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    High seat sessions

    Hi all. Would like to hear views on what should be considered the norm for how many hours amount to a session or 'stalk' in a high seat. Not interested in opening up a debate about prices/costs charged for stalking. I would have considered say at least 3 hours in a high seat to amount to a session - what do you think? Cheers.
    ''If you have to shoot...shoot...don't talk''

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    I usually sit in the high seat for the 1st hour of light, having arrived 30 minutes before, then think about leaving and follow the sage bit of advice that I read on here somewhere of then waiting another 10 minutes. The extra time resulted in a munty last time out but usually on my ground that first 30 minutes of light are the key ones.

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    [QUOTE=Tuco;1195051]Hi all. Would like to hear views on what should be considered the norm for how many hours amount to a session or 'stalk' in a high seat. Not interested in opening up a debate about prices/costs charged for stalking. I would have considered say at least 3 hours in a high seat to amount to a session - what do you think? Cheers.[/QUOTE



    With my seats I have dotted around then I work off trail cam info for the Muntjac, around 2 hours with one seat I leave 1/2 an hour early. Other places I pitch up tucked into a hedge and wait, usually after harvest with a good chance of a fox as well. I've got to the point of packing up a little early as I would rather come back the next day than be looking for a tiny dark deer in the pitch black. But that is just me........


    Tim.243
    A lot of people often refer to the past, but don’t shoot in the present…..


    An hour in the field is worth a week of typing trash.....




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    I think it depends on a lot of things.
    If it's for a paid session or somewhere on your own ground.
    The location of the seat and the movements of the deer in that area.
    Weather conditions & wind direction.
    How long you can sit still for.
    Movements of others in the area e.g. Dog walkers, mountain bikers etc.
    Longest I've spent in a high seat was a couple of years ago 5 weeks after a hip replacement operation. Mid December mate picked me up and dropped me near a seat on our syndicate ground about an hour before first light. He went stalking and I watched the woods wake up. Mid morning shot a fox then just before last light got a doe. Was picked up about an hour after last light.
    Wingy

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    I usualy try and be in the seat 30mins before daylight and I leave when I have to go to work

    Looking at my cull records a surprising number of deer have been shot between 8 and 9am

    An equaly surprising number of 0 deer have been shot at first light.

    In the evening ill usualy plan for a 3 hour stay

    Again out of 23 deer shot in two and a half years, only 1 (my first fallow) was at last light. Such a short time and small number of deer is not a great bassis for statistics I know but It surprised me.

    I have in the winter staid all day with a break for breakfast/brunch

    On the 30th ill be in the seat around 6:30am till 10:30 ish and leaving it for brunch and back for 20:30ish to last light around 4:30pm

    Unless I get one in the morning

    ATB

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    The high seat sessions I have are part of a paid syndicate but are limited to high seat work in the evenings only. However the time offered in the high seats is only 1-1.5 hours before the sun goes down and I don't feel that is quite long enough - hence the success rates which haven't been great.
    ''If you have to shoot...shoot...don't talk''

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    my 2p worth to be honest.
    I like to be out all day as i'v had the chance at deer at all times of the day ,drop off and pick up or text if there is one ready to collect sitting out just watching quite, as long as the seat is't one of them horrid bucket seats with steel ladders and no room to swing a tree rat, I am happy to sit it out with a drop of hot tea and a banjo job done , after all unless you have someplace to go for a few hours like your close to home ,what on earth can you do if you are on a away day stalk outing ! but sit in your car waiting thinking I could do this in a high seat ???? if your trusted to sit on your own for three hrs why not all day ??

  8. #8
    Im not sure what your asking. If its a paid stalk, make sure you ask how long it will be and what you'll be doing weather you'll just sit in the seat or stalk on foot for a bit too etc, you can't go wrong then.

    If your asking how long to wait in a seat. Personally I don't think you can answer that question. Dependant on lots of factors as already mentioned but ultimately really depends on how long your happy to sit there for. Sometimes i think this isn't going to go well and go for a walk others I'm happy to sit and wait longer. If you stalk on the same ground you'll soon learn where they are and aren't. Im sure we've all shot deer on the way to or from a seat and having only just sat in a seat. Time spent on recon is never wasted. They always seem to pop out when I'm not expecting it.

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    3 hours in a high seat, unless it is in a hotspot of deer activity sounds really uncomfortable. Personally I prefer to stalk on foot and go to a high seat 3/4 of an hour or so before dusk

  10. #10
    It always amuses me why people move to highseats in the dark, i quite often shoot something on the way to the seat. Bumping deer in the dark is one way to clear a wood.

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