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What Time To Enter A Treestand

Bowhunting Tactics

The only thing certain about what time you should enter a treestand, is that there is no set time that works for ever stand location. Whether you are hunting during the morning, afternoon or all day, there are several factors of timing that you need to consider when deciding when to head to your favorite treestand. Do you want to see and shoot more bucks each year? Then make sure to learn why you should never have a set time to enter a stand location.

*What are your morning, mid-day and evening Treestand Strategies?

To say that there is a set time to enter every treestand, is to not understand the deer movement at every treestand location. Every treestand has the perfect access time, for the particular time of day and time of season. While the estimation of when will be left to you for each individual treestand that you plan to enter this Fall, here are several clues that you should consider, before climbing into your next treestand.

Morning Treestand Entrance Tips

What time you should enter a treestand in the morning, can be best explained by the 3 basic options that you should analyze for each morning setup:

1. An Hour Before Daylight or More

This is a great option for locations like bedding areas that are more likely to have deer enter at daybreak or later. However, if deer are likely to travel downwind of your stand location prior to daylight, then the longer you sit in the dark, the greater the risk that your hunt will be spoiled before the sun comes up. If I enter a stand early, I make certain that the possibility of a buck that I am after cruising downwind of my location, is very low. Often, I choose to enter stand locations early, when my downwind scent is blocked in some manner, including: Cliffs, ponds, swamps, steep ravines and poor habitat, such as solid stands of conifer, solid switchgrass, or fallow, food-less fields.

2. During Gray Light at Daybreak

When the possibility of deer entering my downwind scent cone under the cover of darkness is high, I often choose to enter my stand during the period of gray light. I can still use the cover of darkness to slip thru the woods, while at the same time decreasing my risk of spooking deer downwind before my hunt even begins.

3. Post Daybreak Mature Buck Cruising Time

Do you have a giant ag field or open pasture to access thru? Then simply wait until the deer leave the field, and then head straight to your stand location, perpendicular to the expected line of deer travel. If you are worried about deer bedding along the field edge you will be accessing, then it sounds like a poor location to attempt a morning hunt, unless you can slip in from the exact opposite location and let the deer come back to your feet to bed.

*The most important aspect of accessing a treestand, is there is no right answer for all stands, only right answers based on a host of factors, for each stand location. One of my favorite morning tactics for hunting cruising field edge bucks, is a post-daybreak Stand Entrance.

When To Access An Afternoon Stand Setup

While the end of daylight is always a shrinking target, what I focus on the most is how long I actually plan to sit. During all times but the rut, I like to plan for a solid, 3 hour sit. Because of blocked and hidden access there are certain stand or blind locations that I can easily slip into an hour to two hours before dark, even with deer in front of the stand location. However, hidden access late afternoon stand locations, do not make up the majority of my afternoon setups.

During the rut I most often switch stands from the hours of morning to afternoon. In those cases I rarely actually leave the woods. Depending on my experience with deer movement for the two stand locations I plan to hunt, I typically change stand locations between the hours of 11 and 1, with darkness typically settling in around 5:30 during that time of the season, in my SW WI location. If I am only hunting the afternoon hours during the rut, I often try to settle in 4-6 hours before dark if hunting a heavily wooded cruising location, and closer to 3-4 hours prior to dark if hunting a food source. The entire topic of an afternoon stand entrance boils down to 1 major factor: Beating the afternoon food source movement.


In the end, when you choose to enter a stand location should be when the deer are not, near your stand location. That seems like such a basic concept, yet hunters still express an exact time that they choose to enter a morning or afternoon stand location. By scouting, studying and understanding the deer movement in and around every stand location, your answer for when to hunt a certain stand, will be revealed to you. The timing of when to enter a stand location is very specific to each and every location and the more stand setups that you have, the more of a variety of timing, you should find.


Treestand Placement - Morning Vs. Evening Stands

One common mistake often made by bow hunters is hunting their stand locations at the wrong time of day. 

While scouting for deer sign is an important role in locating the deer that you’re hunting, understanding what time of day the deer are using these areas can be just as important to filling your tag.

When it comes to bowhunting success it takes both the right place as well as the right time.

