By Keith Beam
Very seldom do I climb a tree to hunt whitetails. Why? Am I scared of heights? Nope. You see, Brooks Johnson and myself created a blind company that required us to keep our hindquarters on the ground. Did I miss sitting up fifteen feet in the air and feeling like the creature from Predator? YEP. Did that help teach me what works on the ground? NOPE.
My point is this...I know some things about sitting in a blind, in fact this year will represent the 20th anniversary of the Double Bull incorporation, and I am still sitting in a blind all deer season long. So lets talk early season whitetail tactics from a terra-firma hide.
With the foliage up all over, your visibility is not the sacrifice normally associated with late season ground blind pursuits. In fact, the early fall season is a great time to tuck a blind under some over hanging limbs for the soybean attack mission. Seriously, unless you are going to cut most every limb that is in your way from the tree just in hopes of Mr. Antler not sliding by undetected, you might as well be comfortable and sit in a chair. Falling seventeen inches is a lot less painful than seventeen feet. If you are a studious reader you might note that I said earlier fifteen feet....what that means is that when you wake up from a deep sleep and start falling out of your stand, you may actually jump...hence the added two feet of elevation.
Enough of me rambling about being accident prone, lets kill a whitetail. Use this rule of thumb...if it is really thick, brush in the blind but do it naturally. If it is more open, tuck the blind up against a tree. It is better to have it more open, than to try and hide it so well that deer "all-of-a-sudden" notice the new freshly cut beaver dam.
Point #2, as with late season, set the blind more parallel to the bed to feed trail. This way the approaching critters are not staring directly at the blind and will be walking by in a great quartering away angle....Be ready!
Next post will be about hunting with Dave Micheels.....It will be a very long and boring one.
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Remember that returning with a full quiver is probably a sign of a boring day in the field.
Keith Beam is a lifetime member of the Nebraska Bowhunters Association. He is the co-founder of the famous ground blind company, Double Bull Archery, and now brings you the Drake's Adventure series.