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New England Tree Stands

I was whondering how common it is to use tree stands during regular rifle season in New England. I have been told that "only bow hunters use tree stands".

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I would not use one in say Vermont where the deer are scattered and there is so much land.

However if someone had permission on a small spot with limited shot like in CT where 10 acres is required for rifle shooting. One might use a stand there.

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I personally use a tree stand a lot but it would depend on the area you are hunting in If I am in an open area I prefer a ground blind but open wooded I like my tree stand I only muzzleload & Rifle hunt

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I have hunted from treestands for years in Vermont. I don't see the difference in rifle versus archery in terms of stands. If you sit on a deer trail to archery hunt, why not sit the same trail for rifle????

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the only gun hunting that i do is in MA and i hunt out of a tree stand.
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I prefer ground blinds, but you can get an edge by using a stand in some areas. Low brushy swamps, and short pines that would otherwise leave you in the dark, can open up a bit with a bird's eye view.

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jfrench wrote:
I prefer ground blinds, but you can get an edge by using a stand in some areas. Low brushy swamps, and short pines that would otherwise leave you in the dark, can open up a bit with a bird's eye view.

this is good advice, as I guess it depends on what type of area/terrain you are hunting. if you are in an open oak flat, or on a nice hardwood ridge, no reason you shouldn't be able to hunt in a treestand. However, if you are in a swamp, or thicket, you might need to stay low to see below limbs and brush....

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I have shot many a deer from a tree stand here in Maine during the rifle season.

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Here in New England we are faced with many different kinds of terrain, much of it being thick vegetation which keeps most shots down to less than 100 yards. When dealing with close encounters it is in my opinion that being above gives you an advantage in three ways. 1. You are out of the air currents more the higher you are than on the ground. If proper care is taken with closing in the stand it goes a great way to eliminate detection by scent. 2. Being aloft increases your field of sight considerably if your stand placement is thought out. 3. Deer are less likely to pick out movement from above if you have the proper covering and camouflage, both artificial and natural. This is not to say that excessive movement is undetectable, above or below movement should be kept to a minimum to avoid detection.
There are disadvantages as well. Tree stands are not for everybody for a number of reasons, many are height sensitive, and I have never seen a handicap accessible model. Also is the cost factor, a good set up is going to set you back around $100 for a simple hang-on and ladder and that price goes up with the bells and whistles on the market today. I have 15 stands of various types out right now and I figure I've got around $2,000 hanging from trees.
The best way to get a start is to invest in a good climber for around $300. I would recommend a summit as they have a number of models, are well built and are sellable if you find being aloft isn't your cup of tea. Be extra sure to study the art of tree standing and hanging a stand before you try to hunt from one if this is your first time. All manufactures include videos and instructions with all their equipment as well as safety harnesses.

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Re: New England Tree Stands
ironwill wrote:
I was whondering how common it is to use tree stands during regular rifle season in New England. I have been told that "only bow hunters use tree stands".

it all comes down to terrain and what not man reason for use bow hunters using stands is we need the deer to get within 40yrds of us then we have to pull back are bows aim and relase with out spooking that deer. so the stands are a little more stealthy and help with that element of suprise.

with a gun thow you can blow a deer away at 400yrds if not more if your a good shot

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I'm actually thinking about using a tree stand during rilfe season in the very near future. I live in Vermont and I have not seen anyone hunting from a tree stand but I know they do, just not where I hunt. I hunt in a place where I KNOW deer have snuck by me. If I was just a little higher ( anything but sitting on the ground) I would have seen it/them. My only concern is someone liking my stand better than me.
I think a tree stand for rifle season could be a good idea. The down side would be when it's cold and windy and tryting to stay warm. But with good planning and the right clothes, I think it's very do-able.

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