When hunting an area I’m familiar with, my first task is to set up the treestand in a proven location, using my climbing sticks. Once the stand is in place, I take the sticks down with me for mobile use. Now within an hour of arriving, I have a spot set up where I can hunt with confidence. But I’m also off to scout other areas, including new spots, for hot sign. I carry the climbing sticks in my pack at all times, and I wear my saddle. Because of this, if I find a good place, I can hunt it immediately. I’m not only toting around less crap, I’m more efficient and maximizing my time afield.