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Things I found out while Whitetail hunting (from a Muley guy)
Author: Jason Peak
Groups: Tribe Stories
Categories: Hunts
Dec 16, 2013

This year was my second time hunting whitetails out of a tree stand, and I was lucky enough to once again hunt during the rut in Kansas.  Either I missed out on a bunch of details or I was preoccupied with the brand new experience the first time around, but whatever the reason I have a new respect for folks that hunt stands in late-November.

My fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Osborne, made us play “What I learned today…” at the end of every school day.  Here is what I would have told her about last week:

1.  Cardinals and squirrels sound like giant deer making their way toward your stand.


Heart-stopper only because he is louder than you would think.

2.  Educate your wife about scent control and politely ask her not to worry about washing your hunting clothes.  A weekend of meticulous planning and care can be ruined with one dryer sheet.

3.  A regular sandwich bag cannot hold the contents of an adult bladder.  Plan accordingly.


Plenty of room for an all-day sit.

4.  Your release lightly tapping against the ladder of your stand while climbing up before first light is the loudest sound on Planet Earth.

5.  Pulling a 70-pound bow in September, no matter how awkward the position, is significantly easier than drawing the same weight in single-digit temperatures.

6.  Hiking up 30-degree shale slopes to gain 1,500 feet in elevation isn’t nearly as scary as climbing 15 feet up a ladder to sit in a stand.


Stairway to clenched cheeks.

7.  There are times when you get so cold that you wish Han Solo would ride by on a tauntaun, see you shivering on stand, and cut that beast open for you to crawl into just to get warm.

8.  Sight your bow in at five yards.  Seriously.

This arrow buried in the dirt seven steps from the base of my stand.

9.  Kegel exercises, when performed correctly, warm your whole lower body.

10. Tagging out on a smart, old whitetail makes all the quirky things about hunting them even more enjoyable.


The details made this just as memorable as the end result.


Comments
Great job on a nice whitetail buck! I agree...the only reason to carry a plastic zip lock bag is either for your lunch or a whitetail's tenderloins, heart & liver!
Posted by Rick Stanish on Mar 7, 2014 3:59 PM
I laughed out loud several times reading this. Funny stuff! Congrats on the nice buck. Kegel exercises, Ha!
Posted by Brent Cherry on Feb 15, 2014 12:23 AM
Adapt and overcome Peak! Nice work as usual. And yeah, I agree with Nathan..."just let it fly"!
Posted by Luke Johnson on Jan 23, 2014 4:53 PM
Good read ! I use to carry a bottle to relieve myself in...but now I just let it fly ! I've never had a bad experience doing this and deer don't acknowledge it !
Posted by Nathan Killen on Dec 19, 2013 7:45 PM
Great work, Jason! I've experienced all of these things first hand over the years as I've hunted whitetails up here in WA. Definitely not as easy as I had expected growing up as western hunter.
Posted by Jon Gabrio on Dec 19, 2013 12:29 PM
Well done bro!
Posted by Chad Bell on Dec 16, 2013 9:00 PM
The large ice bag cloth with screw on lid works great . Die it black or any color you may like
Posted by Eric grant on Dec 16, 2013 6:23 PM

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