1 – Bring plenty of food and water.
I like to eat, so for me this typically includes two turkey sandwiches and a couple of candy bars. Don’t forget water, even if you aren’t moving much your body still needs to stay hydrated. Bonus Tip: I like to un-wrap all my goodies before I go out and put them in a zip-lock baggy because the baggy is much quieter than the crinkly wrappers.
2 – Bring entertainment.
This can be anything from your smart phone, tablet, camera, book, etc. Personally, I like the classic handheld football game or Yahtzee, as the batteries last much longer than the one in my smart phone.
3 – Stay warm!
Having hunted many years in Northern Wisconsin, this is the toughest battle to face during long sits. The keys for me lasting on stand during the cold November days have been a great layering system and lots of hand warmers. I’ll let you in on a little secret, during gun season my uncles, cousins, brother, and I all take a sleeping bag or blanket out to the stand with us. It’s amazing how warm your entire body stays when you slip into a sleeping bag boots and all. Adding suspenders helps keep the bag up when you stand.
Layering is KEY for enduring long sits. HuntGuard is waterproof and windproof and was tested and certified by Kansas State University to -94˚ degrees Fahrenheit! Needless to say, this system was built for all-day sits in the cold.
4 – Don’t be afraid to move.
Switch up your view by switching stands. It’s a nice change of scenery and it’s sometimes a good strategy especially if the wind switches. I recommend sitting in travel corridors between food and bedding in the morning move into the thicker stuff mid-day, and feeding areas during the afternoon.
5 – Continuously visualize that buck of a lifetime.
Imagine that giant buck walking through and putting the perfect shot on him. This helps you stay positive and excited for the unknown.
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