Deer stands, hunting stands, or tree stands are several of the terms used by hunters to refer to platforms used to get above ground level to better see and aim for their animals.
The materials used to make the different deer stands have evolved over the years. Early deer stands were made from wood or steel and were very basic with comfort not being a key consideration. Modern deer stands are constructed using aluminum that makes them light and hardy. Thick padding is also included to ensure the hunter focuses on their prey and not their discomfort.
There are several different types of stands that you can choose. A lot of this depends on the individual preferences of each hunter, as well as the location of their regular hunting grounds. A particular type of deer stand that may be perfect for one person might be completely inappropriate for another area.
One popular type is the ladder stand. As the name suggests, it is a platform fixed to the top of a ladder. It is built so that one side of the platform is attached to a tree using brackets or straps while the ladder stretching to the ground also serves as the support for the other side of the platform. Most ladder stands have their platform about 20 feet above ground level.
The design of the ladder stand gives it more stability. This is why they normally have the biggest platforms of all the different types of deer stands. They are able to support greater weight in the form of heavy equipment and some can even have more than one person perched on the platform at the same time. Certain models come with a camouflage skirt that is wrapped around the stand allowing it to blend in with the surroundings.
An important point is that once you put one of these into place, you usually intend for it to be there for a while. So if you’re always on the move to new hunting grounds the ladder stand might not be the most appropriate style to use.
There have been a many advances in the hunting world recently, increasing the chance of success for all hunters. These improvements cover everything from new bows and rifle styles to camouflage, as well as other accessories.
One of the best accessories used by many deer hunters is the climbing deer stand. The climbing stand is attached to the tree in two parts, the platform you stand on and the seat. They are connected to the tree at the desired height by a boomerang shaped piece of metal that wraps around the tree and is bolted to the stand.
A well made one makes it relatively easy to get up high without having to set up a permanent tree stand in advance. Obviously, sitting up high in a tree gives you greater range of view, and hiding you and your scent from the deer.
Another benefit to a climbing tree stand is comfort. In the latest models, such as the Ultimate Viper SS by Summit Treestands, the seat is padded, and a gun rest is available too. A quiet hunter can sit in comfort until they are ready to make the shot. Finally, climbing deer stands are very portable. A good stand can be quickly and easily packed away and worn like a backpack in order to transport it and set up in another tree in no time at all.
Climbing deer stands are available online, and at many good hunting stores. They range in price depending on the features and manufacturers, but generally speaking a good climbing tree stand will cost from around $200-$400. It’s important to research the different features and styles available, and to suit your stand to the environment you are hunting in.
If you are looking for a great accessory to enhance your hunting experience, then a climbing deer stand is definitely worth the investment. Just make sure you get a good quality one so the climbing action is sure to work well.
One of the most popular deer stands is the climbing tree stand. These types of stands are most suited to hunters that are always moving about and are also physically fit enough that they would not have difficulty climbing trees. A climbing stand may either use a set of curved blades on its back that dig into the tree bark to provide grip, or it may use rubber sheathed support cables complete with locking pins. The platform itself usually has a footrest as well as a foldable seat.
To fit it into position, the hunter first attaches the cables or blades to the base of the tree, hug the tree so that they hold the platform firmly and then slip their feet into position. From this point, the hunter would start to climb the tree until they get to their preferred height where they would tighten the cables or make sure the blades are firmly attached to the tree.
Due to the nature of how they are installed, climbing deer stands are only suitable on trees that do not have branches for a considerable height above the base of the tree trunk. One advantage of these models is that disengaging them only takes a matter of minutes.
The lock-on tree stand is one of the most versatile and popular type of deer stands available. This consists of a seat and footrest attached to the tree (similar to the climbing stands), but is lighter and easily carried in a backpack.
Unlike the climbing stand, however, the hunter will require a ladder or other climbing apparatus to get the stand in position. For this reason, some hunters who use lock-on stands prefer to screw in place pieces of wood to serve as steps on all the trees that they regularly use in a given area so that moving around becomes much easier.