Choosing a Tree Stand
Hunting from a tree stand offers the big game hunter many advantages. It gets your movements and scent off the ground away from the wary nose and eyes of deer. It forces you to "stay put" and stop moving from one area to another, in search of the perfect position. It allows you a better field of view and in many ways is more comfortable than sitting on the ground or standing all day long.
There are two main types of stands: Fixed/Hang-on and Climbing, each has its pros and cons.
Climbing Tree Stands
Climbing stands are relatively new when compared to other types. Climbing tree stands do exactly what the name says; they allow the user to climb a tree while in the stand. They do offer some great advantages over the other types.
Quick to set up.
Can be moved when hunting conditions change.
One stand is all that is needed when hunting multiple areas.
Allow for easy height adjustment.
Do not need to screw climbing steps into the tree.
Generally cost more than a comparable fixed stand.
Limited to the type of tree they can be used on.
Louder when climbing than a fixed stand.
Can't be used in trees that are not straight or have branches.
The Fixed/Strap-on stands are semi-permanent stands that are placed in location prior (hopefully) to hunting season. They are chained or ratchet strapped to a tree and generally left throughout the season.
Less expensive than climbing stands, so more can be placed in the field.
Less likely to be a "concern" to animals as they grow accustomed to seeing them in the tree.
Can be placed in less than "telephone pole" perfect trees.
or ladders to access safely.
Are prone to theft in heavily hunted areas, as they are left in the woods.
Whichever stand you choose, you must follow some simple safety rules: Read all of the manufacturers warnings and use guides. Check the stand frequently for loose fittings and any other trouble. Always wear a safety harness.
By using a tree stand the hunter can gain a great advantage over the ground hunter.
Two other types of stands not mentioned above are Ladder Stands, which consist of a ladder attached to a shooting platform. The stand is literally leaned up against a tree and then secured. These are generally bulky and not easily transported. The Tripod stand is growing in popularity, in part due to the fact that the stand can be erected in a field or in areas with no too little tree growth. The stand consists of a shooting platform attached to three or more legs that elevate it off the ground. They are very large and heavy stands that are best used in areas that allow no alternatives.
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