Favorite deer stand

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I was hunting a property new to me and the first barrier was having to cross a 30 yard wide creek. The second was having to climb 750 feet uphill before reaching the top and a fairly flat plateau. Just below the top was a 150 ft wide bench with an old overgrown apple orchard with large pines above it. I hunted through the apple orchard which was full of buck rubs and deer tracks. At the end of the orchard the brush thinned into open maple tree woods which then dropped off down to anther bench with a major deer trail. Since prevailing wind was from the orchard to the open woods I found a large maple tree and cleared all the leaf and wood litter away. First year I sat on the ground on a cushion. Killed a 7 point with my bow on the second sit after watching a parade of does but no bucks on first set. Opening day of gun season I took an 8 point and a doe both by 7:30 am and was tagged out for the season. My son got me a backpack fold out chair which got me up off the ground and gave me a much better view of the trail down the hill. I have hunted this stand for 4 years now and have taken 10 deer from this spot. Shots are from 20 to 80 yards all from the ground. Good hunting.
 
Have a number of permanent stands on our place, but one particular stand consistently produces more quality bucks than the others. Location is next to a heavily traveled property line and funnel area. Like to think of it as an intersection of two major interstate highways....traffic is quite heavy. Below pics give you an idea .

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Beautiful pics all, down in South jersey, I've only ever hunted public land, so I'm s bit envious of the permanent stands. Each year I find some Deadfall next to a heavily traveled intersection and try my luck. Here was my spot last year tucked into a Deadfall along a trail intersection dropping into the swamp. Deer were there but totally nocturnal, it was the last week of theseason, I hunted til last light Of the last day of the last of the permit season. Just mE and the birds last year.
 

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I go opposite of many folks. I like a very low blind or stand. It keeps me hidden, and if I do things properly I can set up and fidget all day long until I see fur. For rifles I used to sit on hillsides looking over crop fields but that seems boring and easy to me now. I prefer to add another element of difficulty by limiting range by using handguns, so low with short sight works… but where I used to hunt we had so many deer you were almost guaranteed to see something every trip.
 
For a Texas stand that one is pretty ghetto.

I don’t know anytime you have to factor in the cost of pouring a slab for your deer stand, that’s pretty top shelf.

Even our biggest one doesn’t have any flat work.

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Favorite deer stand...,

For me, it's the ground. I hunt a portion of a farm that was too hilly for the farmer to raise crops, so he let the timber remain, and takes out a tree from time to time for firewood (or more often a storm knocks over a tree and he uses that) So I am looking down, but I'm against a tree trunk to break up my outline, etc. So far haven't needed elevation.

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Favorite deer stand...,

For me, it's the ground. I hunt a portion of a farm that was too hilly for the farmer to raise crops, so he let the timber remain, and takes out a tree from time to time for firewood (or more often a storm knocks over a tree and he uses that) So I am looking down, but I'm against a tree trunk to break up my outline, etc. So far haven't needed elevation.

LD

I like hunting from the ground as well. I really enjoy still hunting these days and haven't been in an elevated stand in years.
 
The older I get the more I don’t mind sitting in a blind, especially in nasty weather. Not as exciting to me as sneaking up on them though.
 
Man, there are some beauties.

I have a simple cantilevered 2X8 framed platform 90 feet from my garage.

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The camo around is not to hide me from the deer. ( I'm 20 feet up) but to hide me from neighbors.

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Back many years ago I use to climb a tree with no ladder or spikes and sit on a limb for hours. Now days it's a 4x4 box blind with sliding windows and a good roof. Got a little propane heater if it's cold enough...
 
Back many years ago I use to climb a tree with no ladder or spikes and sit on a limb for hours. Now days it's a 4x4 box blind with sliding windows and a good roof. Got a little propane heater if it's cold enough...

I'm the same. I took down 2 ladder stands earlier this year with the intent of cleaning them up and then putting them back up...they're still sitting in the barn.

On a side note I did add 2 green LED lights and a new side window to the box blind. Now I'm looking at new swivel chairs and possibly a set of drink holders..This weekend I'll finish putting the food plot in. I figure if a deer doesn't want to come by the box blind to get to the food plot and persimmon trees he can just remain un-shot as far as I'm concerned.
 
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