We don’t really still hunt in the traditional sense. Meaning we don’t usually go out with the intent to still hunt through certain areas hoping to catch bucks that are up walking around. It can be an effective tactic for sure, we just currently tend to prefer the hang and hunt method.
With that being said we do use the still hunting tactic, just in a different way. We use the still hunting technique when we are moving tree stands to a new location for another sit or doing some in season scouting with stands on our backs. When doing hang and hunts a big part of having success is once you go into an area for the first time, you usually have to tweak your tree stand setup to a slightly better position. That is when we use the still hunting tactic. Once we have the tree stands down from the original tree and we know which direction we want to go based on either seeing bucks in that direction or we believe there to be a better chance of a buck being that direction, we put the stands on our back and still hunt to that location.
We are essentially still hunting to our new tree stand location, not still hunting with the intent to shoot a deer along the way. Often times when we are tweaking that initial set up we are moving closer to where we think bucks are bedded. This means we have to go super slow and quiet in order to not spook them or other deer that are in the area. By still hunting you are doing the most you possible can to make sure deer don’t know you are in the area.
On multiple occasions we have been moving our tree stands to a better location for an afternoon hunt and 1) had bucks walk right towards us presenting shot opportunities or 2) still hunted to a new spot, set up the tree stands, only to return later that day and have a buck get up from his bed near the new set up.
By still hunting while you are doing in season scouting to move your tree stand or already know where you want to put your tree stand but had to tweak your set up, you allow yourself to learn valuable information that you would have missed had you just started walking to that new location.
So, the answer is yes, we do still hunt some, but it is probably in a slightly different manner then most other hunters do. We use it as a tactic to help us move tree stands closer to buck bedding, instead of the traditional tactic of slowly walking through the woods trying to intercept deer that are traveling through the area.