Selecting where to make a stand is one of the most important parts of predator hunting. Stand selection is where you prepare to make or break the game. You can make two hundred stands in a day, but if there isn't a varmint within earshot of those stands you will be wasting valuable hunting time calling to the magpies.
You first have to locate an area that has a good population of predators. That means doing some scouting. You can either locating them visually or locating sign that they have been in the area recently. You usually will have better luck at finding sign instead of visual sighting, normally Mr. Wiley isn't going to sit out in the open during the day. There are several things you should look for when looking for signs.
Parking? Huh? Yup, Parking! Unless you are very lucky and live within walking distance of your calling areas you are going to have to drive. One thing that you want to remember when you are getting ready to park the car to make a stand... keep the thing put of sight as much as possible. It falls back on that 'stopping vehicle' thing. If you stop and park where they can see you or where you call them in and they see your vehicle nine times out of ten they are going to bust out of there pretty quick. Use draws, hills or whatever you can to try and keep it out of sight. Even if you have to hike in a bit, do not park or stop where they can see your vehicle as they approach your stand. Animals quickly learn that a moving vehicle isn't much of a danger, but once it stops to either lay low or get out of there quick.
Getting to Your Stand
If you are hunting with a partner, on the way to your stand go over the general calling sequences and tactics that you will be using in that area. It will cut down on talking after getting out of your vehicle and makes life a whole lot easier if you either call something in or something hangs up and your partner thinks that the stand is a bust and stands up to leave. Use either radios or a set calling sequence, such as two long blows of a varmint call or several quick squeaks on the mouse squeaker, to let your partner know that the stand is a bust or that you see something coming in that he or she might not.
Before you even get out of your vehicle. Remember this...DO NOT SLAM THE DOOR!!! Close the door as quietly as you can. The sound of a door slamming shut can carry a long way out in the open and animals will home in on that sound and unless you are hiking in a long way, your stand is more then likely going to be a bust.
There are a few key tactics to remember when moving into your stand:
Ok, now you are approaching your stand. Where do you want to setup and what makes one stand better then another? In selecting a stand there are three very important things to remember.
A few good tips that I personally use when selecting a stand: