Text and Photo by Bob Humphrey
Treestand hunting is the most common method for bowhunters. An elevated perch offers greater visibility, allows you to move in the presence of deer and helps with scent-control.
Bowhunting on the ground is more difficult, but it certainly is not impossible. Following are the advantages and factors to consider for optimal success.
When hunting on the ground, you can change locations with a minimum of effort. You can also make a quick switch to still-hunting or stalking deer.
• Ground Blind
If you choose to sit still, a ground blind may be advantageous. You can fashion a makeshift blind from vegetation and fallen branches or camo cloth. As an alternative, you can use a portable pop-up blind. In either case, it’s a good idea to set up your blind well in advance of when you hunt so that the deer can become accustomed to it.
This is even more critical when hunting on the ground. Be meticulous with your odor—suppressing soaps, sprays and clothing—and always be mindful of the wind.
• Camo Clothing
This is also of great importance, particularly if you are not using a blind. Camo can be enhanced by wearing a 3-D “leafy” suit.
Always move slowly, and try to move when game is distracted or looking away.
Strategies, Advantages for Ground Success
• Consider a ground blind
• Be mindful of scent-control and wind direction
• Wear camo
• Move slowly