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The Ultimate Deer Hunting Treestand Quiz
OK, you have hunted from a treestand for years and think you have it wired. After all, you see deer every year and even shoot a decent buck now and then. Our quiz is designed to test your skill as a big-time treestand deer hunter.
The following 13 questions range from easy-as-pie to hard-as-heck. Answer every question correctly, and consider yourself a true treestand master! Get 10-13 right, and you’re good, but are still making a few mistakes. Between 6-10 right answers means you shoot a few deer but are missing out on some even better deer hunting. Less than 6 right? Maybe you should take up croquet.
The answers are on the next page. After you mark down your answers for all the questions, click the next page to find out if your hunting gear needs a wood chipper or not.
Most does in your area are in estrous. During a quick scouting trip you find a line of large scrapes. How should you hunt them?
A. Set up 40 yards downwind of the largest deer scrape, and sit all day.
B. Doctor the largest deer scrape and hunt it in the afternoon only.
C. Keep scouting and deer hunt someplace else.
B. Run a scent from the largest to the smallest scrape, and set a treestand along this path.
It’s November, the bucks are moving, and you plan on sitting all day long. What do you need to eat for breakfast to stay warm dawn until dark?
A. Candy and granola bars for quick energy.
B. Carbohydrate-rich foods such as pancakes, waffles, or peanut butter toast.
C. Protein-rich food like eggs, bacon, and sausage.
D. Nothing, you are on a diet and don’t want to gain weight during deer season.
The rut is peaking, and the morning is clear and cold with a heavy layer of frost and light breeze. Which is the best stand to hunt this morning?
A. The downwind edge of a doe bedding area.
B. The downwind fringe of a traditional buck bedding area.
C. A big scrape along the edge of a food plot.
D. The edge of a heavily-used food plot downwind of a deer trail.
You’re planning to take a full week of vacation to hunt deer this fall. How many good tree stand sites should you have scouted out, trimmed, and pre-set by summer?
A. Seven: one for each day.
B. At least a dozen, so that you have several good options for each wind direction.
C. Only a handful of really good ones, because that’s all the treestands you own.
D. One screamer treestand site is all you need – you know you’ll kill a buck here and this way you don’t disturb the rest of the farm.
You are bowhunting, and a big buck has walked right under your stand. Where do you shoot him?
A. Shoot to the side of the spine and try to pass through one lung.
B. Shoot straight down, aiming for the spine to break his back.
C. Wait until the buck begins walking away, then aim for a spot right between the shoulder blades.
D. Wait until the buck starts walking and turns slightly, then try to shoot through his liver and into the chest cavity and lungs.
Bucks are chasing hard, and you want to try using a deer decoy for the first time. How should you set the decoy up for maximum effectiveness?
A: Use a small buck only, and place it 10 yards from your treestand, facing right at you.
B: Use a doe only, and place it 20 yards from your treestand, facing right at you.
C: Use a small buck only, and set it up 35 yards from your treestand, facing right at you.
D: Use a doe and small buck together, the doe angled 45 degrees away from you, with the small buck placed with his nose almost directly on her tail, about 25 yards away.
The morning is still and you are planning to hunt near a large crop-filled valley bordered by timbered hills and ridges. Where should your stand be set for the first hours of the morning?
A. Halfway up the slope.
B. In a saddle at the top of the hill.
C. The bottom of the valley.
D. The top of the valley.
You’ve just located a hot stand site near a doe bedding thicket, and you need to set a stand and get after it. How much should you trim?
A: Trim your normal amount so you can have plenty of open shooting lanes.
B. Trim only low-lying limbs in your tree, leaving the upper limbs for cover.
C: Leave all the limbs in your tree, but trim adequate shooting lanes on the ground.
D: Try not to trim anything at all.
It is the peak of teh rut and bucks are chasing all over the top of a ridge used by does as a bedding area. What should you do?
A. Set up along nearby trails so you can catch the bucks as the travel to the bedding area.
B: Hunt nearby fields in the afternoon so you can avoid disturbing this sensitive deer sanctuary.
C. Hunt the ridge but keep all your movement and your stand location on the downwind edge.
D. Hunt the very center of the bedding area so the deer are sure to be within range.
It is early in the season and you have observed a small bachelor group of good bucks coming to feed in a green field. What should you do?
A. Only hunt them in the evenings near the field edge when the wind is blowing from the woods into the field.
B. Hunt near their bedding areas in the morning.
C. Set a pop-up ground blind out in the soybeans and try to ambush them in the afternoon.
D. Take their picture and hope you can find them during the deer rut.
It is day one of your week-long rut hunt. Which stand should you hunt first?
A. A treestand overlooking the area of high deer activity but is hard to hunt without being detected.
B. A ground blind on the edge of a large crop field that affords a large field of view but minimal shot potential.
C. A tree stand overlooking an area that has some activity but is easier to hunt without being busted by swirling winds.
D. In the middle of a treestand of big timber set between a crop field and bedding thicket.
The rut is on, and you are hunting an unfamiliar property for the weekend. Nobody can help you with current deer movement patterns, but aerial photos are available. Where should you set up first?
A. Along a large agricultural area where you can see maximum country.
B. In a ridge top saddle that could act as a funnel between two bedding thickets within a short distance of a large food plot.
C. A small island of woods set 100 yards from the main woods in the middle of some CRP grass.
D. Along a brushy creek channel winding its way between fields of soybeans and alfalfa.
Many bowhunters today use a laser rangefinder to take readings directly to either the deer or select trees or bushes from their stands. If you do and shoot the exact distance the rangefinder tells you, and the rangefinder does not have an angle compensating feature built in, what will happen?
A. You will shoot a bit low.
B. You will shoot dead on the money.
C. You will shoot a bit high.
D. You will shoot a bit to the side, depending on the wind and angle of the sun.