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VFX_man
07-24-2012, 2:23 PM
So had a CA hunting question concerning Deer/Pigs -and- Archery/Rifle.

Whitetail hunting for me, was always a tree stand in the woods overlooking a field edge or cedar glade - both Archery and Rifle. Very little Still Hunting due to the leaves on the ground.

In CA, for deer and Pig . . . it feels like one might need to do still hunting or glassing/stalk for rifle. Archery, I have no idea.

Do hunters in CA use tree stands or more specifically the portable ground blinds? I guess if you can find a good game trail or watering hole they would work. But with the arid CA terrain, it seems like game is more scattered overall.

Any thoughts are appreciated.

Cheers!

tony270
07-24-2012, 2:38 PM
IMO most of us hunt using the spot and stock method from any vantage point, very few of us use
tree-stands but they do seem to be catching on. Still hunting is any form of hunting where the hunter waits for the deer to show or past through, hunting from a tree stand or anyplace that we can shoot the deer without stocking could be considered still hunting. Another form of hunting deer is the walk, spot, stock method, different than spot and stock.

just my 2cents...

mcmikeblues7
07-24-2012, 3:23 PM
IMO most of us hunt using the spot and stock method from any vantage point, very few of us use
tree-stands but they do seem to be catching on. Still hunting is any form of hunting where the hunter waits for the deer to show or past through, hunting from a tree stand or anyplace that we can shoot the deer without stocking could be considered still hunting. Another form of hunting deer is the walk, spot, stock method, different than spot and stock.

just my 2cents...

Still hunting is hunting while very slowly walking, pausing every 10 or 12 steps to watch. Very similar to the spot and stalk.

toby
07-24-2012, 3:32 PM
Spot and stalk or still hunting for me, sitting on my duff gets no rewards, why sit for and hour when you can walk a mile. Thats just the way I do it, but everyone has their different ideas.

tony270
07-24-2012, 4:23 PM
Still hunting to me is just as it implies, the animal isn't intentionally stocked from the spot the animal was spotted from.

Walk, spot and stock, spot and stock, and still hunting are 3 different methods of hunting.

jmonte35
07-24-2012, 4:27 PM
Depends.....

on private land....stands and blinds only...

on public land spot and stalk only except for the opener. I let others boot deer to me on the opener. I've got a pretty good recipe for success on the openers in Cali. Sometimes crowded public land has it's advantage.


Very simple reason....on public land I don't care about booting deer around.

On the private property I don't care if they don't happen to walk by my stand one day.....rather than spook deer off my hunting grounds.

I care more about keeping the deer on my property rather than being successful maybe once. I see 10 deer a sit now. I watched spikes play around and butt heads right below my stand last night. Unfortunately the big boys have turned nocturnal. They come out every now and again during the day...just gotta catch one slipping up.

tony270
07-24-2012, 4:29 PM
When you use binoculars to spot deer from a vantage point and then sneak up to it that's call a spot and stock. When you walked, stop, look, listen that's called walk and stock. And observing the animal from a stationary position and taking the shot is called still hunting. That's what I've always known them as being.

jmonte35
07-24-2012, 4:31 PM
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When you use binoculars to spot deer from a vantage point and then sneak up to it that's call a spot in stock. When you walked, stop, look, listen that's walk and stock. And observing from one spot or srand is still hunting. That's what I've always known them as being.

still hunting is the same thing as spot and stalk.........Stop calling it stock-stock is part of a gun or wall street BS.

Walk/stalk, spot/stalk, still hunting........oranges, tangerines, cuties....

pieeater
07-24-2012, 4:36 PM
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tony270
07-24-2012, 4:55 PM
I never said I was it in english major but you know what I meant. You showing your internet warrior bravery proves to me that your argument is weak.

dirtracer24
07-24-2012, 5:47 PM
I do hunt tree stands and ground blinds of the area shows promise that deer are going to walk by or hang out. Last year I found a bed area right next to a major tree highway and placed a treestand 25 yards away(15 acres of private land). But when I hunt big national forest I spot and stalk. Or creep and stalk or whatever you wanna call it. I walk around and look and listen.

lewdogg21
07-24-2012, 6:10 PM
I like Pie's method but can't do it where I hunt. I can sit for about 2 hours and then I get stir crazy. I use tree stands and tried a ground blind last year. I've seen a good number of deer on cams at my stand so I know those sob's come around. On public land it's maybe sit for a bit to watch an area but lots of still hunting.

When in doubt take a whizz and deer will come.

CSACANNONEER
07-24-2012, 6:20 PM
I've always just wandered around in the woods and come home with bucks. Some I've got while sitting still for 30 minutes or more. Some I've got while walking 100 yards an hour. Some I've got standing in the bed of a pick up while the driver put me in position and the passenger used a spot light. OK, that was with the aid of a deprevation permit in a field we used to farm pumpkins in. Now, it's a Home Depot in SLO.

VFX_man
07-24-2012, 6:24 PM
The definition that's out there for still hunting is not what I always thought it was. I know in the CA hunter safety class they defined still hunting as walking and stopping. Like this - http://www.nodakoutdoors.com/stillhunting.php

pieeater
07-24-2012, 6:39 PM
I like Pie's method but can't do it where I hunt. I can sit for about 2 hours and then I get stir crazy. I use tree stands and tried a ground blind last year. I've seen a good number of deer on cams at my stand so I know those sob's come around. On public land it's maybe sit for a bit to watch an area but lots of still hunting.

When in doubt take a whizz and deer will come.

