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
I could see the small band of mule deer picking their way towards me through the sagebrush 800 plus yards away. With my 10 power binoculars I spotted a legal buck bringing up the tail. I dropped down and crouched behind a large chunk of sage just waiting for them to pass within range. Unfortunately, they stopped and began milling around before finally settling down, with a few of them laying down right out in the open. They were not going to come to me; if I wanted any closer, I'd...