like 1984cj, you have to be flexible, and adapt to the situation. A nice big box blind is good, especially if you have a young or inexeperienced hunter with you, but if you aren't seeing any deer, you may have to scout and find a "better" spot. Tree stands and sitting on the ground give you alot of choices. It just comes down to what you prefer.
In the area I hunt I use a "spot and stalk" method. The wide open sandhills make it difficult to set up a stand and wait for a deer to wonder in range. A good spotting scope or binos is must have for this method. I have hunted along the Missouri River using strap on tree stands. This method required a lot of preseason scouting to understand and map deer patterns, not to mention some guess work to figure out their patterns during harvest and after.
I use a fixed tree stand in my area for Bow hunting but during rifle season my hunting partner and I use a stalk and shoot method. We are in an area with wide fields and valleys so we usually have a good lane of fire if we see our game. Both of us have been long rage shooting for years and have taken several white tails this way.
In my part of the woods, but I have encountered a few abandoned ones &
even used one to harvest a deer 10 years ago near Spirit Lake! But, the area
around it got clearcut the next year rendering it useless! I found a very old
one near St Maries this year but it was too unsafe to use & it was located
much above the elevation that the few elk in the area were frequenting! The
"still hunting" method is the most popular way of harvesting game here...
as long as there "is game to hunt"! I could have harvested a very nice buck,
this season... but, I still have a lot of deer meat in the freezer!
I normally hang-out in trees like the primate I am whether it be with firearm or archery equipment. This year I can see the food plot from the bedroom window and I might try taking one in my jammies, although, I think they have to be at least 50% blaze orange.
I have always hunted from a stand. At the age of 73 tree stands are out so we have two permanent stands on our property. They both have been productive since we built them eight years ago. For the last five years I have filled my tag on opening day from the same stand. This year I will try the other stand because the deer are coming out of the grove and pass right by it going out to feed in the alfalfa field and corn stubble. For some reason they come back in across our front yard and usually stop and raise hell with my wifes bird feeders. Because we are in a mainly agricultural area they dont pay much attention to human scent or farm equipment, which makes things much easer.
A gun is like a wife. If you can't love the one you have get a divorce from it and go find one you can lovel
Durring bow season I use a tree stand but durring riffle seasion I usaly still hunt out to alikely spot than I hunt from the ground. I may move a few time throughout the day . I move slow and carefull watching were I put each foot till I get were I want to go.
If the leaves are to crunchy I may walk fast and get were I'm going in the least amount of time and than just sit there all day and try to be a hole in the air. scent elimanation is a big part of my game. It has worked for me in the past.
The start of every new seasion is like Christmas eve You never know what you are going to get , A lump of coal or a new train set.
Thats why they call it hunting and not grocery shopping