But my favorite method of hunting.......

http://www.fototime.com/4E6EB6A4097C34B/standard.jpg

jmonte35
07-24-2012, 7:06 PM
I never said I was it in english major but you know what I meant. You showing your internet warrior bravery proves to me that your argument is weak.

:shrug: there's no argument....you just had three different names for basically the same thing....all involve moving and stalking deer.

spot/stalk- move around- find deer-get a shot
walk/stalk-move around- find deer-get a shot
still hunt-move around- find deer-get a shot

nothing to really argue I just think you didn't understand the term still hunting. Many think it means to stand still but it means to move slowly.

But yes you constantly using stock for stalk annoyed me...not sure why....I just corrected you.

C'mon you've been on Calguns long enough to have thicker skin than that....;)

jmonte35
07-24-2012, 7:11 PM
But my favorite method of hunting.......

http://www.fototime.com/4E6EB6A4097C34B/standard.jpg

That sir is called drive and stock....not to be confused with spot/stock or still hunting.....especially not to be confused with walk/spot/stock....which is a whole nother form all together.:43:

my favorite hunting too...

chris
07-24-2012, 7:25 PM
But my favorite method of hunting.......

http://www.fototime.com/4E6EB6A4097C34B/standard.jpg

That sir is called drive and stock....not to be confused with spot/stock or still hunting.....especially not to be confused with walk/spot/stock....which is a whole nother form all together.:43:

my favorite hunting too...

i've taken a few deer doing that. some i have woken up too and there he is. some i have taken walkin around. heck my friend stepped on one and i turned and shot him.

tony270
07-24-2012, 7:49 PM
I concede, but I know how to do it. and I've got thick skin and sharp elbows, Like some have wrote we have just walked around and jumped or busted them.

jmonte35
07-24-2012, 8:26 PM
I concede, but I know how to do it. and I've got thick skin and sharp elbows, Like some have wrote we have just walked around and jumped or busted them.

Yeah when we do pushes in NY many times you have to step on them before they move. I've had the **** scared out of me many times...

I haven't heard of many people doing pushes in Cali but it's just a totally different landscape where I'm from.

Hunter87
07-24-2012, 10:09 PM
But my favorite method of hunting.......

http://www.fototime.com/4E6EB6A4097C34B/standard.jpg

Shoot! Shoot! Oh sorry, get out and shoot! :43:

mif_slim
07-25-2012, 6:10 AM
I find a good hunting area which can be 100 yards away from dirt roads or miles from it then I treestand. But during the trip to and from, I still hunt.

DennisCA
07-25-2012, 1:04 PM
The Fred Barta method (Before he got sick) stalk and spook!
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_kJWY8TGGy9E/ShYu7o_fhYI/AAAAAAAAAzw/eSp45yBEy30/s640/TredBarta2.jpg

lewdogg21
07-25-2012, 3:18 PM
But my favorite method of hunting.......

http://www.fototime.com/4E6EB6A4097C34B/standard.jpg

add crown royale with coke for the epic roadhunting experience or coors light.

chicoredneck
07-25-2012, 5:19 PM
Last time I mixed road hunting with "encouragement", we ended up trying to subdue a pig with a broken leg in a ditch by hand.

dangerranger
07-25-2012, 6:44 PM
My grandpa used the dime novel method. He would find a good trail and look for a stump to sit on and read a book till a good buck showed up. My dad walked many miles. both were equily successful. Ive used both. DR

justjeff
07-25-2012, 6:58 PM
I like this guys method

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DeanW66
07-26-2012, 11:12 PM
i've taken a few deer doing that. some i have woken up too and there he is. some i have taken walkin around. heck my friend stepped on one and i turned and shot him.

I guess your friend deserved to be shot for stepping on the deer :chris::D.

westcoastr
07-29-2012, 5:17 PM
http://www.fototime.com/9E2CE6B6C7EE4DA/standard.jpg

http://www.fototime.com/1FDB8DD4E278B94/standard.jpg

http://www.fototime.com/2E1BD99218BF2B5/standard.jpg

^^this

DirtyDave
07-29-2012, 8:29 PM
I like this guys method

cWAXQUCv8qo

Someday i hope to kill something that requires an axe to butcher

Untamed1972
07-30-2012, 9:28 AM
Alot will be determined by the terrain and vegetation cover of the area you are hunting. Is it open ground, or heavier brush? Are there even trees to put a stand in? Is it steep or flat ground, etc. Just all depends.

Full Clip
07-30-2012, 10:10 AM
I've done some road hunting, but prefer to stretch my legs.
Regardless, I quickly learned that a good pair of binoculars was as valuable — maybe even more so sometimes — as a good rifle.
If you can't spot it, you can't stalk it.

180ls1
07-30-2012, 11:12 AM
I've gotta be moving around I can't stand sitting still in one area for a long time unless I hiked on top of a big hill and I'm glassing

mif_slim
07-30-2012, 12:56 PM
I like to hunt barren terrain with treestands. :D

mif_slim
07-30-2012, 12:59 PM
Specifically treeclimbers

Rusty_Buckhorn
07-31-2012, 10:41 AM
I think here in CA, as with most western states, you just have to do what ever it takes. I've never once sat in a tree stand, but I've taken lots of hogs and a few deer while sitting in a tree. Mostly I like to spot and stalk, if the terrain is open enough for glassing. If not, still hunting works for me. Unlike in the east, you're hunting big country, covering a lot of ground is essential.

spot and stalk=glass from vantage point, then stalk
still hunt=moving slowly, stopping often, use your ears when hunting this way.
stand hunting=sitting in a tree stand, ground blind, etc.