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I like to be in my stand and ready to hunt at least 30-45 mins before first light
 

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Before first light. That time changes every day.
 

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30-45 minutes before legal shooting time. This equals one hour to one hour and fifteen minutes before sunrise. Let the woods quiet down before it gets light.
 

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usually 45 min before first light but one time a buck I wanted would come into a field at 2 or 3am and stay in that field till day light, there was literally no way to get in there without spooking him so one morning I got in the stand at 1 am and got him that morning. I wouldn't do it again unless he would go in the record books.
 

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yah I blew em out in the dark yesterday... pretty sure it was the big mature doe that is always around
 

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Settled in at least an hour and a half before sunrise if not sooner. You can never be to early but a min to late may make a big difference. Just ask anyone who has ever missed a flight on a plane.
One of my brothers friends always spooked a buck he was after. One day he got into his stand at 3am and come legal time the buck was right there under his stand. Many times I have seen deer strolling under my stand at 5 ft if it wasn't for the light colored rocks I'd never have seen them. It told me to get further off the field.
 

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I get in stand at least an hour before 1st light or I try not to go at all. Don't like to blow up my spots. There is one spot that I've gotten in stand 2-3 hours before first light because the deer like to eat the last hour or so of darkness over there a lot.
 

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Saterday morning I was in my stand by 5:35, didn't get light enough to shoot till after 6:10.
Got to take my time and not sweat, and enjoy the peaceful morning in the stand in the dark for a while without worrying about seeing deer and making a shot.
 
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