Before Daylight or Not?

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by Tyler Bacic, Nov 1, 2017.

  1. Tyler Bacic

    Tyler Bacic Fawn

    Oct 9, 2017
    Berea, KY
    Which do you prefer, getting in the stand before daylight or being able to hunt while walking to the stand?
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  2. 120+

    120+ 12 pointer

    I don't practice with my quiver on my bow or a pack and treestand on my back so I try not to hunt that way either. I have a hard enough time just hitting them.
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  3. Swampy207

    Swampy207 6 pointer

    Sep 30, 2014
    I always get to my stand about an hour before sunrise. Gives plenty of time to get settled in, and ready for shooting light.
  4. captain71

    captain71 10 pointer

    Nov 3, 2011
    Western Ky
    I go an hour before daylight I like hearing foot steps under my deer stand wondering what it is. Well that's one of the reasons but I do like to be there when thing wakes up.
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  5. jamesw

    jamesw 6 pointer

    Mar 23, 2011
    30 mins early is enough for me but I work 2nd shift so I never know what time daylight breaks. I hate getting in the woods after daylight so I usually mis judge daylight and get there an hour early.
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  6. Todd H

    Todd H 6 pointer

    Nov 7, 2011
    South Central, KY
    Before, at least 45 mins
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  7. KYBOY

    KYBOY 12 pointer

    Apr 21, 2005
    If I don't need a light to get there Im bad late
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  8. cedar creek

    cedar creek 10 pointer

    Sep 7, 2014
    I always kind of thought that if you get in stand before birds start singing your good but if I’m running late I bump everything, if I’m late I usually just set down edge of field or woods
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  9. preachnhunt

    preachnhunt 6 pointer

    Jan 8, 2009
    Always try to be early, but dang that bed is hard to leave sometimes.
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  10. aaronc

    aaronc 12 pointer

    Jul 21, 2009
    30 minutes minimum,...hour is always my goal. sometimes it works out to be a little more. Don't like rushing to my spot,..underarmour is great but I still don't like breakin any sweat on way in,...then freeze to death later.
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  11. xbokilla

    xbokilla 12 pointer

    Jun 28, 2012
    As long as I got some considerable darkness left to settle in I'm fine 20-30 mins before daylight. Last Sunday in the cold rain-sleet-snow I was a good 45 mins before daylight but my old man wasn't with me. He's always running late, "It ain't gonna hurt them old deer." Heard it hundreds of time in my life.
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  12. rockhousehunter

    rockhousehunter 10 pointer

    Oct 18, 2013
    West Liberty, Ky
    I usually get in about 30 min. before also, don't like setting in the dark any longer than that and feel there's no use to. Killed almost all my bucks later in the morning anyway, only killed one of mine at daybreak.
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  13. bgkyarcher

    bgkyarcher 12 pointer

    Aug 23, 2011
    If I'm bowhunting, I always get in 45 minutes before first light. With a firearm, it depends on where I'm headed. If it's a hike more than a couple hundred yards, I wait until I can see, then stalk the stand. I've never killed a deer that way, but I've sure had the opportunity.
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  14. JDMiller

    JDMiller 12 pointer

    Jun 12, 2005
    " Between the Rivers "
    Bow or gun... I’m usually like 30-45 minutes in the stand before daylight.
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  15. 120+

    120+ 12 pointer

    I try to do the same. Something about sitting in the dark and watching the world wake up around you. I enjoy that as much as anything.

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