Lake Barrier ****The rut's on, bucks are hot chasing does, and you're looking for a funnel that concentrates deer. A large lake edge like the one behind the hunters shown here is perfect, as bucks use the barrier to "trap" does against the water border. A two-person blind like the Summit "Double Barrel" is ideal for hunting this spot, since one person can concentrate on calling and rattling, the other has shooting duties.
Acorns On An “Edge” Anytime you locate abundant “good” acorns (white oaks, red oaks, overcups), the spot is worth a hard look. But if you also discover an “edge,” like where mature pines abut young saplings (show here), deer tend to walk the “edge.” If you locate early-season buck rubs, and get the wind right, it’s a great place to hang a lightweight, highly portable stand like Summit’s “Falcon.”
High Ground During Wet Times Sometimes during periods of high water, deer are concentrated in high-ground areas adjoining large wetland regions where they usually seek solitude. Because deer are forced out of their usual wet ground routines, hunters often must stay on the move to locate places bucks are using. That’s what Jason Gordon (Marketing Director for Summit Tree Stands) did to collect this massive 175-inch Mississippi bow buck. Jason twice had to move his lightweight 20-pound “Viper SS” portable Summit climbing stand to get into the thick of whitetail activity.
Deep Ravine A deep gully or ravine, whether filled with water or not, is a obstacle to deer and they tend to skirt it looking for a low place to cross. Such a gully near a known food source like an agricultural field can get a lot of deer traffic. A steep ditch with a single place where the banks are low and deer funnel to cross it can be a great spot for a stand. Many such ravines near fields can be accessed easily by ATV, so a tall, comfortable ladder stand can be easily erected, such as Summit’s “Single Shot.”
Fence Hole or Gap Deer travel the path of least resistance, so they habitually pass through gaps or holes in fence lines. Check for fresh tracks and prevailing wind direction. The giant oak tree behind this kneeling hunter is a prime spot for a stand if wind direction is favorable. The large tree trunk and limbs make for great hunter cover, and a hang-on stand is best suited for it. Summit’s new “Raptor Eagle,” used with “Bucksteps” ladders, would make a deadly stand high in that stately oak.
Field Edge Ground Blind Sometimes a field edge is the best place to hunt, and to observe deer so a move to another location can be made. A field point of timber is a good set-up, as it offers an excellent view of the action. Not all field edges offer good trees for stand placement, so ground blinds are necessary. While brush and natural cover are okay, a commercially-made ground blind like Summit’s “Run-N-Gun Deluxe” not only offers better concealment, but it sets up quickly and its fabric sides contain hunter scent, and protect a sportsman from wind and weather.
**Heavily-Used Trail ** Heavy deer traffic areas are always choice hunting spots, like this one through a barb wire fence between two fields. The tree in the background is too close to the trail and fence for a stand, so choose another tree 15 to 20 yards downwind. This open-timber site would be perfect for a ladder stand, like the “Single Shot MAGNUM” by Summit. Such a ladder stand allows swift, quiet entry by a hunter wishing to sneak in and out of a hot deer ambush site.
Power or Gas Line Firearms hunters love these grassy, mowed areas. They allow for long-range viewing and shooting, and they can be planted to attract whitetails from the thickest cover. A tall stand that allows for distant viewing and easy turning to tag a buck from long range is desirable, like Summit’s “Predator Pod.”
Waterhole During dry hunting periods deer can be counted on to live near water or come to it to drink. A ground blind like Summit’s “Run-N-Gun” Lite may make sense to use here if there are no good stand trees nearby for bowhunting. This lightweight blind makes for easy transport and set-up, and offers excellent viewing of game without being detected.
Winding Creek A wiggly creek that makes a lot of “S” turns can be a hot spot for deer. A creek makes a barrier for animals, and they travel its edges looking for an optimum place to cross. Often the best place to ambush a buck is from a stand on the upwind, outside bend of a creek. From this stand position, a deer walking the creek edge from either direction can’t “wind” a hunter. Moreover, if the creek is narrow, an archer can shoot a buck walking on either side of the creek. Like all deer hunting, wind direction is critical with this stand set up. The breeze must blow from the hunter to the creek. If wind changes direction, the stand site must be altered, keeping the breeze in a hunter’s favor. Fast, lightweight climbing stands are best for working wiggly creeks, like Summit’s “Open Shot Deluxe,” which weighs only an amazing 14 pounds. It’s ideal for quickly changing stand locations along a creek. Click HERE to see Summit’s new tree stand line up. Summit has a long a excellent reputation for producing great tree stands. They have a wealth of new models on the market for this fall.

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