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With rifle season opening up in a week I have been thinking a lot about what I can do to get a better chance at taking at least one deer this year and improving my odds for next year. Looking around the back porch I had a little bit of left over 2x4s so I decided to take a walk around to see if I could find a good spot to put up a small tree stand. Behind our house there is an acre or so of very dense pine trees and then behind that it opens up into larger more spaced out trees and I found a couple of trees that were clumped together. After hacking off the inch thick poison ivy vines that work there way up the trees I started building. This may even be too late for me to use it this year. With all my tromping around and banging the deer may stay clear of this area, but by next year they will be used to it and pay no attention. The stand itself is about ten or eleven feet off the ground and goes from 16 inches wide to three feet. I still have to put on the deck and build some sort of railing. I will probably buy a ten dollar hunk of camo burlap to use to cover the stand so I will have a good hiding spot. If I get lucky and take one early next to the feeders on the highline then I think I need a second spot to switch to because I am not sure if they will come to the place where a deer was just killed. I think they might avoid that area for a while. If that happens I will bait this area with corn, but otherwise I will wait until next year to bait this spot.