Our thanks to Summit Treestands for their donation of a new Summit Viper SS Treestand
Like last year we had several thousand people participate in Treestand Challenge 4. Our thanks for helping make this game another success.
This property has been hunted since 1997 by Pat Lefemine, along with the landowner/farmer and his family. It is a great property because it is surrounded by water company land that can not be hunted and the field is mainly alfalfa and red clover which surrounds a small cornfield to the North. Despite the large number of deer, it is a very difficult property to hunt for a mature buck. The bucks cruise all over this property and because of heavy hunting pressure on nearby farms, human scent is not tolerated well. For that reason we are extremely careful to hunt the wind 'precisely' when hunting for a mature buck.
The correct answers for this competition
Morning = Stand 7 (7% chose this for the morning stand)
There are many good areas on this property, but the problem is its shape and inaccessibility given the prevailing wind. When the wind shifts, we can hunt different stands, but when the prevailing wind blows from the SW there are two stands that can consistently be hunted without disturbing deer that are already in the field -or coming off of it. For the morning, the best stand is 7 as it allows us to park at the barn and travel quietly through the woods in the pre-dawn darkness. The majority of deer move from the fields using the SW corner. They head through the cow pasture before they enter the woods on two or three main trails that lead to bedding areas. This allows me to intercept them without being winded. Because I am near the bedding area, there is also a good amount of late morning buck activity in this corner during the November rut.
Evening = Stand 5 (4% chose this for the evening stand)
It's basically the same thing, only in reverse. The deer stage at the edge of the cow pasture and will often provide a fantastic shot opportunity here as they emerge from the woods. I will wait for all the deer to move out of the pasture and into the field, then I exit my stand and sneak through the woods back to the truck. By hunting this stand in the evening, we are never seen and never winded (given prevailing winds).
The total percentage of people who got both answers correct was 1%