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Move Stands for Trophies

Many hunters build permanent treestands, sometimes quite comfortable and luxurious ones, and hunt from them day after day, season after season. Others will erect a portable stand in a likely spot and stick with it all season long. Eventually, any stand site becomes "contaminated" by your presence -- both odor and activity.
Wary trophy bucks get wise to permanent or heavily used stand locations and also seem to have an uncanny ability to determine occupancy. Research with bucks "bugged" with radio collars showed them taking twisty paths to avoid known stand locations. If you suspect a big buck has been "blindsiding" you behind a thicket, you may be right!

The easily portable hang-on or climbing-type stands make stand relocation easy. However, don't just dash about hanging stands willy nilly. Base your stand sites on solid deer-sign evidence or at least a strong hunch. The bulkier ladder stands are also well served by an occasional thoughtful move to a "fresh" location. Several stand sites avoid overuse of one location.

Common Sense Bait

Use common sense on the water when picking baits. If fish are whacking mayflies on the surface, stay away from the nymph. The closer you match their feed, the more you'll increase your catch.

In a Jam

If you're lost in heavily wooded country, the angles at which logging trails join can show you the way out. Logging trails branch out from the main stem. The sharp angle formed at the junctions points to the route loggers use to haul timber to the road.

Watchable Wildlife

Wildlife enthusiasts looking for new viewing opportunities should contact their state department of natural resources or wildlife agency. Most states have produced a "Watchable Wildlife Viewing Guide." Not only do these guides list hundreds of places to view wildlife, they give tips to help you maximize the experience.

Broadheads and Cone Heads

What's on the sharp end of your arrow is what really counts in bowhunting.
Traditional broadheads offer much penetration potential. These come in two-, three- and four-blade models. Fewer blades enhance accuracy but lessen tissue damage. More blades cut more but require stronger bows for penetration. Broadheads must be strong, well vented and absolutely dead straight. Look for multiple blades .020-inch (or more) thick and a total width of 1 1/8 inches or more for quick kills.
The "nose-cone" heads with smooth pencil-like points are accurate but "push" rather than cut their way in. The chisel-points are better but neither penetrate as well as point-cutting broadheads. "Cone heads" require strong bows. "Trick" heads with forward angles, fly-open blades or spiral designs require very strong bows for good penetration.
All point types must be razor sharp to do their job well. Even the "pre-sharpened" types should be checked and hand-honed if necessary. Remember to balance head weight with arrow spine for the best accuracy.

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