The real hidden benefit of stalking small game is not only the fun had but also the lessons learned. To be successful takes work; scouting, planning, rigging stands, watching seasonal movement, etc. While I'm out on my small game hunts I'm taking in the outdoors and finding new trails and sign almost each day I'm out. Understanding your territory is key to your success and spending time in the field waiting for squirrels or searching for rabbit/pheasant/quail/grouse is a great way to learn more about your hunting grounds. Thats never a bad thing.
Hunting for Deer
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You've got to give climbing sticks a shot. Each day I pack in and out on the public land I hunt and these things are easy as pie. You simply strap them to the tree and fold down the climbing pegs. One more trip down and your able to strap your stand to the tree for the day. It takes some getting used to but I can set up shop now in about 15 minutes. They also come with a strap that acts as a backpack for climbing sticks. I provided the links to the left to get you looking in the right direction.
Learning to make every trip successful
And finally, once you've done all your homework in selecting your spot and noting movement through your areas you will see what your after, it will probably sneak up on you like a ghost in the night. Just another day of sitting in the cold becomes something more when you notice that buck that has just walked up, silent as a stalking cat.