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Joined: 07/24/2008
Posts: 3
Climbing Stand

After years of hauling ladder stands and chain on stands in and out of the woods, I am looking at simplifying my hunting life and buying one nice climbing stand. My hunting style is I move alot and rarely hunt the same spot more than a couple times a season. This means I am constantly moving 80+lbs of equipment from tree to tree. I am very successful when it comes to getting deer, I am just looking to make it easier for me. I have done some reading up on companies and specific kinds of stands. however, I have a hard time believing the reviews from cabela's, redhead, etc.. I want to hear from some real hard core hunters that these pricey items are worth their weight.
What are your pros and cons to using them?
What kind do you have?
What problems have you run into using them in the field? i.e. noise, weight, ease of getting them up a tree etc...
Do these things really work like the prictures show? what i mean is do they really cling to a tree well enough and do they stay some what level or do they slip etc...

thanks for your input and I apologize if this was discussed in a forum from months or years past. But it is extremely difficult to search through thousands of forums for just the right one..

Location: Plymouth, Indiana
Joined: 01/27/2007
Posts: 151
Climbing Stand

I will use one on occasion when i think a big buck is patterning me. I have an API Shooting Star & it's comfortable, but I still prefer to hunt from the convience of a fixed position stand. A climbing stand can be awkward to pack in & no matter how quiet you try to be, you'll make more noise than just sneaking into a fixed position stand. With that being said i enjoy hunting from my climber because of the versatility, you just need to get in the woods earlier & stay later when you have to climb a tree. I typically pick a few trees that i think will be good ambush sites before the season & figure out the best approach to minimize the noise. If you do decide to get one, i encourage you to do so soon so you have time to practice with it before the season begins.

Joined: 07/24/2008
Posts: 3
Climbing Stand

I agree that slipping into a fixed position is quieter, if the stand is already up. The fact that I move so much is the cause of most my problems. Constantly tearing down and setting back up fixed stands and ladders is pain in the butt and very loud with clanging chains, ratchet straps, and aluminum ladders banging against each other.

I have been reading up on Lone Wolf stands. They seem to be the best on the market and from what I read they are extremely quiet since they are one solid piece of aluminum. Does anyone have one of these stands that can attest to that?
Thank you for the reply.

Location: Kingston, MI
Joined: 01/16/2007
Posts: 592
Climbing Stand

I also move around a lot. I've used several fixed position stands, ladder stands, and climbers over the years. I've also used climbing sticks and different types of screw in foot steps. They've all been to noisy for me.

A few years ago I started using an Ambush Sling and only the large screw in foot steps. It is, by far, the most successful system I've used for being quick and quiet. This system is also light weight, so you can pack it in for long distances without tiring yourself out.

I now wish I hadn't wasted my time and money with climbers and went straight to the Ambush Sling.

Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Joined: 07/14/2008
Posts: 9
here's my input

I honestly dont remember what kind my climber is, but I have to say that I enjoy hunting from it alot. Yes, it is a heavier one (it's about 2 years old), but NOT ONCE have I been walking into my woods and had my stand cling nor clang. My cousin (my usual hunting buddy) laughs at me because I repack my stand before every use. I make sure all the loose straps are folded inward....well, lets just say that i tuck in all the loose and tighten up all that I can on it before heading out. Yes, it may take me a few extra minutes, but I'm always giving my cousin crap because his sounds like a bag of frying pans on his back. The only noise you get from me is my feet snapping the occassional stick.

I suppose what I'm trying to say is that I completely understand not wanting to constantly move your ladder stands around over and over again. That is why I have decided to leave my ladder stands where they currently are and I still take my climber when I want to hunt from a different tree. The flat-out versatility is awesome.

So...pros and cons

pros...versatility...and mine is actually pretty comfortable. i've dosed off in it a few times, lol.

Due to the way it is made...it is very very easy to climb almost every tree in my woods.

I've never, not once, had it slip while climbing up nor has it slipped after I have reached where I wanna be in the tree.

It is very solid and quiet.

Cons...mine is probably one of the more heavier climbers

Other than my climber being a bit heavy...I am glad that I have it, I'll continue to use it, and I know that I am happy with it.

Good luck buddy!!!

Location: S.E. Wisconsin
Joined: 01/14/2006
Posts: 76
Climbing Stand

I move around alot... I rarely hunt the same tree twice. I hunt a lot of public land, and high pressure land but still manage to get my share of mature bucks. I sneak into the staging areas within 100 yards of there bedding areas and set up... I use a Lone Wolf hang-on 90% of the time... The hang on with sticks is very quiet if you are carefull. I have set up in the evening on several occasions and had mature bucks get out of there beds within shooting range later that eve.
With that said, I do prefer useing my lone wolf hand climber over the hang on, but most of the areas where these bucks hang don't have nice straight limbless trees to pick from. I would much rather hunt deer than trees.

Here is a picture of my mobile set up. The far stand is my L/W hand climber the near stand is my Hang-on and sticks.

Joined: 08/20/2008
Posts: 2
tree stands

I've been using climbing tree stands for about 38 years. There are many good models out there. No matter where you're hunting, you most always find a tree to climb. Climbing stands are quicker to enter the site, put up, and climb than trying to put up a lock-on. I have climbed many times with deer looking at me. If you know certain techniques, you put one up and climb very quietly. The technique is to put pressure with your feet on the climbing foot platform to control the stand, thereby not allowing the stand to drag on the tree. Always take smaller steps to allow you to have better control. Also, you need to make sure you have the correct angle when applying the stand- pay attention to the taper of the tree so there is always a downward pressure point. Make sure the foot platform and the seat platform are always attached together with some type of cord or strapping. There are many good models out there, but there are a few I think are better. A good lightweight, packable stand is the Aluminum Ol'Man Pro which weighs about 17 lb. The Summit Viper is also good and weighs about 20 lb. There is an old Warren Sweat model called the Special, if you can find one, that I think is one of the best as far as ease of climbing. With most of these models you can face towards or away from the tree. The Warren Sweat is the only one that has a backrest when facing the tree. There is a model called the Cadlilac, but I can't recall the manufacturer. This is an exceptional stand that lets you face towards or away from the tree and has a backrest. I know this model is still being manufactured. All of these stands let you go to different sites quickly and with ease. I can be hunting long before a man can put up a lock-on and be much quieter, too. There is a new style of lock-on call the Swing, Lock, & Load by Ol'Man that swings off the climbing sticks and is easier to put up than other lock-ons.

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