When it comes to hunting, having a secure and strategically well-placed tree stand gives you more chances of spotting a target. Tree stands are basically open or enclosed structures built to provide hunters a better vantage point. Picture a camera tripod which also gives that support of elevation and better view for a photographer to capture great shots. A tree stand technically does the same for a hunters although it is attached to a tree.
Tree stands are first commercially introduced back in 1970 and they are most commonly used in the Midwest and South to achieve the perfect kill shot. Over the years, there had been modifications on how to build a tree stands and overtime, people have come up with other tree stand designs. Several of which are the climbing stands and hanging stands but the ladder stand is the most popular and basic type.
Watch this to learn how to make a ladder tree stand.
You can check this video to see on how you can create a seat on your own.
Once you’ve learned and mastered the skills on building the basic ladder tree stand, you can incorporate your own modifications and come up with a new design. You can create a structure that would best suit your needs and for you to have a great hunting experience.
Now that you have successfully accomplished building your own tree stand, you are well on your way to having a great hunt. And as a bonus, we also bring you some of the few things to consider while you are hunting.
The location you have chosen must have a way to get in and out without spooking your target. You must consider sound and sight when looking for your perfect spot. Being able to stand without making too much commotion such as crunching noises of dry leaves is a big plus. You must also be able to conceal yourself effectively during the hunt.
Apart from building a sturdy tree stand, you must also keep in mind to use a harness or any other safety mechanism to your design. One out of three hunters suffer from a fall during hunting from a tree stand as recent statistics have revealed. And since hunters choose great heights to have a better view, falling from these heights can possibly cause death. Always make sure that you attach your harness properly before climbing to your tree stand.
Apart from that, wearing the perfect footwear for climbing is also a must. Invest on a footwear with great traction. This is extremely important so you can avoid slipping and falling during climbing or descending from your tree stand.
Another safety tip is to never allow yourself to fall asleep while on your tree stand. It is a fact that during hunting, you will be spending hours perched on your tree stand and exhaustion may kick in at anytime. Even if you’re secured by a safety harness, falling asleep while on your tree stand could still be dangerous. Since it is advisable to be with a hunting partner, having a person ensures you of a help anytime, especially that one who can keep you awake.
One of the most important things to consider is the location. This will not only give you the perfect view but also increase your chances for spotting more targets. To maximise your potential for a successful hunt, make sure that the location of your tree stand is close by a number of game trails.
Determine the perfect spot by monitoring the tracks and signs of the trail to know how often it is used for the hunt. A great location would also provide you of at least a view of 180 degrees. In this way you can see the whole game from afar and be able to prepare for the kill.
Building a tree stand may be a simple task to complete but you also must take in a lot of things into consideration. Your skill for building a sturdy structure, your ability to determine a perfect location and having a strategic plan in place will get you a higher chance of having a great hunting experience.
We hope that we shared with you more than enough information to get you going on building your own tree stand. If you feel that we have given you useful tips or you want to add more to what we have just discussed, let us know by putting in in our comment section. Until then, have fun in building your tree stand!
I am Kevin who is a founder of deerhuntingfield.com; Here at Deer Hunting Field, we want to teach and educate. Hunting is a passion which has existed in mankind since almost the beginning, and with the advent of the internet, we can now share information, tips, and more with each other faster than ever before. This is a crucial part of our philosophy.