About High Seat
Humans have been trying to get at their quarry from above ever since they learned to hunt. Over time, the high seat evolved from a few sticks across two horizontal branches to high-tech American tree stands or permanent blinds the size and comfort of a third-world house, but whatever the shape, it is an inalienable part of most known hunting traditions. An elevated position gives you a commanding view and carries your smell over the animals' nostrils, which is especially useful in places where the birds and beasts are most wary. Some hunters despise hunting from a stand, thinking it is too easy. In reality, it's harder than it seems, and has its share of complications, challenges and even risks. Read more...
Most big-game animals rely on their sense of smell to avoid predators, especially in areas that they can't avoid, and where they know the level of danger is greatest, such as waterholes and concentrations of good food. But if you can get about three meters (approximately 10 Feet) or higher above the ground the winds carry the hunter's smell over the quarry's noses, and the chances the animal will smell you decrease dramatically or at least fools them into thinking you are further away and less of a threat. This is especially valuable for hunting with a bow, or areas where only short-range weapons are allowed. The most common type of a high seat is a tree stand, either a production model, or an improvised construction built on the spot out of logs and sticks. Such stands can be put up or moved at short notice depending on animal movements, where the bait was laid, travel routes or where the animals are visiting the food sources. Where there are no trees available, some outfitters place their hunters above ground on tripods, tepee-like constructions of long poles with a seat on top, or similar designs that look like oversized folding chairs. Permanent high seats are erected in places where you can hope to see game year after year, like a waterhole, a food plot, or even an artificial feeder. Hunting from a permanent high seat is an ancient tradition in many European countries. You can't drive through the German countryside, for example, without seeing a few of them on the edges of fields and forests. One of the main reasons for their abundance is the interests of public safety. A permanent stand acts as a warning sign, telling the general public where a hunter may be, and the windows for shooting are positioned so that no houses, roads, etc. are in the firing line. In addition, the bullet that is fired from an elevation downwards will soon strike the ground rather than travel well over the horizon and hit an unseen an unintended target. The biggest challenge of hunting from a stand is that they’re usually positioned in localities where animals expect danger and are most wary. Even in predator-free Western Europe the roe and boar have seen danger come from high seats for centuries, and learned to adapt. The animals have a problem smelling you when you're above the ground, but they still can, and any noise you make is carried even farther. You must act as if you’re not there at all - no smell, no movement, and above all no sound. The hardest thing in it, for novices at least, is that you must exercise equal caution when the quarry is near, and when it looks and feels that there isn’t a single living thing in the ten-mile radius. That may be exactly when the object of the chase is making up its mind whether to come into the open or steal away. Keeping still and silent may be the biggest challenge of your life - like, when waiting for a bear over a Russian oat field, perched on a typical improvised stand made of planks nailed to a tree and surrounded by a cloud of mosquitoes. But even in a comfortable permanent stand any careless move will cost you your chance. Shooting from a high stand has its complications too. It's said that a miss is in your head, and at no time is a hunter is so likely to miss as when they are overconfident and feel their quarry is as good as in the freezer. This is precisely the illusion that many outfitted high seat hunts will give you - but your trophy will remain illusory unless you do your job. And don't forget that a miss from a stand usually means the hunting is over - few animals will approach the spot after this obvious warning of danger. Last but not the least, surprisingly many hunters forget to allow for elevation when taking aim, and hold for the same spot as if they were on the same plane with the animal. This may cause the bullet or arrow to pass below the vitals and only wound the animal. You must imagine the path where you want the bullet to travel then exit and compensate your aiming point accordingly. Caution is needed when you get up the stand, and especially as you get down. And especially if you've hit, or worse, wounded a head of game. It's all too easy to forget yourself and rush down with a loaded weapon at the ready - and pay with a bad fall, broken bones, or worse. When you ascend to or descend from the high stand your weapon must be unloaded, and better yet cased. And if you hunt from a tree stand that you have to climb, the adamant rule is to use a string and pull your unloaded weapon up and down with its help. On an outfitted hunt you are usually relieved of the most difficult part of the job: finding the right spot to position your high seat. Your guide knows his area, the bedding and feeding areas and thus the best placement of the stands; following their instructions is normally the surest ticket to success. However, as you gain experience, you will more and more often find yourself in a situation where the placement just doesn't seem right and you may want to discuss moving your stand with your guide. Whether to rely on the guide's experience and knowledge of terrain, or request they move you to another place, may prove a very difficult dilemma. The correct solution will depend on many factors, but the rule of thumb is: when in doubt, trust the guide. The best thing about hunting from a high seat is the opportunity that it allows you to blend in with the environment. Sit still for fifteen minutes, and chances are you won't want to move. You will experience nature in its purest form. See a songbird bravely chase a raven from its nesting area, chuckle at two hares boxing for a female during one of their many ruts a year, feel shiver down your spine as wolves howl in the distance - only location and season are the limit to the intimate scenes from the life of nature that you may witness, until that hot wave of adrenaline rushes through you as you hear a rustle of leaves or a twig snap from a step of your quarry... Discover your opportunities for hunting from a high stand with BookYourHunt. Hide details
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Roe deer hunting Belarus
There is a high density of the European roe-deer in Byelorussia. This is due to the favorable climatic conditions, developed agriculture and thorough protection. Hunting the roe-deer in Byelorussia is valued because of the sizes of trophies, a high probability of the hunted wild animals, as the result of the good density of wild animals and more natural, compared to the Western Europe, conditions of the roe-deer habitat and hunting it. We often can meet the unique trophies and sometimes the anomalous ones. Wonderful landscapes, wild nature, cordiality and hospitality of our country do not leave you indifferent. Daily rate is valid in case of minimum 2 hunters in the group only! Important - beginning from January 11 citizens of 80 countries such as EU, USA, Canada, Swiss, China, Japan do not need Visa to Belarus in case of 5-days visit. Main condition - direct flight to Minsk MSQ with NO transit flights via Russia. We can find out the best flight options!
Trip duration: 3 - 7 days
Hunting season: 15 May 2019 31 Dec 2019
Siberian Roe deer hunt in the Rut Russia
The Siberian roe deer is a moderately sized metacarpalian deer, with a long neck and large ears. In winter the northern populations exhibit light gray coloring, but their southern counterparts are grayish brown and ochraceous.The belly is creamy and the caudal patch is white. In the summer, their coloring is reddish. Young have a spotted coat. Males are larger and have three-tined antlers, widely spaced and slanting upward, which are shed in the autumn or early winter and begin to regrow shortly thereafter. Mating occurs in August and September, and female roe deer are the only ungulates to undergo embryonic diapause. Males mark their territory with olfactory marks, using secretion glands on the head skin, which they rub against trees, shrubs, and high grasses, or with visual marks, by fraying trees with their antlers. Vocal signals are also a form of communication in Siberian roe deer. They have six signals: squeaking or whistling, rasping, barking, whining, screaming, and nonvocal sounds.
Trip duration: 7 - 10 days
Hunting season: 25 Aug 2020 5 Sep 2020
1 Wildboar hunting session for 1 gun Italy
One session Wild Boar hunting from shooting house with rifle or bow and one night accommodation at our Il Collesu (www.bbilcollesu.it) Whole area fully available to guests. IMPORTANT: In Italy it is not allowed to hunt on Tuesdays and Fridays! On request we also provide dinner, lunch or additional services such as local wine and food tasting, cooking class, truffle hunting, fishing ecc.
Trip duration: 2 days
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