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How soon do ya'll hunt a stand after hanging it? when I got down from my stand today after the deer seemed to disappear from my area, I went do some scouting and happened to find an area I've never hunted before that is littered with fresh deer sign. I probly made alot of noise when I busted threw some palmetoes and briars to get to this spot and then I'm sure I made more noise when I was hanging my lock on by myself. Should I let it settle down for a couple days before hunting it or should I hunt it tomorrow? This is a bow only area and my furthest shot is 30 yards. I'm hunting a thick area that has food, water, and plenty of cover. Deer droppings everywhere. It will also be hard to sneak in the dark without being heard with all the dry leaves and obsticles to go through. I really think I have a good shot at bagging a good buck in this area and I don't won't to mess it up. Any suggestions or ideas how I should approach this area without spooking the deer?
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I think you will be fine. I hunted my buddy's stand last sunday at 9:00 am I got out and decided to go get in my climber. I made it to the climber and up the tree around 9:20 at 9:26 A spike came out,I was barely just getting settled in.I would try to get in stand a little earlier to let everything settle down.
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I think you will be just fine. sometimes we have to change things up because deer will change there patterns when they feel there may be danger in the area. Deer are used to hearing noises and that can depend upon where you hunt, but it sounds like you found a great spot! Dont get discouraged if you dont get that big buck but you never know. I was always taught to make your spot better. look at the area you are in and begin to think, 'How can I make my spot better and produce more deer'. begin to look at the signs, for instance you saw fresh tracks and heavy tracks which may mean that you might have a heavly used trail. You mentioned you have seen dropping which is a good sign. There are many different ways you can make your spot better you just have to your homework. But if you come in early enough in the moring and afternoon you will be just fine.
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I believe the best time to hunt a new stand is the day you hang it. That is of course if you were able to do it quietly.

After that I don't think you need to wait. Hunt it when the wind is right.
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Thanks for the input guys. I went give it a try today and came very close to sticking a nice 6pt that came sneaking down the trail. I just couldn't get a good shot because of the thick brush so all I could do is watch him walk at 35 yards. After my hunt I trim a few shooting lanes so I'll have a better shot next time
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