Yesterday I spent nearly two hours trying to find a place to hang a tree stand on a Roanoke County property where I will bowhunt next Saturday on opening day of Virginia's Urban Archery season. In short, I could not find a place where I feel I have a decent chance to tag a doe.
The woodlot I searched through (picture below) has a pasture or fields on all sides of it. A number of oaks are dropping acorns, but there was no tree near any of the bearing oaks that I could hang a stand in.
One of the best places where there were acorns was the pond that borders one side of the woodlot. The forecast for next Saturday is for temperatures in the 80s, and I though the combination of food and water offered great potential. But every tree near the pond was too large for a stand or left me too exposed to any deer that might come by.
I finally positioned my stand along a logging road that runs through the property. But I have no confidence in the spot. We will see what happens next Saturday.