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January 14, 2009, 07:39 PM
How far will you drive your 4-wheeler/ utv / horse / snowmobile... or whatever your means of transportation are... up to your stand?

When you park.. how far away is it usually?

January 15, 2009, 01:12 AM
Never closer than 100 yards for me. I'd say 200 - 400 yards is my average. I normally park my vehicle/ATV in the woods about 10 feet off of the paved (gravel) road and walk in from there.

January 15, 2009, 01:55 AM
I just walk in FAR IN but walk just the same...

January 15, 2009, 01:57 AM
I do not have a stand or a four wheeler.
Dont need a fourwheeler or a stand to hunt squirre, rabbit etc.

May need one for coyotes though.

January 15, 2009, 08:44 AM
If it's outta sight and down wind you can park as close as you want. In my area, critters are used to hearing all sorts of vehicles like tractors, cars, trucks and ATVs. Of coarse that depends on your route and when you do it. In a lot of areas it's no more disturbing that walking in with a light on. We used to coon hunt with ATVs and critters will just sit and watch you drive by.

January 15, 2009, 09:52 AM
We usually park a several hundred yards away, but within sight.

We often find large deer tracks over the tire tracks we made on the way in and often see deer around the vehicles.

If you are in an area with lots of human activity then the location of your truck won't have much if any influence. The same goes for scent and noise.

January 15, 2009, 10:39 AM
On the lease I hunted for a long time, it was about 2 miles to the stand. Usually get to the stand a couple of hours before sun up and park 100-150 yards away off the path, not road. Makes it real easy to haul out the kill too.

January 15, 2009, 11:02 AM
I walk in. My hunting area (I'm a ground hunter) is about 1/4 away from where we park. Not bad going in as its all down hill. Getting out however, is a bitch. Especially dragging a buck out....

There will be an ATV in my near future.

January 15, 2009, 11:27 AM
my idea.
fill a coffee can with motor oil and leave it by your stand year round. Deer won't otice a vehicle.

January 15, 2009, 11:37 AM
On my last hunting lease, I parked and sat in a seat on the back of my 4 wheeler which became my hunting stand. Deer in that area were much more spooked by human scent left on the ground when walking in than they were from vehicles.

January 15, 2009, 07:29 PM
Since the owner of the land that we lease does not allow atvs I park my truck and walk in. He says he does not want to hear them at the early morning hours around his house.

Brian Pfleuger
January 15, 2009, 07:32 PM
We have a parking spot that is 200 yards from our spot. We choose to park about 1/2 mile farther away and walk in, deer don't like the smell of cars in the woods.

January 15, 2009, 07:40 PM
When you park.. how far away is it usually?

Depends how far I want to walk.

Most of my hunting takes place on land that is closed to motor vehicles and I have to walk in----prefer it that way----I enjoy the walk and the peace and quite when I'm on stand.

January 15, 2009, 07:45 PM
Quote: "deer don't like the smell of cars in the woods."

Perhaps that depends on the location. Around here the deer are used to pickups, cars, tractors, etc. driving around the property all year round. They seem to be spooked more by man scent from walking on the ground than by driving in your vehicle and parking.

January 15, 2009, 08:31 PM
While I don't think the deer care than much about a parked truck I will admit that we usually walk a long way, not so much to get away from the truck but rather to lessen the chances of other folks being where we are.

January 15, 2009, 09:12 PM
City hunters that drive 4 wheelers all over the place looking for deer really pee off the real country hunters. Deer can hear a 4 wheeler for 47 miles. You got feet, use them.:mad::mad::mad::mad:

January 15, 2009, 09:24 PM
Get a Bad Boy Buggy and "they will never hear you coming"!
Awesomely quiet and no smell from exhuast, etc. Makes no noise and I have actually drove up to my climber and killed deer from my treestand with it parked next to my tree.

January 15, 2009, 10:33 PM
I don't have any private land to hunt so no ATV usage for me. Where I park depends on where I hunt. Sometimes, it's less than 100yds from my stand, others it's over 2 miles. But I killed one small buck when I wasn't more than 20yds up a tree from my truck...

Funny story...

