I always stand up to shoot from setting. It allows one to maintain proper form and to swivel more to address the animal, if needed as the animal moves from spot to spot. I would also expect that if one is hunting over a bait/water and they know the animal will be at a set point, setting might be the preferred position as one can set up for that predicted spot and shot.
We don’t normally get great trees around here. Typically when I see an animal approaching I’m getting up against the tree as tight as I can to minimize my profile. So that’ll be standing. I can’t remember getting away with sitting with a deer inside 20 yards
I will always stand to shoot, if possible. Things can happen and change in a hurry, and I feel I can maneuver/change positions in the stand, to possibly get where I need to be, if I’m standing. If I’m seated, I’m much more limited in what shot options I’ll be able to take.
Have killed deer from a sitting position and standing over the years. Most shots from a sitting position the last few years. I have a great swivel chair in my ground blind and a really nice study seats in my tree stands.
I can;t remember ever shooting a deer while sitting. I don;t sit much, except if I am on stand for more than 4 or 5 hours. But once it is light, I am usually standing. I feel like I am "blind" to what is happening behind me while sitting. THerefore I am constantly looking 360* when standing. If I happen to be sitting when I hear or see a deer, I immediately stand. Just feel more comfortable and can "track" the deer more easily while standing, especially for those difficult shots.
Over the years I have changed from always standing to sitting. Seamed like it was always windy when I'd have a shot and I was moving some standing up as well as the tree movement. Started sitting the last 8-10 deer and it is much more comfortable and I shoot turkeys sitting anyway so felt natural. Also there is so much less movement if you rest the bow on your boot toe. Lift ,draw and shoot
It's been 15 years since I hunted in a tree. All of my recent kills are while sitting on a stool ground level. When I hunted in a tree, I always stood when shooting. I adjusted my harness so I could lean out with the harness tight, supporting me. My body at about 30 degree angle to the tree, shooting down, keeping my body in the proper shooting form. Everybody said I was nuts.
I never used tree stands, except for climbers, and I stood to shoot from them. Most Of my shooting was from tripods for two reasons. First, I don’t do hang-ons, second, where I hunted in Central Texas there were no straight trees and very few trees at all. It was mostly brush and crooked, short mesquite. I first tried to stand, got busted a couple times, then started shooting while sitting. I was already doing that while in a pop-up so…….
I do sit in my stand and do practice from the sitting position but thinking back, most of my shots I were standing. I would rather be standing when one is coming in for sure. Generally, the last hour I'm in stand, I stand the whole time as that is when most of the activity is going to happen. If I'm rattling I'm always standing.
As I wait for deer to approach, I prefer standing. This allows for greater coverage around the tree with some twisting movements, without requiring the additional movement of standing. Commonly, I use the trunk of the tree as cover, placing it between me and the approaching deer, taking into consideration the expected direction of approach. During the rut, I stand exclusively, given the tendency of rutting bucks to be moving with a purpose.
I’ve killed probably 250 deer. I bet I was sitting for maybe 5 of them. I like to be able to move as the situation calls and I can’t do that sitting. I also stand 99% of the time I’m in the tree. If I’m sitting and a shot presents itself. I’ll take it.
1. Less movement, you're already sitting, this eliminates the movement of standing. 2. More stable, three anchor points (both feet, plus rear end), as opposed to two anchor points (both feet). 3. Less of a downward angle, thus eliminating the chance of a marginal shot.
Whatever it takes is what I do. But I wonder...for you guys that use tree saddles...are you sitting or standing? Seems like you'd kind of being doing both at the same time, right? You're sitting in your saddle, but standing on your peg or platform or whatever you call it.
Never shot a deer sitting that I can remember. I sit now much more than I used to, but I always stand at the first hint of deer movement. Actually surprised to know that a lot of guys shoot sitting down.
I've shot them sitting, standing, leaning and from behind.....doesn't make much difference to me because ya do what ya have to do to make a clean shot. That said...because I'm drawing right handed, I try to hang my stand approx 45 degrees offset to the path I "expect" the deer will take. This is so my right elbow will clear the tree behind me. I did go to a bigger platform hang-on (X-Stand Jester) that eliminated a lot of the elbow interference. I know some folks do not feel comfortable trying to stand and draw back. If I see a deer coming, I'll try to stand up before they get too close so I can have a better range of swinging for a shot if the deer doesn't follow the script.
Based on instincts and experience. If you feel he will go to your weak side stand. But do it early or know where other chances might be later. Look, in hunting it is meant to be or not meant to be. When it happens it seems like wow that was easy. But when it doesn't happen its like this impossible.
I'd prefer more of these advertisements than the popups at the bottom of the screen lol. I hunt the same farm for whitetails, and use all ladder stands at this point. Huge standing platform and a flip up seat. Because I typically set up my stand so I'm quartering away to my strong side, I tend to either take the easy shot sitting, or I stand and use the tree itself as cover.
I’ve shot most deer seated. I set up my stands this way on purpose as to shoot on my left or center on a predicted runway. I only stand if the deer is coming on my week side. Of course, I had to have a left handed son… Great for baseball, but setting stands has become a battle. :)
I have shot a few sitting. But 99% I stand up as soon as I see/hear a deer approaching. I'll make my shooter/non shoot decision while standing.
One of my earliest sitting shots I remember was out of the old wooden climber with metal band, where you bear hugged the tree to climb. No seat so I sat on platform with feet dangling below me. Deer came down and was passing me on my right. I leaned out over side of stand, twisted just my upper body, and made the shot. That was 30 years ago. Now age 50, doubt I have the agility to twist like that and pull it off.
Never have seats in my stands. My stands are small (very small) so I do not get noticed. A human standing hugging a tree is a lot less noticeable then a human sitting. Also it is a lot easier to turn to shoot standing. I would say I have spent 0% of the last 20 years sitting bowhunting. Maybe 1% of the 15 years before that I sat. I have taken about 100 deer with a bow zero shots sitting.
I let the situation dictate. I mostly sit while on stand to minimize movement. If I spot an animal well in advance and given the chance to stand without getting picked off, I’ll get up to shoot. Overall, I am probably 50/50. My last whitetail a couple of days ago I was sitting.
It is either for myself depending on the situation. Earlier in my years it had to be standing mainly because with two feet grounded you do have more leverage, however as I stand hunted even more I practiced shooting from a chair sitting, as well as kneeling, leaning etc. My muscles built up so I could finally draw straight with minimal movement in sitting position and I only drew when I wanted the animal to be in a stopped position for a clean shot or when he was behind a tree to walk or feed into shot position. I have taken several animals over the years with this method. The other thing I learned the higher up the better as the animals have become savy to tree stands but the key is line of sight angle at further distance for spotting any movements that you may take for granted because you are in a stand. I hope this helps from a young archery hunter since 1982. ??
I posted above that I do not shoot from a sitting position and that goes double when I am shooting my recurve bow because with a sharp downward angle shot, the lower limb of the recurve bow will hit parts of the stand/seat area.