Need to hunt from a stand?
Here in Texas, with most places being private land, it has gotten quite expensive to hunt deer. As such, many times you have to place more hunters on a specific piece of property than you would normally want to in order to minimize the cost per hunter. Since not all of the property is usually the best/optimum hunting spots, hunters are also forced to hunt closer together in the prime parts of the property. This has lead to the common style of hunting from a blind.
I think most hunters here in Texas are jealous of the open public lands out west where a person can still hunt or glass from ridges across a valley. As for hunting from blinds here in Texas, it also has forced many of the blinds to be elevated. This is do to the need to see into the short brush of many places here and is also a safety feature. When hunting a crowded property an elevated stand means that the hunter is shooting into the ground and not at the horizon and this allows hunters to be closer to each other in prime areas.
I have long wanted to go back to still hunting for deer here in Texas, but on most leases, during peek hunting times, it is just to dangerous to walk around and wonder into someones shooting lanes.
O for the good old days.
Founding member of the 7MM STW Club
Member Texas Cull Hunters Association