Keep in mind the information below is a general guideline for hunting morning locations and evening locations. 

When it comes to deer hunting there are no absolutes, so be prepared to adjust your hunting locations and tactics to your individual situation.

Morning Treestand Placement

As a general rule of thumb, it is best to avoid hunting primary food sources in the mornings.   Whitetails are typically most active during the night, much of which they spend feeding. 

Large agricultural fields is where most whitetails spend the majority of their time in the evenings and they will often remain in these fields until 1 to 2 hours before daylight. 

At this time they may begin heading back towards cover where they will bed down for the day.

You stand a very good chance of spooking deer on your way into your stand if you are trying to hunt over a food source, or too close to one, in the morning. 

Walk into that food plot you spent hours working on this summer an hour before daylight and chances are you’ll spot several sets of eyeballs in your flashlight before you hear the telltale snort of a whitetail headed the other direction.

Avoiding food sources in the morning includes not just hunting over field edges, but the entrance route to your stand a well. 

While an open field or field edge may be the easiest way to your stand, it can also be the easiest way to ruin a morning hunt before it even begins.

In order to go undetected try to slip into your stand using natural features such as creeks, ravines, and standing crops to your advantage. 

Take care to avoid walking field edges or areas within sight or earshot of a food source where you think deer may be. 

In most cases this is going to make your morning walk longer and more difficult than you’re used to, however it will almost surely increase your morning deer sightings.

So if not food sources, where should you hunt in the mornings?  One of the most productive places to hunt during the morning are as close as you can get to a good bedding area. 

The intent is to catch deer coming off the feed sources at night and working their way back to safety to bed for the day.  This tactic, although productive, does pose several risks that must be taken into consideration.

First, you need to set up between the food and the bedding area.  If you set up on the wrong side of the bedroom you may find yourself playing more games on your phone than watching deer.   

When picking your stand location it is helpful to keep in mind the various food sources available to your local whitetails and hang several stand sets that you can utilize as the food sources change. 

When farmers begin taking in crops or acorns begin to drop the deer will begin utilizing different food sources and, in some cases, different bedding areas as well. 

A general rule of thumb is that you can never have too many stand locations to pick from.

This nice Illinois buck on a cold morning in late October. The hunter was set up near small bedding area that was surrounded by rubs when he appeared shortly after daylight. Mid to late October is a great time to catch bucks like this on their feet just late enough to get a shot at them.

Second, watch the wind carefully.  Sitting in between a food source and bedding area won’t do you any good if your wind is blowing to the deer before you can get a shot. 

Many hunters prefer to hunt on a cross wind, which is blowing perpendicular to both the bedding and feeding areas.  

This allows you to get into the stand without blowing out deer from the food source, yet doesn’t expose you to any deer that may happen to slip into the bedroom from another direction without you knowing. 

Of course you don’t always get this ideal wind which means that you’ll often have to pick a stand with the wind blowing at least partially into the bedding area. 

Be sure to hunt these stands very sparingly as you may only have one or two opportunities to hunt them on a non-perfect wind before they are blown out. 

However, if you’ve played your cards right once chance may be all you need.

When picking a morning stand you have to consider not just your entrance but your exit route as well. 

Don’t walk through the middle of the bedding area on your way back to the truck unless you enjoy not seeing deer from that stand any longer. 

They key is to remain undetected so try exiting through those food sources you avoided in the morning, where you’re less likely to encounter a bedded buck.  

In many cases, the exit from your stand will be different than your entrance in order to remain undetected.

This map shows both morning "M" and evening "E" setups. For the morning hunts you can enter into the woods in order to catch the deer moving off the feed fields back into the timber. Conversely, evening setups overlooking a standing bean field allow easy access without spooking deer bedded in the timber.

Finally, make sure you get into your stand early.  Mature bucks prefer to be off the food sources and headed back to bed well before daylight. 

If you’re walking into your stand 20 minutes before shooting light and run into a buck headed the same direction you may have just blown your chance. 

Try to be in your stand and ready to go at least an hour before shooting light, which often means leaving the truck a solid 2 hours before shooting light. 

