The “spot set” is a whitetail hunting technique that implements the power of surprise, and works exceptionally well in urban settings—though it’s definitely not limited to this application. If you ask some of the most successful hunters across the nation, they would all most likely agree that the first time you sit in a particular spot is the best chance you have to kill a mature whitetail.
The gear you choose to use is essential. I strongly suggest a lightweight and quiet set of portable climbing sticks; I prefer Muddy or Lone Wolf. I also suggest a Muddy, Lone Wolf, or Wedge-Loc Ghost treestand—I can have any of these hung silently in less than 15 seconds. Once in the tree, having a small set of hand pruners and a compact, extendable saw will make it easier to trim a few small branches that might interfere with a shot—but don’t cut unless you absolutely have to.
You should practice this system and become fluid with its execution before actually implementing it because you want to make only one trip up the tree.
I start by tying my bow and pack to a pull rope and then attach the rope to my belt, and I put the first two sticks on the tree before ascending. With the stand on my back, I place the final two sticks and then the stand. I hoist up my bow and pack, and I’m ready to hunt. Silence and safety are keys to the success of this technique, so make sure to use a safety system that has a lineman’s harness.
Once mastered, you’ll be able to do this in the dark without making a single sound, which will capture the purity of the element of surprise.