Deer season is still months away, but it’s not too soon to scout your stands for opening day. You’ll need to consider such varibles as wind, height, concealment, and deer movement, a challenge that can seem overwhelming. Luckily the folks at Mossy Oak are quick to the rescue with these six tips to get you started.

Agagis Posts 2621Many hunters have questions about treestand placement. “How high do you go in the tree” is one of the most asked questions on the topic. Every situation is different and there aren’t any rules where there aren’t exceptions. However, there are some general practices that will help in most situations when placing a treestand.

1) Play the wind and thermal

Once you have your general area selected, pay heed to the wind and thermal current in the area. You want to remain downwind or cross-wind of where you think the deer will be. This is the most important of the six.

2) Place your stand high

Every situation is different, but, in most cases you’re best to place your stand as high as you can go in a tree without limiting your shot opportunities. If you’re uncomfortable with heights, go as high as you dare. Getting up the tree higher usually lets you see further, makes it harder for the deer to see you, and most importantly, your scent isn’t concentrated at their “nose level.”

3) Use the available cover

This kind of goes hand in hand with treestand height – in a bald tree you’re more likely to go higher than in a tree with good cover. Look for trees that lose their foliage late, clusters of trees, or trees with a “Y” in the trunk for concealment.

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