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What do you eat while deer hunting

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  1. hq

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    Having adverse effects from Imodium that strategy is out of the question for me, but anticipating the possibility of nature calling later on I often lay a fresh "mine" some 200-300 yards from my treestand, near an alternative path deer might use instead of where I am positioned. Works like a charm, deer avoid it like the plague. They don't call it "the silent beater" for nothing. :)

    Oh well. This was a discussion about food but things tend to escalate quickly...
     
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  2. bsparker

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    Nice, I could picture that. Always one of my fears take a bit and see a deer run...or not be able to get him to slow enough. I'm usually out for 5 hours and up till now haven't eaten anything while out, but interested in what has and has not worked. Happy hunting this season!
     
  3. bsparker

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    Ritual and hunting are part of the experience, keep up the ritual. I'll be envious of your full warm meal.
     
  4. bsparker

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    I could get on board with a container of oats, berries and walnuts. This one might make its way into my pack. Thanks!
     
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  5. bsparker

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    Ha, my dad smoked cigars, wore bluejeans and a brown jacket most times. Came home with a couple deer a year. Dad often said it's more important to be still and keep your eyes open than to blend in.
     
  6. bsparker

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    I've taken three deer within 5-10 min of peeing. Used to hold out for the longest time, finally went... zipped and shot.
     
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  7. bsparker

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    Gives me hope for bringing my son in a few years, kid doesn't not sit quiet. But he loves to shoot and be in the woods.
     
  8. bsparker

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    Had a buddy take a buck at 20 yards after being woken from his nap. I get too fixated on surveying the woods can't let my eyes fall for fear of missing something. Maybe I'll try the nap approach this year.
     
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    Frog Legs mostly.
     
  10. Ks5shooter

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    Venison jerky:thumbup::thumbup:
     
  11. Jack Ryan

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    In my younger day I might make a 2 day hunt on just a MtDew and a potato.
     
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  12. Meeks36

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    Peanuts, walnuts, pecans, cashews generally any kind of nuts. It fills you up. Alot of calories and protein. A big plus is the smell might help you.
     
  13. entropy

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    Never done it shooting at deer, but I've shot more than one duck with the unit hanging out....
     
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    For me it depends on the weather, if it's warm: water, apple and granola bar. Cold: Coffee, Pop-tarts and a couple PB&J sandwiches will get me by until dinner time.
     
  15. Bfh_auto

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    I was with you till the instant coffee.
    It's the only thing I don't cheap out on. I love good coffee and will drink some of the worst cooked down coffee, but instant is where I draw the line.
     
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  16. Jeb Stuart

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    Eating is basically fuel. How much energy will you be expending on a day's hunt? Walking/Hiking? Sitting in a tree stand? What is the weather, hot /cold? The key is finding the right fuel and when to take it. And for sure over loading the body with excess sodium (which is easy to do) and simple sugars are not a good thing. How much "Sweat" loss are you actually losing per hour? Not trying to be technical, but it has been part of my Hobby since high school years. To myself, I find it a fascinating study. Interesting to see what others use as fuel.
     
  17. hq

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    There's instant coffee and there's instant coffee. Whatever can be found in supermarkets, including all mainstream and organic brands, is boiled down to a sludge, frozen and freeze dried with common, archaic high end-temperature "technology". Massive heat load throughout the manufacturing process. On the other hand, brewing fresh coffee and storing it boiling hot in a thermos isn't any better.

    Personally I either let the coffee cool down to 100-110°F before storing it, or freeze dry high quality coffee myself, avoiding the degradation caused by heat exposure in both cases.

    OTOH, I've learned not to drink coffee while hunting unless I make it fresh in a pot over campfire. If I really need caffeine in a treestand, a can of energy drink tastes just as bad, can be bought over the counter and is ready-to-drink as it is.
     
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  18. Loyalist Dave

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    Well it's not going "cheap" in my case it's going "quick", and light weight. Tthere are some "instants" that taste better than others, and I confess I call coffee made from preloaded teabags, "instant" since not only is it quick BUT it's a mixture of ground coffee and instant coffee, in many cases. So that's normally what I carry. :thumbup:

    As far as taste goes..., my introduction to "instant" coffee was via C-Rations when I was serving in the Corps, and it didn't improve much if at all when they put it into MRE's. At least in the MRE one sometimes got hot chocolate and coffee, and you could mix that together and make mocha. But if you've learned to drink C-Rat coffee and be happy, then modern, store-bought variations of "instant" are not bad at all. You can even find General Foods International Coffee or Maxwell House International...anyone for an Orange Cappuccino :D ?

    When I want a "great" cup of coffee, I roast and grind my beans, then use a French Press. A little too elaborate though, for me when hunting. ;)

    LD
     
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  19. Bfh_auto

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    I hadn't thought of it that way. The pre packed filters are disgusting also. I should have said I like coffee with good flavor. The only experience I've had with instant was a couple types of nasty stuff.
    I like to brew my coffee and cool it to a acceptable drinking temp. If it gets cold, I'll still drink it.
    Enough on coffee. I was liking all the food ideas. My pack is going to look like a food truck.
     
  20. FL-NC

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    If I'm siting all day, peanut butter on a piece of pita bread. Otherwise, its a can of beanie weenies or a charly tuna lunch kit when I get back to the jeep between am and afternoon sits. On the stand/blind, its usually just water from the camelback and copenhagen.
     
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  21. H&Hhunter

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    I have quit dipping snuff at least 30 times. The last time it stuck 11 years ago. But when I get around a camp fire in the cool mountain air is when I get the urge to take a dip.
     
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    I bring a MRE, and a few packets of water. Give me a warm meal when its 20 below 0. Plenty of carbs in it also. Not the best, but its food and very easy to eat from. I break them apart the night before so there is less shuffling and trash i have to carry back.
     
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    I like the idea of apples and peanut butter crackers, hopefully the scents will cover my scent and attract game:), seriously thermos of coffee, bottles of water and whatever is around the house to snack on. Where I have my blind I am only about 50 yrds from my truck. I hunt on 180 acres within 30min from small town and within 10min from local store that has a deli. I'm thinking about moving a camper there and spend a week there at a time and save the 1.5 hr drive.
     
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  24. wankerjake

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    I’ve basically quit it in my life but when I’m hunting I allow myself to do it. I’m lucky that I can take it or leave it, I buy a couple cans of snuff before a hunt and then don’t buy more. Driving to camp and setting up at a glassing spot are the two big craving times for me.

    However I kinda wish I would give it up for hunting too. It’s hard sometimes to remember why I like the stuff. It gives me heartburn after a few days and a raw lip because I don’t have the callous anymore. My legs are wobbly sometimes getting up to pull a sneak and I get winded easier too while chewing it. There’s basically no upside. But it’s my driving buddy and my glassing buddy and my campfire buddy and it’s tough to say goodbye forever.
     
  25. spazzy

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    I have a double tree stand for just me so I have plenty of room for snackies. Usually jerky and coffee, if I am real lucky my wife whips up some candied pecans for the guys.

    Our group usually goes back to the cabin for late breakfast.

    After it gets dark and we come in for the day its major snackies and drinkies time!
     
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