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hunting from a treestand- what do I need?

I'm looking into going bow hunting this season and would like to do it from a treestand. Last year I saw all kinds of deer, many of them well above what I'd consider shooting size. However, being that I was hunting on a wooded hill with very little cover to work with, most of those deer saw me before I could get a shot off.

I've got a bow, arrows, and clothes. BUT, since I'll be hunting from a treestand what else will I need? I know I need a treestand (any suggestions would be appreciated) and a harness- beyond that, is there anything else I need to look into? I took a hunting and fishing class a couple years back at college but can't remember what all he told me I'd need...

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Abby

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Sounds like you have a good

Sounds like you have a good start.  Once you find a tree to put your stand in, you should also have a rangefinder, and some type of extendable saw or lopper.  You will need to sit in your stand, and pick our some "shooting lanes" among the trees. 

If there are no naturals voids, where you can clearly see/shoot a deer while it is walking on the trail, you need to create some.  That's where the loppers come in.  Careful not to fall out of the tree, but you should create 3-4 lanes in front of you if possible, and a couple behind.

Once you have those lanes cut, and you're confident you can shoot cleanly at any animal, then go ahead and range each of the trails or places the deer could be shot at.  Remember (or write down) those ranges, and make sure you know them.

Now most importantly, practice!  Practice both using your stand (If it's a climber), and shooting from a stand.  You have to minimise your movement, even if in a tree.  Plus, it's not as easy standing on that teeny platform and drawing, 15+ feet in the air.  And, shooting at that angle can have an effect.

Anyway, that's a good start.  Good luck!

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good info

Sean has given you some great info in his response. Not sure what type treestand you're wanting to get, but a quality climber can be a great asset in many areas. They are probably the easiest to transport and also the easiest to set-up and move. It will take some practice, however, to get used to going up and them coming back down again. Practice, initially, by only going a short ways up and then back down, before trying to go to hunting heights of 15-20' high. The branch trimmers already mentioned can be handy in trimming a tree's trunk as you climb in a climber too. You cannot be too safe when using an type tree stand, so simply take your time and always be safety concious. You will be very impressed at the difference you'll see being above typical line of sight of a deer and also having your scent off the ground as well. You will also need a line/rope to pull your bow or gun up to you, once you've climbed up into your position.

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being in the south I hate

being in the south I hate climbers... nothing like walking a couple miles in the woods with a hunk of metal on your back and being drenched in sweat by time you reach your spot lol...

I'm gonna pick up one of those two man ladder stands at walmart for $108... looks pretty nice and I dig the extra room lol...

Just make sure you scout out a good spot to put your stand... nothing like sitting in one spot all day and not seeing anything lol. Hello

 

I skip the harness personaly but im not afraid of heights... being a newbie to hunting from a stand it might be a good idea to get one. again I hate the extra weight and bulkyness of one.

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I'm liking the API Outdoors

I'm liking the API Outdoors Crusader climber that Cabelas has... it's within my price range and looks pretty nice.

The area I'm hunting (just over a big hill in the neighbors backyard) has a lot of big, old growth trees- mostly poplars and oaks. Very few of them have low branches so I don't think I'll have a hard time find a suitable tree. I know I've gotta find a way to get off the ground if I want to get a deer this year... the place I'm hunting this year is the same place I was last year. There's not too many saplings around, it's mostly big trees spaced out a good ways from each other. It's way too easy for the deer to spot me.

I'm not afraid of heights either, but since I've never hunted a treestand before I think I might need a harness. Wish they weren't so expensive...

 

Thanks for the replies!

Abby

 

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good stand

Abbycast wrote:

I'm liking the API Outdoors Crusader climber that Cabelas has... it's within my price range and looks pretty nice.

The area I'm hunting (just over a big hill in the neighbors backyard) has a lot of big, old growth trees- mostly poplars and oaks. Very few of them have low branches so I don't think I'll have a hard time find a suitable tree. I know I've gotta find a way to get off the ground if I want to get a deer this year... the place I'm hunting this year is the same place I was last year. There's not too many saplings around, it's mostly big trees spaced out a good ways from each other. It's way too easy for the deer to spot me.

