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Survey: On foot or in the trees

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I like to hunt on foot (still hunt).

I recently had a discussion about bow-hunting with someone who claimed that the Eastern Whitetail could't be bagged while 'still hunting', espescially the NJ variety.

He believes that the treestand at least 18 feet up is the best way and the ground blind a distant second. He also mentioned that NJ whitetails are 'spookier' than any other state because of their proximity to people. I call BS.

I'm sure there are several bow-hunters in NJ that have bagged bucks or does while on foot.


1) do you limit yourself to the trees?

2) afraid of heights - stay on foot?

3) do both?
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Ground blinds and still hunting can be very effective in certain situations. I remember a hunt a few years ago during the rut. My friends father had just put down a buck. we field dressed it and were dragging the buck out through an overgrown field that we have to go through to get to our stands. On the way out we heard a deer crash through the brush ahead of us and then stop after only a few yards. We moved forward to a 15 yard opening and set up. We could see three different bucks through the brush feeding. The largest was a big eight who was bedded down with a doe. My friends father started to grunt at the deer and they became very interested making their way to the opening. Well to make along story short the smaller eight made his way into the opening and didnt go far after that. I was totally in the open when I shot and I drew when the buck was still a few feet from the opening. You can definately harvest deer from the ground. It just takes patience and good secent control.
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