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Going there too often - as little as two
or three times to set up and check a trail
cam - can chase deer away. Leave it be
and allow nature to reassure the deer there
that this is a safe place.
Try to avoid places that draw the company of other hunters. It's important to be
in the same area as other hunters, but try
to pick locations where deer heading to
you won't be cut off.

SUMMITS

Jacob Dingel

I prefer to set up in places where you
can't see 50 yards in most directions on
the ground. But once you ascend a tree,
you can cover a mountain's summit from
its south rim to the north slope. At such
a location, you normally can count on a
predominantly northwesterly breeze, and
if you're lucky farmlands in the valley in
front of you.
A rifle provides the coverage you need
to own the top of the mountain. But don't
go putting a field scope on a brush gun.
Use a wide-angle variable scope in the 1X
to 6X range. It's all you need to shoot out
to 75 yards in the woods, former Game
News editor Bob Bell told me about 35
years ago. Time has proved him right.
In your trying to cover a mountain's
summit, remember that shooting from an
elevated position should put your round
in the ground after it passes through a
deer. The only time it won't is if a deer
is walking the summit's rim. It's a shot
you should never take, because it could
conceivably go a long way.
Trying to cover a summit from the
ground is trickier, because you're hunting
high ground without a good backstop for
most shots you'll take. In this situation,
you're better off covering slope traffic on
the benches.
There are times when you're sitting
up top, listening to the shooting down the
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slopes, that you wonder whether you've
made the right choice. For sure, deer don't
always come up, for whatever reason. But
the top often is where deer head as hunters
work their way up the slope or out benches
in the dark to reach their positions.
A lot of opening day magic occurs on
mountain summits. But you must be able
to stomach the wind and be willing to
carry a tree stand to have the best chance.
Patience is a necessity for all deer hunters,
but even more so for the summit sitter.
But when you take your first mountaintop
deer, you'll be back for more.

BENCHES

I prefer to be just upslope of the
mountain bench I'm hunting, covering a
hemlock or laurel thicket. I like the two
benches before the top and hunting on
north slopes more because the wind's
normally in your face, not carrying your
scent downslope to climbing deer.
If you can see into the thicket you're
covering, it's better. But it still works if
you can't.
A bench stand is best approached off
the mountaintop, working slowly down
to the stand. You probably will need extra
time to do this, but if you're expecting deer
to be coming upslope, it's always better to
come in a way they normally don't.
A lot of times, just before first light,
you'll hear deer coming before you see
them. And if you at least hear them entering the thicket, you'll be ready for them
if they come out. And don't be surprised
to see deer early, they might be coming
up early because of hunter movements
in the dark. They might even cross the
mountaintop and come down to you.
If you can't use or carry a tree stand,
make a ground blind behind a fallen tree
or anything that hides your lower body
and allows movement. There are plenty of
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