This gives you time to cool off from that extra-long hike, get your gear ready and let the woods settle back down before the sun peaks over the horizon.  

If you do nothing else, try getting into your stands much earlier than you do know and you’ll be surprised at how many more deer you will begin to see.

Evening Treestand Placement

During evening hunts one of the most common hot spots is a hot food source.  The majority of your deer will be bedded down during the daytime and get up near dusk to begin feeding. 

In most cases they will begin to work their way towards food sources where they can chow down all night under the cover of darkness. 

Does will almost always be the first deer to enter a field at night, with most mature bucks not willing to expose themselves until the cover of darkness is close.

Finding a hot food source, like this standing corn field, is a great starting point for your evening hunts. After you've located the destination food source try to locate where the deer are entering the fields and set up on the downwind side.

Just like hunting during the morning you need to be aware of your wind direction and approach to the stand.   Your wind should typically be blowing from your location towards the food source, or perpendicular to it. 

Make sure to avoid having your wind blow directly into the area you expect the deer to approach from (the bedding area. 

While this seems like common sense you’d be surprised at the number of hunters who simply pick a stand on the edge of a field without paying attention to wind direction.  If the deer smell you before presenting a shot, the jig is up.

Approaching your stand doesn’t necessarily require as much work as your morning sets since walking through or on the edge of your agricultural fields is a great way to get into your stand undetected. 

The key is to avoid walking through any timber or locations you think deer may be bedded such as CRP, overgrown pastures, or any thick cover. 

If you just go trouncing through the middle of the woods on your way into your stand you may very well blow out the bedded deer before they have a chance to make their way to your food source.  

If possible, try to walk as far from the edge of the field where you believe the deer will enter as possible.  This can help avoid bumping any deer bedded near the field edge, and also minimize the amount of scent you leave behind for later.

For those of you with good agricultural fields or food plots, and unpressured deer, you may have good luck directly overlooking the food source. 

As seen on TV, many a big buck has met his maker while feeding in a food plot or bean field during broad daylight.  However, as many hunters have found out, sitting directly on a food source may provide consistent sightings of does and small bucks but not the mature deer you’re after. 

This can be attributed to the fact that often times big bucks like to hang back in the woods and wait for the cover of darkness before coming out into the open.  After all, they didn’t get that big by being stupid.

In these cases you’ll often find a heavy concentration of buck sign (rubs and scrapes) either just inside the field edge, or just outside of the bedding area.  

If you start seeing this increase in sign during mid-October but no buck sightings in the fields during shooting hours you may need to move your stand in closer to the bedding area to try and catch these bucks while they are staging. 

Staying mobile by either using a climbing stand or a set of Lone Wolf climbing sticks and hang-on stand can present a huge benefit to the bow hunter.

A great way to help you determine when the bucks are visiting your food sources is to use a trail camera. When it comes to trail cameras many hunters simply use them to gather an inventory of their deer herd, but not as actual scouting tools. 

If you can change your way of thinking and place your camera in strategic areas to tell you when deer are active it can help you figure out which places to hunt, and which places to avoid. 

If you are getting nothing but night time photos of your target bucks on field edges, try moving back 100 yards or so and see if you can surprise him before darkness falls.

Just be careful not to go too deep, or your risk bumping him out of his bed.  Going in after a mature buck is a risky game and requires the utmost in patience and stealth. Knowing exactly where he’s bedding can be the key to punching your tag with the buck of a lifetime. This is where post season scouting from the previous spring can really pay off.

Another overlooked evening set that often times coincides with staging areas are acorn drops.  Many hunters often underestimate the power of acorns when it comes to whitetail hunting, which is a big mistake. 

There are few foods a whitetail enjoys more than a fresh crop of acorns, especially white acorns.  If you can find a white oak that’s dropping acorns in between a bedding area and your primary food source you may just have found one of your best evening setups.

After spotting this buck feeding on acorns under a huge white oak tree, this hunter repositioned his Lone Wolf treestand and shot him two nights later under the same tree. Mid to late October is a great time to locate, pattern, and harvest a good buck before the rut kicks in and he disappears from his core area.

