Most bowhunters prefer to stand when shooting, and that’s great. However, shooting while seated is necessary at times — even ideal.
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I visit a lot of archery camps throughout the country each season, and I’m still amazed at how many bowhunters tell me they cannot — and will not — take the shot while sitting. They are more comfortable when they get to their feet, just as they do at the practice range. That’s good. I also have no problem shooting from the standing position. However, through the years, I have come to prefer shooting whitetails from a tree stand while still in my seat. I set my stands at an angle so, if the deer do what I think they will, I can do just that.
There are several reasons for this. The most important for me is that by remaining seated, I am moving as little as possible. I see the deer coming, move only my left arm to grab the bow hanging from a branch, and then bring it to my lap and rest the bottom cam on my left thigh. I then hook up my release, and when the deer is in the proper position, I draw and shoot, again with minimal motion and noise. I take great care to not shuffle my feet on the stand, which can also make noise.
Another important reason is that by remaining seated, I keep my profile in the tree low, helping me remain hidden among the limbs and leaves. I find this an important factor when the leaves are gone. If I stand, I can snug up against the tree trunk, but the drawing and shooting motion can again expose me.