I have hang on's, climbers and ladder stands. I use them all depending on the situation.
When I take my wife or daughter I put the ladder stand up and connect a lock on stand right next to it. I climb up first and get on the lock on, then they come up and stay on the ladder platform. Can't beat a climber for the ability to move locations anytime.
I have all three, I really dont like ladder stands, I sit to far away from the tree, and I feel that if I can see them easily, so can the deer Although I feel safer having my wife in the ladder stand. I like hangers because you can put them in trees that have branches hanging out below you, and get some great cover. I like my climber because I can get into new locations without the hassle of hanging a stand, and steps or ladders, and it give me opertunity to hunt different locations while still scouting. The thing that I don't like about my climber, is that if I need to get down quick such as see a deer in the distance that I want to stalk, it is not easy to get down, and sometimes kinda noisy
Winter is tough on whitetails, that is an accepted fact.
You can help the quality of your herd by providing winter plots - that are not necessarily designed as kill plots.
Having what I call green plots - that the deer can browse in when most of the other food is gone, can greatly benefit the deer herd when they need it most.
Come December - at least in our area of the south - most of the mast is gone, all of the crops were long harvested and this green browse can really make the difference for...