This handful of items will make your rut marathons more bearable
All-day sits during the heart of the rut are almost always a good idea. They are, also, almost always hard to pull off.
Coming off a week of all-day sits in Wisconsin, I can attest to that fact. I have no trouble staying in the woods all day—when the rut is rocking and deer are moving.
Thing is, the rut didn’t seem to exist and deer sightings were exceptionally sparse. What had seemed like a great idea at 5 a.m. didn’t seem so much fun by 5 p.m.
That said, I was able to stick it out and had a good buck shown itself, the reward would have been worth the effort. I’ve long advocated that you should spend as much time as possible on stand during this key period in November and it’s advice I practice. I’ve killed some pretty good bucks because of it and, along the way, I’ve adopted a few items that help make all-day outings more comfortable. Here are a few of my favorites:
1. LaCrosse Aerohead Sport Boots
I’ve been forced to abandon my plan to sit all day due to cold feet on more than one occasion. But those instances are far fewer once I started to implement this sytem.
It starts with the Aerohead Sport boot for LaCrosse. I’m a fan of tall rubber boots not just because they cut down on scent during the walk into my location but because they allow me to use any available standing water to really hide my tracks and ensure that I stay completely dry.
The key to keeping your feet warm is to keep them dry. These boots feature neoprene and AeroFoam uppers, making them incredibly light. The lower is comprised of injected polyurethane – which provides excellent insulating properties while maintaining the boot’s light weight.
Another tip: After settling into the stand before daylight, I slip the boots off and let my feet cool off and the boots to breathe. This makes a huge difference in keeping things dry and warm for the day.