a recurve ;)
     
  12. Armored farmer

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    Those points are 100gr Allen Beartooth, I use them on for my bear recurve...and my carbon Express xbow. They're tough and easy to sharpen.(and cheap)
     
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  13. Armored farmer

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    I agree. I was traditional snob all the way.....until I tore a ligament in my shoulder. I could scarcely pick up a coffee cup let alone pull my recurve. I bought a xbow, and used it for two years. I can use my recurve now, but I'm spoiled. I use my recurve for early season hunts. When the leaves drop and season is past the rut. I use the xbow.
    Traditional is still my favorite though. It's the pure hunt.
     
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  14. .455_Hunter

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    As a Colorado elk hunter, what is this "stand" that you speak of?
     
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  15. Bfh_auto

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    I got out of bow hunting when I started working full time and going to night school. It takes too many hours of practice to keep instinctive shooting on point.
     
  16. Bfh_auto

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    In your case, probably a stand of Aspen;) or just over that ridge. 20 ridges later, where did I park my horse?
     
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  18. Random 8

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    It's where us woods hunters sleep through a herd of deer calmly grazing by within spitting distance, then awaken and get driven to the edge of buck fever schizophrenia by a squirrel rummaging through some dry leaves for an acorn. For those who spot and stalk, ramble and tree stump it, or still do old fashioned deer drives, I'll settle for a nice picture of your landscape.

    Finally back to dabbling in bow hunting after an 8 year hiatus. Life got in the way for awhile, and I spent the last 3 years getting the hunting parcel up to snuff. I'm still a bit limited on confidence range, but getting there. The old '98 Jennings One Star still slings the old XX75 aluminums on point though. Even with a 125 Muzzy, they're pretty flat to 30 yards. Doesn't hurt I'm pulling 75lbs on that single cam.
     
  19. Armored farmer

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    I was in a league that shot once per week for about a month preceding and during bow season We shot in my shed one winter. I miss it. I kept my shed clean, and we always ate well.
    I hurt my shoulder, one charter member died unexpectedly, and another moved away. That ended it.
     
  20. Random 8

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    I used to shoot pretty serious field archery until they changed the rules to allow mechanical releases. Turned it into an X count game, and I got out of competition, couldn't compete with the high dollar gear. I may take the plunge to full blown traditional in a couple of years. Need to get a couple of bow kills under my belt again first to build my confidence and freezer back up. I do shoot an ancient Bear recurve for bow fishing, and am quite good at instinctive archery when I've dabbled with it on targets.
     
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  21. Rembrandt

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    First photo is from the ground looking up with grandson in stand, second is taken from the same stand looking down.


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    Looking down from one of the two seater stands, frequently use these when hunting with the Grand kids. Plenty of room for two.
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    Looking from the double stand with 8 year old grand daughter....got her deer a few minutes after this was taken.

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  23. buck460XVR

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    I hunted with a bow for 48 years. 5 years ago, when I turned 60, with a bum shoulder and carpal tunnel in my right hand, I switched over to a crossbow. It's the only thing that makes for me to get back into the woods during archery season. Because crossbows were illegal or heavily restricted here for most of my life.....I kinda felt like a violator the first coupla years. Range for my crossbow is no different than the range of my last compound. Since during firearms season I only use revolvers to hunt deer, I feel like it evens out. Still, like any other weapon or method that is legal, I don't look down my nose at folks that use 'em even if they are truly capable of drawing a bow. Baiting was illegal(and still is where I hunt deer) for many years, yet folks have seemed to grasp that as necessary in every place that it is legal. Seems as long as there are plenty of deer in the woods, most DNRs/F&Gs let folks take them in ways once were thought improper. Kinda why I don't always think of it as hunting anymore.........
     
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  24. Bfh_auto

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    I wasn't trying to come off as looking down my nose at people. It's more of a personal thing. I like people hunting at long as it's legal.
     
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  25. Choctaw

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    Yep, the important thing is they are out hunting.
     
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