Preparing for All-Day Sits in the Deer Woods
By: Lynn Burkhead
If you're armed with the right supplies ' and the proper snacks ' a routine day afield can turn into the one for the ages
When I was first starting out as an outdoor writer and aspiring bowhunter of big whitetails, some of the deer hunting experts I interviewed often gave me a piece of hard-earned advice. They told me to try hunting all day long, particularly during the whitetail rut.
Truth be told, I probably held back a grin at such advice. Why? Because in the Texas deer-hunting camps where I spent my time each fall, that simply wasn’t the way it was done. Instead, it was the standard routine of getting up early, sitting in a stand until late morning, meeting back at camp for lunch – and perhaps a short nap – followed by a return visit to the deer stand for the final two or three hours of the day.
But on a bowhunting trip to Pike County, Illinois, I finally decided to give that deer-hunting advice a try. With the idea reinforced in camp by my friend Ronnie “Cornbread” Cannon, a Pike County guide and Mississippi bow shop owner I had met a few months earlier at a Pope and Young Club scoring school, I figured what did I have to lose?
So early that next morning, I packed a lunch full of protein-rich snacks like Old Trapper Beef Jerky, topped things off with a couple of bottles of water, and headed for my treestand.
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