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when to leave stand
I often leave the stand when I can no longer make the perfect shot on a bear or its to dark to film, I feel I would rather leave the stand a few minutes early than have the target bear come in and to dark for a shot and have to bump him off the bait in order to get out. what are your thoughts.
It's what I do, good plan
Carcus kills lots of big bears. Don't second guess yourself - that's probably the biggest killer!
You're doing it right ZK! Just get down whenever you feel like you can't make the shot anymore.
This year I got down with a bear near the bait, it must not have bothered him too much since he followed me back to the bike trail! Ha!
Great one Brotsky! I had a young, long legged chocolate, rubbed, color phase that knew I was in the tree above the bait. I didn't want to shoot him, but every now and then he would walk over and pop his jaws a bit, then go back to the bait. I didn't really want to get down out of the tree while he was there, but much less after dark when I couldn't see. I tried to scare him away but he wasn't going to leave. It was getting darker so I finally tried to slide quietly down the tree to sneak out. He saw me and spooked a little then started following me out. I turned and charged him a little, which sent him scrambling. Needless to say I was looking back over my shoulder all the way out. I'd guess he thought I was another bear.
They certainly are a curious creature. I had one damn near come in my ground blind 2 years ago. It's a good thing he wasn't in the mood for what I had for breakfast being as it was then in my underwear :)
I've always stayed in the stand until there's no shooting light. If there's no bears, hit the road. If there's a bear on the bait, wait until your outfitter arrives with the quad/flashlight to get you and scares any bears off.
I'm hyper conscious of what may occur the following night re the bears. Bears are bears and a baited bear stand is what it is but the highly pressured, northern MI public land whitetail thing is always on my mind.
What would you do if you could see all night?
Nick stay as long as I could if legal but manitoba is one half hour after sunset
I leave when my arrow looks like this!!
I like to sit as long as possible. Some of my better bears came In the last 20 minutes of light. Hunt
Being as most bait sites I've sat on tend to be in pretty deep dense forest areas I usually have to give it up about 10 minutes after sunset as I can no longer see well enough thru the peep to feel comfortable with a shot. It always amazes me how much more light there is once you step out on the road or trail.
I slip out when I can't see well enough pick a spot to put my pin on...