This is the third part in a three-part series about being quiet during your hunt. The first installment focused on how to be quiet during the approach to your treestand. The second part discussed how to set up your treestand quietly. And now we will address how to stay quiet while in the treestand.
Is Your Treestand Quiet?
Hopefully before you climb onto your treestand, you have taken steps like those detailed in our previous post to make sure the treestand itself is quiet. If your treestand’s hinges make noise, it won’t matter how little you move while you’re in it. Remember, even the smallest sound is amplified in the forest.
You’ll probably be spending many hours in your treestand so you will need to bring some items along for safety, entertainment and sustenance. But make sure you accessorize and organize these items carefully.
Professional hunters recommend storing necessities in a cloth bag instead of a noisy plastic one. Hang the bag from a nearby tree limb for easy access with less movement. Don’t pack snacks with noisy packaging or sodas with pop tops. Watch how much liquid you consume though. Climbing down from the treestand can be noisier!
Easy Does It
Of course you can’t stay completely still for hours and hours in your treestand. Some movement is inevitable and unavoidable.
But you should try to keep your movements slow and deliberate while in a treestand. Keep your environment in mind when you move. Be careful not to snag your clothing on a tree branch as you move to avoid more unnecessary noise. This is particularly important if the game is on the scene and you’re reaching for your weapon.
Read the Previous Posts
There are many aspects to a successful hunt and keeping the noise down in your approach, when setting up your treestand and while in the treestand itself is important. Read the previous posts in this series by clicking the links below.