Very cool! and the price is right!
I'm not really familiar with bear territory. How often do you see bear, when you're just out and about or scouting/ building this stand? Do you normally carry a firearm when you go out?
I've been bear hunting for five years and finall got 1 this year! I was the only bear I have seen and now he is at the taxidermist. I some times carry a pistol if on foot and baiting but if on the atv, not.
From the books that I have read, there is a lot of importance in knowing every nook and cranny of your hunting territory as well as the animal that you are hunting. So scouting as much as possible, just walking the land, will give you a good idea of what's around the corner or what's on the other side of a hill. Which can be very beneficial.
Making your own maps of human and deer trails, and different types of foliage such as group of pines,...