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Caught Sleeping

I love to bow hunt, but it seems like every time I go out when nothing is moving around I end up taking a little nap. I always wonder if a big buck wandered under my stand while I was napping. 

I'm curious 
What others do to keep the Z monster off of there back when nothing is moving?
Have you ever fell asleep only to wake up to a buck walking just out of shooting range walking away from you?

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 I have never fallen asleep in my stand, sounds like a real great way to end up hanging from your harness (I sure hope you wear one).  Though I don't sit all day either, usually a few hours in the morning, then I go home and take a nap, then I get back out there in the evening before the deer start getting active and sit for a few more hours.

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Ive fallen asleep in the goose decoys a few times only to wake up with ducks or geese sittin in the dekes. Never in a tree stand though

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The thrill of the hunt usually keeps me awake, I guess try drinking some energy drinks or coffee. Like Walleye said Sitting in a tree stand and falling asleep sounds like a great way to end your hunting for good.

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I would also say that none of my treestands are comfortable enough for me to fall asleep in. Goose blinds however can become quite cozy hehe

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johnr Said:
The thrill of the hunt usually keeps me awake, I guess try drinking some energy drinks or coffee. Like Walleye said Sitting in a tree stand and falling asleep sounds like a great way to end your hunting for good.

Do not drink too much coffee before you sit in your stand! Having to tinkle when your in your treestand is not a good feeling!

Usually there are enough birds and squirrels around to keep me occupied when im sittin. In fact I had to swat a squirrel with an arrow this weekend several times because it would not leave me alone. Sittin in the stand is also a good time to deeply think about life and such, much akin to sitting on a toilet.

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Wags86 Said:
I would also say that none of my treestands are comfortable enough for me to fall asleep in. Goose blinds however can become quite cozy hehe

Sounds like you need an upgrade!! I finally bought a real nice ladder stand this year. It's like sitting in an elevated lazy boy!! All I have had before was the cheap hang on stands....the seats on those things are horrible!

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Go afield with a good attitude, with respect for the wildlife you hunt and for the forest and fields in which you walk.  Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. It will cleanse your soul and make you a better person. -Fred Bear-
 

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Which ladder stand did you end up going with? Price? thanks 

odocoileus Said:

Wags86 Said:
I would also say that none of my treestands are comfortable enough for me to fall asleep in. Goose blinds however can become quite cozy hehe

Sounds like you need an upgrade!! I finally bought a real nice ladder stand this year. It's like sitting in an elevated lazy boy!! All I have had before was the cheap hang on stands....the seats on those things are horrible!

 

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I bet I sleep for a good 20 min, sometimes more, everytime I bow hunt. I mostly sit in ground blinds though. I don't know what it is when I get in there I just get tired and have to take a nap. Never woke up to a shooter, but a couple times in the year I'll wake up to deer in the pile.

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You mean something like this......


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taylorman_55 Said:
Which ladder stand did you end up going with? Price? thanks 

odocoileus Said:

Wags86 Said:
I would also say that none of my treestands are comfortable enough for me to fall asleep in. Goose blinds however can become quite cozy hehe

Sounds like you need an upgrade!! I finally bought a real nice ladder stand this year. It's like sitting in an elevated lazy boy!! All I have had before was the cheap hang on stands....the seats on those things are horrible!

I got the rivers edge oasis.  Its 17' tall and has a really nice mesh seat and backrest that flips up if you need to take a standing shot. So far it has been great. Really comfortable, my glutus maximus has already thanked me for this purchase!!. I paid around 150 for it. You can get it cheaper online, but shipping can get spendy. Its not a super fancy high end treestand, but for under 200 dollars, can't go wrong.

http://www.huntriversedge.com/foundations/store/storepage.asp?page=Oasis

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 Guilty as charged. 


 

 

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i have a little handheld blackjack and poker game. no sound. helps kill time once you are settled in and waiting for primetime.

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Haven't gotten into bow hunting but have dozed off in the vehicle during very cold days on the ice and woke up to a flag or two up. I also doze off and dream of flags going up and jump awake even at home.

I dont go around guessing cup sizes either I just know a nice rack when I see one.

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Seasons, you can get plenty of game apps for you cell phone to pass the time providing you have a smart phone. 

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thanks. but still old school.

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One of my coworkers just fell asleep in the cubilcle next to mine....hehe he's snoring. Now i gotta think of a way to mess with him.....hmmmmm decisions....

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 games on the smart phone, I put them on there for the kid in the blind, but when he takes a break I find myself playing them. I have heard temple run is addicting, but can not get it on my windows based phone.  

*edit* sorry just saw someone else suggested this, must be time for an upgrade if you are still old school. 

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Looks like I don't have a lot of company on this one... I started using a mirror ground blind a couple of years ago and I have found that they make for a fun challenging hunt. It works great, but it's not very tall so I end up laying on the ground behind it because I can't kneel for hours on end and I have to crouch if I sit on a stool. Usually I don't have a hard time staying awake, but when I put on my winter gear it's like I'm in a great big sleeping bag. That was the case last December and that coupled with the fact that I typically don't see anything in the morning made me think that a short nap wouldn't hurt... besides, I had an hour before I was going to have shooting light. Well that hour felt like 5 minutes and when I openned my eyes I could easily see my pins. I slowly rose up to peak over my blind and there about 100 yards out was a dark object coming my way fast- I was hunting a bedding area on the edge of a cut bean field which was flat and open for over 400 yards. I grabbed my binoculars and wouldn't you know it... the 5x5 that I had been chasing all year was coming down the trail that crossed the fence 15 yards from my blind. He's easily 160" and I felt like a total fool at this point because he had covered over 300 yards wide out in the open while I was sleeping. My bow was still lying in the grass right where I put it before my nap. By the time that I got an arrow ready my dream buck was standing at 20 yards trying to figure out what I was. I drew back facing south and tried to swing across to the north where he was standing, but I was too close to the blind. As I tried to adjust my arm to allow the bow to pass between me and the blind I was unable to adjust my rear arm and the cam came over center slamming my arrow into the back of the blind. He stopped to look back 5 times as he trotted away... probably wondering what in the hell just happened... pretty much the same thing that I was thinking. I can still picture all the events like they just happened yesterday... so at least have that, right?... I figure that I have to always make good out of bad!

