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Tactics Treestands Whitetail

When Can You Hunt a Stand Again After Killing a Deer?

by Bill Winke   |  October 17th, 2011 5

I have shot a lot of does over the years, and that has given me the chance to watch how other deer relate to dead deer. I have also learned a bit about how long you have to wait to hunt the stand again.

Sometimes they show some alarm at first, but soon curiosity replaces fear when they come upon a dead deer. In fact, they can become so curious that the dead deer serves as an attractant. I even have a friend who will drag a dead doe to a spot 25 yards upwind from his blind or treestand to entice other does to offer a shot as they come into the field. Of course, this only works in areas with a high deer population where the hunters need to apply heavy pressure to keep the numbers down. Mature bucks don’t seem this curious.

The impact to your hunting area isn’t the result of killing the deer, but rather is the result of recovering it – or at least it can be. As long as you have an efficient way to recover the deer you kill, you can go back to hunting the stand quickly.

The key is to keep the recovery down to one quick, quiet effort. Sneak out after you kill the deer by the same route you would use if you didn’t shoot one and wanted to hunt the stand again the next day. Drive in with a four-wheeler or vehicle later and get as close to the deer as possible. Drag it to the vehicle and toss it in without any noise or talking. Just get in and get out quickly and without much disturbance and the deer are likely to accept that activity more readily than if you make a bunch of noise.

The worst case occurs when the deer travels a long way before dying and you have to trail it through a big part of your hunting area. That is about the only time I feel like I am doing a large amount of damage to my stand area as a result of shooting a deer from that stand.

  • Damien

    What about field dressing the deer, would that affect it one way or another as to how long to wait to hunt that stand?

  • Don

    I'm curious about that too….arrowed a spike buck yesturday, dragged it out and was wondering how long till the area is ok to hunt again

  • marcus

    I shot a nice 5 pointer and he bled alot. I didnt drag him because i have a deer cart. But i took him about 50-75 or maub even 100 or so away to field dress him… I havent been back in about 2-3 days. I wonder if the blood will keep other deer from my stand?? Especially if the Coyotes have been in the area smelling the blood.. Anybody's opinion her information on this would be very helpful to me I really don't have that many options as far as treestands so should I go to another stand and give that 1 at least a week or would it be okay to hunt

  • AJ

    I shot and missed a mature buck can I go back and hunt the same ground
    Blind. Aj

  • Evan

    So here is my predicament. I shot a real nice 8 point the other day and it dropped on the spot because I paralyzed him. I had to put him out of his misery so I shot him again. Blood is all over my spot so I just field dressed him close to the area and threw it all in the lake. There is still an adequate food source there (corn and apples) so my question is how long should I wait to go back to that spot, I need to fill my doe tags and this is my only spot. I was thinking 2 weeks… we just had a minor shower yesterday so I was hoping the vultures (they were already circling the area while I dressed him) got the guts and the rain washed most of the blood scent away… Any suggestions or past experiences with this?

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