Be Ready To Move Your Treestand

The above tips are simply a guideline that should help you get close to the deer you’re hunting and be able to observe their movements and patterns. 

With a little bit of luck (and some newfound skills) you’ll be able to hang a stand and kill a deer from it using these tips.  However, that may not always be the case.

Bowhunting is a game of inches and sometimes you’ll find that your stand is close but just not close enough to give you a shot.  When this happens you need to be ready to move.

Another mistake bow hunters make is hunting the same stand over and over again, hoping that someday a deer will walk within range. 

While there are certain stands that can produce year in and year out finding those “killing stands” isn’t as easy as it sounds.  Sure, you may have SEEN a buck from this stand two years ago, and your uncle may have killed one with his gun a decade ago, but what is going on in your woods today? 

As food sources change from year to year and other factors including hunting and outside pressure change, deer will alter their movement patterns.   In these cases you need to be ready to move.

The biggest reason most hunters don’t move their stands more often is a combination of laziness and the difficulty of moving stands. 

If you’re using a ladder stand you can pretty much forget about being mobile.  Likewise, using screw-in steps and heavy steel hang-on stands can present quite the challenge as well. 

Having a good, lightweight treestand setup is the only way to go when it comes to staying mobile. 

Many experienced bowhunters rely on a Lone Wolf hang-on stand and climbing sticks.  With this setup and you can scout a staging area with fresh sign and be set up and hunting in less than 30 minutes in almost any tree. 

Often times this means the difference between success and failure.

So if you find yourself in the position where you’re seeing a lot of deer but not getting close enough for a shot, try moving your stand location and see what happens.  After all, the window of opportunity for most hunters is relatively small.  

Between weekends and a few “call in sick” days most of us only get to spend somewhere between 5 and 10 days in a stand while the hunting is good (end of October to mid November).  If you don’t do it now, you may be waiting until next year to wrap your tag around a nice set of whitetail antlers.

Justin Zarr

General Manager at

Justin has been bowhunting for more than 30 years, harvesting a number of P&Y whitetails in that time.  He co-hosts the popular bowhunting show Bowhunt or Die along with Todd Graf.  Justin lives in the NW suburbs of Chicago with his wife and 3 children.

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How to sit on the splits if you are already over twenty

February 21Sports and fitness

Training regimen for guaranteed success.

Iya Zorina

Author of Lifehacker, athlete, CCM



Will it be possible to sit on the splits in adulthood

According to research 1. K. E. Roach, T. P. Miles. Normal hip and knee active range of motion: the relationship to age / Physical therapy
2. L. Stathokostas, M. W. McDonald. Flexibility of Older Adults Aged 55–86 Years and the Influence of Physical Activity / Journal of aging research, hip mobility does not begin to decline until after age 70. Moreover, this happens very slowly: women and men lose about 0.6–1.16 ° of the range per decade.

So if you are not in your eighties yet, you can safely forget about your age and start exercising.

Do I need to warm up before stretching

The higher J. Nakano, C. Yamabayashi, A. Scott. The effect of heat applied with stretch to increase range of motion: a systematic review / Physical therapy in sport the temperature of the muscles, the more supple and softer they become.

But for warming up to affect the results of stretching, it is not enough 1. V. C. de Weijer, G. C. Gorniak, E. Shamus. The effect of static stretch and warm-up exercise on hamstring length over the course of 24 hours / The Journal of orthopaedic and sports physical therapy
2. I. B. Stewart, G. G. Sleivert. The effect of warm-up intensity on range of motion and anaerobic performance / The Journal of orthopaedic and sports physical therapy 10-15 minutes of light cardio. So if you are only doing stretching, you can start exercising without a short warm-up “for show”. If there are other workouts in your life, stretch immediately after the main session.

If you have a massage roller and a little time, before stretching, roll out the front, back and inner thighs, as well as the buttocks, for a minute. It may A. R. Mohr, B. C. Long, C. L. Goad. Effect of foam rolling and static stretching on passive hip‑flexion range of motion / Journal of sport rehabilitation to improve your performance.

How to sit on a longitudinal split

A longitudinal split is a position in which one leg is bent at the hip joint in front of the body, and the other is unbent behind it. In order to lower the pelvis to the floor in this position, you need to stretch the muscles on the back of the leg and the hip flexors well.

