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noelg11892noelg11892 Posts: 265 Deckhand
Hey guys so I'm trying to get back into hunting and drew some tags, my issue is Im not great with heights so I don't like tree stands, and I'm not great at staying still so what I used to do is  a lot of spot in stalk down in Babcock, picayune, saw lots of deer but nothing legal. Now im back home in the Tampa area and was wondering fi any one has done spot and stalk to any success  in central/South Florida.

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  • Big MakBig Mak Posts: 3,389 Captain
    edited September 2019 #2
    Sounds like you're somewhat experienced and there are a couple guys on here that are spot and stalk specialists. I'm sure they will chime in shortly. 

    The short answer is that it can be very effective if you're disciplined enough to slow roll through the woods and do more looking than walking. Also, don't leave out hunting from a chair. Set in the right spot, you'll be surprised at what will walk by. 

    I used to sneak n peek around Bull Creek and 3 Lakes when I was younger but have gravitated more (almost exclusively) towards hunting from a well placed tree stand.

    One thing you need to be aware of is the danger associated with creeping through these crowded public WMAs. There are allot of googans that hunt public areas in FL, and there is always the slim, but real possibility of someone  shooting your ****, so wear your orange. I don't know how many times my buddies and I have caught some **** looking at us through their scope from 300 yards away. 
  • noelg11892noelg11892 Posts: 265 Deckhand
    I wouldn't say i'm terribly experienced but definitely not my first rodeo. Thats always been my only concern is other guys in the woods. By sitting in a  chair do you mean  almost like  a ground blind?
  • down4dacountdown4dacount Posts: 2,598 Captain
    I love spot and stalk , done it in almost all wma ive hunted from south to central (3lakes) area . how terrified are u about hunting from a 10' ladder , u really don't need to go that high . I personally love being 20 to 30' high on my climber in certain wma  . 
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  • Big MakBig Mak Posts: 3,389 Captain
    This guy ^ would  definitely be someone to listen to when it comes to killing deer in FL... 
  • MCSHunterMCSHunter Posts: 562 Officer
    I would agree with Mac, I have killed a pile of deer with my bow in Big Cypress by making myself a little cubby hole in strategic palmetto heads and waited for them to walk by. Shot a couple at five steps. Quite a rush, give it a try.
  • Florida BullfrogFlorida Bullfrog Posts: 3,181 Captain
    I quit going high in stands after an old worn out climber fell and threw me about 10 years ago 30 feet up a pine. 

    I like a comfy chair or laying prone with a rifle and a bipod. 
  • binellishtrbinellishtr Posts: 8,797 Admiral
    If U have never experienced a couple raccoons coming down a tree in the dark, the same tree you are climbing up, you haven't lived.
  • relicshunterrelicshunter Posts: 605 Officer
    If U have never experienced a couple raccoons coming down a tree in the dark, the same tree you are climbing up, you haven't lived.
    Yeah and they are tough to scare away when they think it's their tree.
  • gritsnhuntin1gritsnhuntin1 Posts: 1,181 Officer
    If U have never experienced a couple raccoons coming down a tree in the dark, the same tree you are climbing up, you haven't lived.
    Yeah and they are tough to scare away when they think it's their tree.
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  • gladesmangladesman Posts: 1,362 Officer
    If U have never experienced a couple raccoons coming down a tree in the dark, the same tree you are climbing up, you haven't lived.
    One guy I know in Big C got up in his stand one morning well before light; kept feeling stuff fall on him from above; couldn't figure what it was then the bear made a grunt or something - needless to say my friend exited downward post haste. True Story
  • gladesmangladesman Posts: 1,362 Officer
    One more tale from the swamp - Got to a special sitting log within 5 ft of a cabbage/pine island that was 1 1/2 miles off the road - probably 30 or more minutes before any crack of daylight. Sat down opened shirt to ventilate and wait on 1st light. Pitch dark new moon night with a 7:30 am major lunar period. Maybe 15 minutes go by and right behind me (maybe 10 ft I hear to great big critters make a racket (lots of crunching, palmetto stalks cracking) and 2 or 3 critters exit the island to the other side. I'm facing an opening to E then as gray light emerges hear them walking S and now know they're deer by water sounds. So I start to move S and greet them at a gap 40 yds away. Slight wind change sent them N before we met so I hi tailed it back to sittin' log and sat again. They got quiet and 10 min later they were N of me and coming across above me E'bound  thru another gap. Out came one trotting doe, then another stopping at about 80 yds. Got very pumped when the 2nd doe looked back (gooood feeling) and drew a nice big 4 point out to take the lead. Bottom line is some nerve racking things happen especially b4 daylight.
  • noelg11892noelg11892 Posts: 265 Deckhand
    gladesman said:
    If U have never experienced a couple raccoons coming down a tree in the dark, the same tree you are climbing up, you haven't lived.
    One guy I know in Big C got up in his stand one morning well before light; kept feeling stuff fall on him from above; couldn't figure what it was then the bear made a grunt or something - needless to say my friend exited downward post haste. True Story
    yup even less likely to use a tree stand now haha
  • zimmy4209zimmy4209 Ocala FloridaPosts: 987 Officer
    Most of my setups involve atleast 20 ft in the air but I have a 10 foot ladder stand that has become my most versatile stand I own  Alot lighter than any climber I've owned and setup is quicker and more quiet.  That being said I now even use my safety harness in the 10 foot stand. Didnt break any bones but hitting the ground at even 10 feet is enough force to kill someone. Be careful out there this year fellas 
  • meateatermeateater south flaPosts: 517 Officer
    got a few buddies that love to spot and spook    oops spot and stalk       blackpowder and general gun i will do it between 11 and 3     but most of the time in a stand      i will climb down and put on a stalk if i spot one outa range, archery except walking to and from my stand thats all the moving i do.  hard to sit still for 5 or 6 hours  i got friends who are getting outa stands by 8.30 am wandering around then complaining later bout the deer that busted them.  i always wear a orange vest and a orange hat during gen gun when walking around a public wma.   good luckdown4dacount said:
    I love spot and stalk , done it in almost all wma ive hunted from south to central (3lakes) area . how terrified are u about hunting from a 10' ladder , u really don't need to go that high . I personally love being 20 to 30' high on my climber in certain wma  . 
    you also are out hunting at 1 or 2 in the afternoon when its over 100 degrees and everyone else is at the campground chilling in the shade        i know this cause your the only guy i see when i say to myself i got the woods to myself      nope theres down for the count.    
  • FlatsMatt96FlatsMatt96 ChuluotaPosts: 1,221 Officer
    I used to make ground blinds out of natural material all the time. I got really good at it and agree, ground blinds can be very effective especially if you use natural materials.
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