10 Tips for Increasing Your Treestand Time

One of the most common questions bowhunters ask me is, "What the real secret is to killing big bucks?"

Since they are asking, I can safely assume that those inquisitive folks don't have access to unbelievable deer ground or savings accounts that would rival a Saudi oil prince. Ruling out prime ground and paying-to-play where 200-inchers are common, the answer is almost always the same — time.

The hunters who put in more time scouting, prepping for the season, and actually hunting, tend to be the most successful. This is true year-round, but especially important right now. With the rut in full swing and the dreaded lock-down stage just around the corner, the time of the day you punch in and out of your stands can make all of the difference.

Unfortunately, it's not that easy to hunt for hours and hours, day after day. Most bowhunters don't have it in them despite the chest thumping at the local pro shop. So, a better answer to the original question might just be, "Put in as much time as you can stomach (and then maybe a few hours more)."

To help you max out your ambush time, consider these 10 tips:

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