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triit26 Said:
Looks like I don't have a lot of company on this one... I started using a mirror ground blind a couple of years ago and I have found that they make for a fun challenging hunt. It works great, but it's not very tall so I end up laying on the ground behind it because I can't kneel for hours on end and I have to crouch if I sit on a stool. Usually I don't have a hard time staying awake, but when I put on my winter gear it's like I'm in a great big sleeping bag. That was the case last December and that coupled with the fact that I typically don't see anything in the morning made me think that a short nap wouldn't hurt... besides, I had an hour before I was going to have shooting light. Well that hour felt like 5 minutes and when I openned my eyes I could easily see my pins. I slowly rose up to peak over my blind and there about 100 yards out was a dark object coming my way fast- I was hunting a bedding area on the edge of a cut bean field which was flat and open for over 400 yards. I grabbed my binoculars and wouldn't you know it... the 5x5 that I had been chasing all year was coming down the trail that crossed the fence 15 yards from my blind. He's easily 160" and I felt like a total fool at this point because he had covered over 300 yards wide out in the open while I was sleeping. My bow was still lying in the grass right where I put it before my nap. By the time that I got an arrow ready my dream buck was standing at 20 yards trying to figure out what I was. I drew back facing south and tried to swing across to the north where he was standing, but I was too close to the blind. As I tried to adjust my arm to allow the bow to pass between me and the blind I was unable to adjust my rear arm and the cam came over center slamming my arrow into the back of the blind. He stopped to look back 5 times as he trotted away... probably wondering what in the hell just happened... pretty much the same thing that I was thinking. I can still picture all the events like they just happened yesterday... so at least have that, right?... I figure that I have to always make good out of bad!

Thats rough!! How do you like the mirror blind? Have you stuck one out of it yet?

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Go afield with a good attitude, with respect for the wildlife you hunt and for the forest and fields in which you walk.  Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. It will cleanse your soul and make you a better person. -Fred Bear-
 

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Ive dozed but I dont like being stuck in a tree. Its a lot less dangerous snoozing in a ground blind or in the grass next to a trail.

 

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Wags86 Said:
One of my coworkers just fell asleep in the cubilcle next to mine....hehe he's snoring. Now i gotta think of a way to mess with him.....hmmmmm decisions....

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I always take a little nap while elk hunting.  I've woke up to a few crazy things.  Once I woke up and had a strange feeling.  I sat up to see a griz and her two cubs about 300 yard away walking right to me.  I only had enough time to put on my backpack and move off the trail 30 yards as they walked by. 

Another time Nikki and I awoke from a nap as the wind switch to the smell of something rotting.  After about a 5 min search nikki said sweet I found a big bull dead.  I ran over and noticed it had just been buried by a griz to snack on later.  It was a good bull but Nikki wouldn't let me cutt the head off.  All the while we had been sleeping about 50 yards from it.

Yet another I awoke and wanted to find out the time.  I turned my cell phone on and as it made noise a bull about 40 yards away heard it and ripped out a bugle. I had forgot to turn it to silent when I shut it off.  Never got that bull either.

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I fall asleep quite often in the tree.  It is amazing how a guy keeps his balance up there.  I have a harness so I really don't worry about it.  Seems like any little movement or sound wakes me right up.  No fancy phone for me to play games on. I just can't make myself take the plunge and spend that extra $30 a month, but I can see how that would help if you had one.


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Years ago and before harnesses I did a couple of times.  Once I worked all Friday night night-lighting ducks.  The next day I got into my stand at about 4:00 pm.  I started to doze off so I wedged myself into a split limb so I would not fall.  Sure enough I woke up to a buck standing at 32 yards.  I stuck him without looking around.  The second the arrow hit him a much larger buck run out from behind a tree ten yards in front of me.  It headed down the trail and 200 yards later my hunting partner stuck him.  I guess all is well that ends well, but I sure would have liked the buck he got. 

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hunttomuch Said:
I always take a little nap while elk hunting.  I've woke up to a few crazy things.  Once I woke up and had a strange feeling.  I sat up to see a griz and her two cubs about 300 yard away walking right to me.  I only had enough time to put on my backpack and move off the trail 30 yards as they walked by. 

Another time Nikki and I awoke from a nap as the wind switch to the smell of something rotting.  After about a 5 min search nikki said sweet I found a big bull dead.  I ran over and noticed it had just been buried by a griz to snack on later.  It was a good bull but Nikki wouldn't let me cutt the head off.  All the while we had been sleeping about 50 yards from it.

Yet another I awoke and wanted to find out the time.  I turned my cell phone on and as it made noise a bull about 40 yards away heard it and ripped out a bugle. I had forgot to turn it to silent when I shut it off.  Never got that bull either.

Ya out in the Badlands I have taken quite a few snoozes after the morning glassing is over.  Sometimes don't want to huff it out of the hills back to camp so just say heck with it and find a nice sunny out of the wind area and tip the forward. 

Man, that is some great sleep!


 

 

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