I'm not afraid of heights either, but since I've never hunted a treestand before I think I might need a harness. Wish they weren't so expensive...

 

Thanks for the replies!

Abby 

 

The good thing about buying a stand such as you've mentioned, is that it comes with a quality safety harness saving you a bit of $$. I used to own an API climber, and thought it was an excellent stand. As far as the comment about lugging the climbing stand and setting it up on the morning of the hunt, I could not agree more. But if you are hunting on private land (as I do exclusively) then you have the freedom of carrying it in and setting it up previous to your hunt. Then all you need to do is walk back to it and climb on up. Be sure to use reflective tacks (or similar) to aid in your finding it in the pre-dawn darkness. Nothing is worse than thrashing around in the dark woods looking for your stand on opening morning!  Whistling Also, depending on how "private" the private land is, you may also want to use a cable and a good lock to secure the stand to the tree in between hunts. I leave mine at a low level attached to the tree and wind the cable in a manner that prevents disconnecting the stand from the tree.

I use a number of ladder stands every year (semi-permanent on private lands), but the versatility of a climber cannot be beat, as a 1st stand, IMHO. Even simply moving a stand 25-50 yards can make a huge difference after spending some time in it and seeing game just out of range. It's way easier to move a climber at mid morning or noontime for an afternoon's hunt than it is to move a ladder stand.

Good Luck!!  Thumbs up

 

 

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The Crusader comes with a lot

The Crusader comes with a lot more than I realized- "Includes padded backpack straps, accessory bag to store connecting straps, and all necessary straps. Stand is tested to TMA standards and includes a full-body safety harness with Suspension Relief System (SRS)." Woo hoo! That just saved me a few bucks (no pun intended, lol). Now I need a rangefinder... I think my granddad has one I can borrow.

Next is getting my bow in shape. It's a left-handed PSE Nova that I got off Ebay for $128. It came with a quiver, 3 aluminum arrows with training tips, Tru-Glo sights, and an arrow rest that should be melted down for scrap. I've heard good things about whisker biscuits but also heard they sound like violins when you're shooting in humid or wet conditions. Maybe a fall away rest would be better? I'm looking at the left-handed Muzzy Xcelerator... I can get it for around $45 new. Since I don't have to buy a harness now I might be able to afford something else.

 

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Well, the violin sound could

Well, the violin sound could be due to the aluminum arrows.  I use a whisker biscuit, but don't have any sound, at least that I can hear. 

I think it's what you feel comfortable with.  I don't have the smoothest draw, so my arrow occasinally would pop off the rest. So I went to a whisker biscuit, cause I don't want that to happen when I actually have a deer in front of me.

Go to you local bow shop, and ask to shoot a bow with a fall away rest and one with a whicker biscuit.  Any decent sized shop should have one for you to shoot.  See what you like, and go from there.

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Sounds like you have a good

Sounds like you have a good place to go, and the poplar trees should be ideal.  Smooth, very few lower branches, etc.

As for the $$$$ that the harness costs, well, skimping on your life shouldn't be even considered.  We had an old family friend years ago who didn't return from a day of hunting, only to have his youngest son find him dead under his treestand.  Don't find yourself in that situation.

Heck, I just asked for a harness as a gift one year, that's how I got mine.

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instead of buy a range finder

instead of buying a range finder I step of yardages that I might shoot at put a small piece of marking tape in a branch(like 2-3inches long not hanging down like crazy) just make sure you practice shooting from a stand because it's ALOT different then shooting from the ground...

 

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Now I can't wait to get my

Now I can't wait to get my stuff in and set it up! Might be a couple more weeks before I can make it up the hill though... I messed up my right leg pretty bad and can't do a whole lot right now. I've got a while before the season opens on September 22 so I hope I'll be healed up by then.

They've raised the limit from 4 deer (3 does, 1 buck) to 7 deer (4 does, 3 bucks) and I fully intend to take advantage. The bucks around here aren't much to write about (basket racks, long legged skinny things) but the does are HUGE. Does anyone here use scents or calls to bring deer in? I took my laptop with me last year and blasted actual deer calls from a site I found. I brought in 3 bucks with them but don't think I'll be taking my laptop back with me- too much trouble.

 

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