For this purpose, nothing is simpler and more effective than a fixed one. 1. D. S. Davis, P. E. Ashby, K. L. McCale. The effectiveness of 3 stretching techniques on hamstring flexibility using consistent stretching parameters / Journal of strength and conditioning research
2. K. J. Hill, K. P. Robinson, J. W. Cuchna. Immediate Effects of Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Stretching Programs Compared With Passive Stretching Programs for Hamstring Flexibility: A Critically Appraised Topic / Journal of sport rehabilitation

What exercises to do

We have selected three static exercises that will stretch all the muscle groups needed to master the longitudinal split.

Kneeling Leg Bend

This exercise will prepare the muscles on the back of the thigh and buttocks.

Stand on one knee, stretch the other leg forward and place it on the heel. Lean forward, stretching the muscles at the back of your thigh. Place your palms or fingers on the floor on either side of your leg, try to lean forward with a straight back and not hold your breath.

Deep Lunge

This movement will prepare the hip flexors and adductors. In the longitudinal split, they will stretch in the leg located behind.

Photo: Julia Obolenskaya / Lifehacker

Take a deep lunge, put your knee behind your standing leg on the floor. Make sure both thighs are pointing straight ahead. Shift your body weight onto your front leg and feel the muscles in your groin stretch.

Partial longitudinal twine

Lower yourself into a longitudinal split with support on your hands. Check that both hips are facing forward and that the knee behind the standing leg is on the floor, not to the side. If your arms aren't long enough, use braces, yoga blocks, or another stable platform. Do not hold your breath and try to relax in the position.

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Gradually the space between your feet and the mat will decrease, and sooner or later your pelvis will sink to the floor and you will sit on a full longitudinal split. Just do not force things - it is better to spend a year or more on training than to get injured and then suffer from muscle pain.

How to sit on the cross split

The cross split is a position in which both legs are bent and abducted at the hip joints. To lower the pelvis to the floor, you need to stretch the adductor muscles located on the inside of the thigh, as well as a group of muscles on the back of the leg.

Exercises to do

The postures below are easy to learn and suitable for people of all fitness levels.


This pose will stretch the adductor muscles well and will not cause pain in the knees.

Photo: Alexander Starostin

Leaning on the floor with your forearms, turn your hips to the sides and bend your knees at a right angle. You can put folded blankets under your knees so that it doesn't hurt. Try to relax in this pose, letting your pelvis sink to the floor under its own weight.


This exercise also stretches the adductors.

Photo: Julia Obolenskaya

Sit on the floor against the wall, put your feet together, pulling them as close to the pelvis as possible, and try to put your hips on the floor. Just don't push your knees with your hands and don't ask others to do it for you - such violence is fraught with injury.

Partial Cross Split

Stand straight, spread your legs wide and bend your knees at an angle of 90º. Place your hands on a chair or yoga blocks, arch your lower back slightly, tilting your pelvis forward, and allow your legs to move apart.

When you reach the end of your range, hold the pose for 30 seconds. Do not lower your chest, continue to hold the forward tilt of the pelvis and try to gradually deepen the stretch.

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After a while, you will be able to fully lower your pelvis to the floor and raise your arms, sitting on a full cross split.

How often to do splits

Stretch D. S. Davis, P. E. Ashby, K. L. McCale. The effectiveness of 3 stretching techniques on hamstring flexibility using consistent stretching parameters / Journal of strength and conditioning research once a day, three to five times 1. W. D. Bandy, J. M. Irion. The effect of time on static stretch on the flexibility of the hamstring muscles / Physical therapy
2. W. D. Bandy, J. M. Irion, M. Briggler. The effect of time and frequency of static stretching on flexibility of the hamstring muscles / Physical therapy per week. The whole lesson will take no more than 10 minutes, so even a person with a very busy schedule can handle it.

If you are under 65, hold each pose for 30 seconds, if you are older, 60 seconds.

