How close do you park your ATV to your stand?

I think it much depends on how early you're going in.

If you're sliding in sideways with the throttle wide open at first light riding that ATV it's probably an issue. If you're getting there and in the stand an hour or more before daylight probably not (they'll think that whatever was making that noise is long gone).

I typically park my truck at the back end of the property. My favorite 2 stands are probably 400 yards away. One is down in the swamp and the other on the edge of the swamp on a ridge. Totally different topography from where I park on the edge of a field (FWIW, a mile is 1760 yards, so 400 yards is almost a quarter of a mile away). I try to be on my stand an hour before first light for the most part.

BTW, I do have an UTV. It's purpose isn't to get me TO the deer, it's to get the deer out of the woods given my age and some physical issues I've had - particularly with spinal surgery.
 
I’m not slamming anyone but for those who say you walk “a mile” have you actually measured it?
I second this. On private land that's hard to swallow people walking that far. Average pace for a person is a 20 minute mile. I cut my normal pace in half so that's a 40 minute walk in every morning at least. Don't know anyone who does that if their are other options. I know public you have to but that's ridiculous. Spook more deer sneaking through the woods with a light than i do riding an ATV.
 
I'll turn my wheeler sideways on our logging roads,sit in a chair beside it with my rifle on the seat and watch deer cross the road. I see a lot of deer hunting this way
 
I second this. On private land that's hard to swallow people walking that far. Average pace for a person is a 20 minute mile. I cut my normal pace in half so that's a 40 minute walk in every morning at least. Don't know anyone who does that if their are other options. I know public you have to but that's ridiculous. Spook more deer sneaking through the woods with a light than i do riding an ATV.
Wma's have wide open walking trails everywhere behind gates.... DNR can access the gates and drive in but no hunter access with motorized vehicle. I jump a few deer from time to time but usually off the plots along the closed road. Not where I hunt. If you know anything about public land you know the farther you get from the crowd the better off you are
 
Wma's have wide open walking trails everywhere behind gates.... DNR can access the gates and drive in but no hunter access with motorized vehicle. I jump a few deer from time to time but usually off the plots along the closed road. Not where I hunt. If you know anything about public land you know the farther you get from the crowd the better off you are
Exactly why I said with the exception of public land.......
 
Yes, I keep my spreader on mine all YEAR long and full of corn. Whether is going to stand or just riding my baby girl around the property, best believe the cone is a slingin! The dee come a runnin! So the closest I can get to my stand w/ it, the better. Happy Hunting to all, not much longer now!
 
Last edited:
Top