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Suggestions on climbing tree stands

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by MPshooter, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. MPshooter

    MPshooter Corvallis, OR Member

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    I've been hunting an area with my son this season where the bucks are very nocturnal and have plenty of tree cover to more around. There are also several clear cut areas, but we haven't seen them there at all. I've been thinking on getting myself a climbing tree stand, especially for the second bowhunting season. I have very little experience with them and don't like them too much, but I also know that the technology has improved a lot since the last time I tried one (9+ years). Any suggestions? Advantages and disadvantages?
     
  2. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    Tree climbing stands are pretty good. A few things to remember about them. They take time to setup properly. it depends on the tree. Think branches, shooting angles, shooting directions etc... . What goes up must come down (The stand) and ppl don't keep the instructions close at hand so they can remove the stand safety. They don't research but rather buy because of the photo on the box looks like it will work.
    Key things to thing about
    Research:
    the weight limits
    The operation of the tree stand - if you have a certain disability can you get it up and down
    Will it fit the tree(s) in your hunting area
    Are you able to stay in the stand for hours with minimal movement
    Do you have the proper clothing for tree stand hunting. The cold is a lot colder when you don't move
    Your tree stand fits you - you may weight 200 lbs, but only be 5' 6"
    Practice putting it together and taking it apart
    Here is youtube review for one with a lot of features I like.
    Ol Man Aluminum Climber Review - YouTube
     
  3. MPshooter

    MPshooter Corvallis, OR Member

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    MarkAd,

    Great advice. Do you own the tree stand featured in the video? If you do, how high do you normally set it up on a tree?
     
  4. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Nice stand there. I might even trust it.
    Main thing I wonder about is being still. It would be hard to just sit there for hours.
    And keeping your feet warm.Keeping the body warm isn't hard,it's the feet that always get cold when just sitting around
     
  5. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    I don't own it, but am considering it. as to how high that depends on many variables that you have to decide how high when you pick the site.
    mjbskwin you re right. I have had Cayenne sprinkled in the socks suggest to how keep the feet warm.
     
  6. dplev4

    dplev4 Oregon Member

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    You might want to check out the Archerytalk forum. It has threads on recommended treestands. One thing to keep in mind too is are you going to put this up on public or private land? If public are you going to put it up and take it down every day? Haul it 50 yards or 2 miles? Those factors would impact what kind of stand you might want.
    Another thing, I am a rock climber of many many years and have no fear whatsoever of heights. (Lots of other fears just not that one.) Except a funny thing happened when using a treestand for a hunt out of state. Wasn't fearful or anything, but I felt off balance when shooting from a stand. Practice corrects shot placement, but I never felt truly comfortable. Nice views though.
     
  7. Dave Workman

    Dave Workman Western Washington Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Bac when I was managing editor of HUNTER EDUCATION INSTRUCTOR, I did column on hunting accidents, and high on the list were mishaps involving tree stands. I know a lot of people use them, and there are some good ones out there, but they spook me. A lot of people simply do not know how to properly use one of these contraptions.

    Keeping your feet warm simply involves heater socks.
     
  8. MPshooter

    MPshooter Corvallis, OR Member

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    Great advice, guys. Much appreciated!