According to research 1. A. Cini, G. S. Vasconcelos, C. S. Lima. Acute effect of different time periods of passive static stretching on the hamstring flexibility / Back and musculoskeletal rehabilitation
2. W. D. Bandy, J. M. Irion. The effect of time on static stretch on the flexibility of the hamstring muscles / Physical therapy, half a minute is enough for young people to increase mobility, and additional time in the pose will not bring benefits.

But after 65 years, stretching for 60 seconds gives J. B. Feland, J. W. Myrer, S. S. Schulthies. The effect of duration of stretching of the hamstring muscle group for increasing range of motion in people aged 65 years or older / Physical therapy better results than shorter sessions.

How long will it take to do the splits

It is impossible to say how long it will take you. In any case, do not rush things by trying to overcome your range with the help of force. It is better to sit on the twine in six months or even a year than to injure the muscles and generally forget about this goal.

At the same time, stopping training will bring you back to where you started very quickly. In one experiment R. W. Willy, B. A. Kyle, S. A. Moore. Effect of cessation and resumption of static hamstring muscle stretching on joint range of motion / The Journal of orthopaedic and sports physical therapy, all the gains gained in 6 weeks of regular stretching disappeared in just a month without exercise.

So keep stretching regularly after your first post with your twine hits a hundred likes on Instagram*. Of course, if that wasn't your only goal.

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When a child starts to sit and how to help him

March 31, 2020LikbezAdvice

Most likely, a significant event will happen closer to 6 months. But it is not exactly.



How to understand that a child is ready to sit

Children are born weak: their muscles at first cannot keep the body upright. But every day they develop and become stronger.

The first sign that the child will soon learn to sit is the ability to confidently control the position of the head.

The fact that the baby has learned to hold his head upright and turn it in different directions means that the muscles of his neck and back are sufficiently strengthened. As a rule, this skill is acquired at the age of 5-6 months. Before the ability to sit down, holding vertically not only the head, but also the back, there is literally one step left.

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When baby starts to sit

Most babies start sitting confidently around 6 months of age Infant and toddler health. Although the boundaries of the norm, as often happens, are rather blurred Baby milestones: Sitting - someone is trying as early as 4 months, and someone is closer to 7.

True, sitting does not mean sitting down. Most likely, at first you will have to help your son or daughter into the right position (do not do this before the child learns to hold his head!).

Sit your baby in such a way that he has support. For example, surround him with pillows. Or sit in a chair for feeding - but just make sure that it does not fall out.

Even children who seem to have mastered sitting often tip over in the first few weeks after learning a new skill. Sometimes - simply because they have become uninteresting in maintaining an upright position. Keep this in mind and do everything so that the child does not hit his head when falling.

By the age of 7-8 months, almost all children sit up on their own from any position - lying on their back, stomach, side - and confidently maintain balance with an upright back.

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What to do if the child does not sit

First of all, do not worry. The boundaries of the norm are wide, and if your child refuses to keep his back upright even at 6-7 months, he has every physiological right to do so.

Worry is justified only in the following cases Baby milestones: Sitting:

  • if by about 4 months you have not noticed even attempts to raise your head and hold it upright;
  • if the child holds his head, but does not try to raise himself on his hands from a position on his tummy;
  • the baby is already 9 months old, but he still has not learned to sit without support.

However, even lagging behind these key “reference points” is not yet an indicator that something is wrong with the child. Children develop individually. And for example, those of them who were born prematurely may be slightly behind in development compared to their peers. In any case, the pediatrician will give you more accurate information.

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How to help your child sit and sit up

The ability to sit is directly related to how strong the back and neck muscles are. Therefore, if you want to speed up the process, take the time to train.

1. Place your baby on your stomach more often

In this position, in order to see what is happening around, he will have to raise his head and shoulders, leaning on the handles. This is a great workout for the back muscles.

To prevent your child from getting bored during exercise, arrange colorful toys around him or place a mirror in front of him. Babies at the age of 4-5 months are already inquisitive and ready to spend a lot of time studying new objects and their own faces.

2. Show your child how interesting sitting can be

To do this, sit your baby on your lap with his back against your stomach and chest, and show him toys, read books, make movements (for example, “box-box!”) With his hands, stroke a cat together or sort out stones on table.

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