Deer Hunting - From a "Level Playing Field"

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This may seem like a super simple tip and one that requires little brain use but if you are a hunter that uses a climbing stand and you hunt the same trees fairly often – consider making a mental note (or a recorded one, I store mine inside my cell phone) as to what setting your stand should be on – for tree diameter – so that when you climb the tree and reach the appropriate hunting height – the stand is level or at least canted the way you like it.

I have about 12 trees that I climb fairly often and this helps me quite a bit.

Trees have varying degrees of taper and that really creates a situation where you have to guess – when you are setting up your stand on the tree – as to where to set the angle of your stand.

This problem is exacerbated even further when it is dark and you are fumbling with your stand adjustments.

I primarily use a Summit stand with a cable system and I simply count the numbers of crimped sections that are outside of the locks… so for the tree I climbed this morning, I knew I needed a 4 for the upper section and a 5 for the lower section and then, at 18 feet, my stand is level (I have a 20’ pull rope and use that as a climbing gauge) and I can then hunt from a level stand.

For the Summit - and this part is great - it does not matter if I have one crimp out on one side and three on the other (for a total of four) or four out on one side.... it is still the same!

I also have a blade style climber that I use periodically – I just list this as a 4 (for instance) and then I put the bolt and wing nut in the fourth hole from the end of the square tubing.

I make GoogleEarth maps of all of the areas that I hunt and will often also record these measurements on the map so I do not even need to reference the cell phone at the base of the tree… I just look at the map before I go and as long as I climb the correct tree… set the stand to that setting and up you go!

Try this – if you often climb the same tree – and see if it does not help you.

For stands other than Summit or blade style climbers… I am not sure how this will work… maybe you could mark the exterior of the chain, belt or whatever the gripping / securing system is… or perhaps count the links if it is a chain, etc…

Be careful out there and good luck!

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ManOfTheFall's picture

Thanks for the tip. I don't

Thanks for the tip. I don't use climbers but if I ever do I will keep this in mind.

groovy mike's picture

who knew?

Jim:

It might be super simple to you and guys that routinely use tree stands.  But it isn't obvious to those of us new to using them.  I don't use a tree stand much so this was a very good tip for me.  It was not something obvious at all.  In fact, I hadn't even considered changing the angle of my stands.  I didn't even know that there was an option to change the angle.  I suspect that it may not be on ladder type stands at all.  Those are the ones that I resently have, but I have made a mental note to be aware of this in case I ever get or even use a climbing stand.

Thanks for the tip!

Mike