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Level of Difficulty: MDLO Hunts

Zero to one-hundred. That about sums it up. Yes, that is the range for the level of difficulty that these free-ranging whitetail hunts can have, at random and often spontaneously changing. With all of the uncontrollable factors during the hunt, and only limited controllable factors of the hunt, it is truly impressive that we get shot opportunities at the frequency that we do. Having had an entire season's list of hunters tag out who hunted for 7 days on their archery hunts to having the most 170"+ deer seen in daylight from the stand under 80yds ever with only a few kills, it is truly a guess as to how difficult any one hunt can be. This is why we aim to education and rationalize the hunting environment prior to our hunters arriving while also keeping expectations and standards as humbled and modest as possible.


I think that it is proper to state what a "worst case scenario" and to tell everyone coming in each year that this is a very real possibility, no doubt about it. So, to start, I will list fifteen (15) scenarios or courses of actions that have happened and/or remain likely to happen that are considered obviously negative in regards to hunting here and the difficulty of avoiding and/or overcoming such.


• Arriving late to the stand in the morning

- Spooking deer on walk-in or at stand (unknowingly or knowingly)

- Missing a shot opportunity due to this improper timing & consequences of such

• Walking in too loudly (audible noise moving through area on foot)

- Spooking deer on walk-in or at stand (unknowlingly or knowingly)

- Missing a shot opportunity due to this impoper noise control & tming of such

• Walking to stand on incorrect path/trail (being in wrong location & potentially @ wrong time)

- Spooking deer on walk-in (unknowingly or knowingly)

- Missing a shot opportunity due to this improper physical presence, noise, scent, etc.

• Forgetting something needed in truck or at hotel (bow, release, boots, Ozonics, etc.)

- Potentially unable to conduct hunt (screws up timing, intel, opportunities, etc.)

- Missing a shot opportunity due to this inability to hunt in 100% effectiveness

• Dropping something needed on walk-in to stand or from the stand once in it

- Potentially unable to conduct hunt (screws up timing, intel, opportunities, etc.)

- Missing a shot opportunity due to this inability to hunt in 100% effectiveness

• Being too loud ascending the stand or getting setup in the stand

- Spooking deer from the stand (unknowingly or knowingly)

- Missing a shot opportunity due to this improper noise and bodily control

• Not paying full attention with heightened senses while on stand (listening, seeing, sensing)

- Missing a shot opportunity due to this improper physical awareness & attentiveness

- Damaging the integrity of the scouting intel reporting back to MDLO for reference

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