I was hunting a particular WMA. I was parking in a standard parking area. I was new to the stata and the area. So i guess I was hunting some where close to where some ole boys have been hunting for years. I never saw them in the woods, but everytime I came out from my hunt, I would find something messed with on my truck. License plate bent up, wipers out, wiper blades removed, ect, but no other vehicle. So one day I decided to give up a hunt to see what/who was going on. I climbed less than 20 yds from my truck, but in good cover. Right smack at daylight, I hear a deer comming up from behind me. It was a buck with his head down, not really paying attention. Well he gets to within 15yds and then sees my truck and stops. Too close, he catches one in the chest. Shortly after, here comes a truck. The feller gets out, goes over to my truck and starts to mischief. I shoot an bludgon tipped arrow about 5-7 yds in front of him. I thought I gave the man a heart attack. We had a few words, and I told him where I was hunting. He thought I was in "his" spot. So he was comming up to the parking area, seeing my truck, and going home. I was over a mile in the woods. But anyway...that was long.

January 15, 2009, 11:13 PM
walk in. park anywhere from 1/4-1/2 mile from it. really no way to park right at it,or within sight of it. road is blocked with big rocks and in bad shape for driving on anyways.

January 15, 2009, 11:15 PM
armedtotheteeth.... This comes from someone who in a past post said they play there calls for predators out of the truck speakers.. and hunts out of your truck... ok with me... I think its good in fact.. but come on.. we are all country or we would not be huntin...:D

January 15, 2009, 11:50 PM
aint got a boom box loud enough to call in yotes. Also, .. we need to get of the damn ground so the ANTS DONT EAT US ALIVE!! SHooting from higher helps too.
We pretty much sit still for hours. Trucks are quiet. 4 wheelers are not.

January 16, 2009, 02:32 AM
Dont hunt from a stand, but its a 3 mile hike into where I camp for deer season. then another couple miles everyday during the season checking my favorite hidden mountain meadows.

January 16, 2009, 07:59 PM
On the state game management area I park at a closed gate and walk in, sometimes 100 yards and sometimes a half mile. But when I'm on private land I either walk from the house or get someone to drop me off near the woods. I don't like to leave a truck parked on the roadside. I have no use for 4 wheelers but if I ever win one at a raffle I'll just pick it up with the loader on the tractor and carry it around for show. :p

January 16, 2009, 10:00 PM
The last couple of deer that I killed I parked my truck, opened the gate and walked the 15 grueling yards to the old farm house, sit in the rocking chair and sipped coffee until I saw one I wanted. Man, you can't put a price tag on something like that.

January 17, 2009, 01:19 AM
I built a nice little structure about 30 yards from where I park and have shot deer for the last four years out of it. It overlooks a clearing that the deer cross back or forth from the feeding and bedding areas. If I park where the deer can see my vehicle, it stops them to get a good look at that thing that looks out of place and gives me more time to look them over. These deer are used to human smell and vehicles as they bed so close to the neighbors house that their dog starts barking when they start to stir in the late afternoon/early evening. Not exactly a wilderness hunt but the deer are big and fine eating, and I don't have a lot of time and money invested in a deer camp hunt. I will admit that I miss the old days of camping in the cold, chasing deep woods whitetails with a high power rifle, having a beer in the evening talking about the days hunt.

James R. Burke
February 23, 2009, 01:09 PM
We also have a parking spot for two of us about 200 yards away. Never had a problem. Seen deer a few times while having lunch in the truck.

Art Eatman
February 24, 2009, 11:12 AM
My understanding is that a deer's attention span is at most some twenty minutes. Absent a really loud and lengthy disturbance, most deer will resume normal activities whether a vehicle is around or not, after that twenty minutes--or maybe more, of course; I'm a pessimist--is past.

I'd figure that an older, trophy buck is gonna move away from any notable disturbance, and not likely return that day. Easing in quietly becomes far more important than when a person is merely meat hunting.

Vignette: One of the older hunters on our lease liked to park his car at a particular spot. He regularly collected a six-pointer there, year after year. One day he was late getting back to camp for lunch, so we went down to check on him. He was okay; he'd just dozed off, taking an unplanned nap.

And about fifty wild turkey hens were all around his car, with three or four on top of it.