Discussion in 'Hunting' started by whelen, Jan 1, 2007.
What is the proper height for a stand, is there one or do you just put it up aroun 10--12 feet
I usually try to get at least 12 to 15 feet up. If I can find a good tree, I'll climb 20 feet or a little better. I don't like to get too high because I don't like the downward angle of the shot from a high stand.
I have a brother in law with a hut mounted on telephone poles. 32 feet from the ground, to the bottom of the platform. You can see a lot of ground, but to me, that's just too much.
15-16 Feet for Me....
but 10-12 should be fine too. ALWAYS wear a safety harness when hunting from a treestand, the Hunter Safety System is the best one I've used.
my stands are placed depending on terrain. If I'm hunting a gully or low spot, I'll place them a little higher so deer won't be looking eye to eye with me if they come down the slope. Most areas I hunt are flatlands of southern NJ so I put my stands about 15 to 20 feet high. Seems to be a good height. I have friends that won't hunt below 25 feet. I think that is a little excessive for where we hunt though.
At 10-12 feet, you can see more, but deer can also see you pretty easily. If you're high enough (20 feet plus), they typically won't look upward depending on how far away they are. Also, if you're at maybe 20 feet plus, your scent will usually drift higher (depending on conditions).
I watched a video maybe 12-15 years ago by a guy from Stoney Point Productions. Showed what a difference there is once you get to 20 feet plus. This guy typically went to 30 feet.
I've gotten to the point that I gave away my climbing steps and use a climbing stand (I use a Tree Lounge). I always use a harness. I know 3 guys that have fallen out of stands. Tree Lounge climbs fast, easy, and it's almost impossible to fall out of.
I spend alot of time in trees, bowhunting for whitetails. Anywhere from 8 to 20 feet or so depending on the set-up.
The height of the stand is not as important as some other factors. ie get that stand positioned so that you have screening cover in front or behind you to break up your outline. Look at how a rising or setting sun will light you up or skyline you. I like to get my stands in some shadows and with larger limbs or forked trunk behind me, lighter branches in front with enough openings to shoot thru.
It helps to have a buddy go with you. Take turns sitting in, and walking up to the stand on the main deer trails. You might be surprised to see just how much you stick out when you think you're being stealthy.
My tree-stand buddy and I help each other trim branches with a pole saw/pruner and fine tune the set up. also easier and safer to have somebody with you when setting up at a new location.
I would think that 10-15 feet would work fine, depending on the tree, cover, and terrain.
This weekend I took a deer with a revolver from about 25 yards away from a 9 foot tripod stand. The deer acted a little spooked when they first showed up - I think they could smell me - but they quickly settled down and wandered as close as 15 yards. The tripod was back in some trees and I was wearing a leafy suit and had some camo net around me. We don't have many trees big enough for tree stands where I was hunting, so we use tripods if we need to be really close.
Too many variables to give a "one size fits all" answer.....type of tree stand, tree, terrain, etc. We generally go about 20' and have a couple that are 35'. Have never made by deer in the higher ones, lower stands it's more of an issue.
I built a "tree condo" on my property. I call it that, because you can stand (surrounded by railings and safety ropes), and move around, looking in all directions(its about 50 square feet). It's also downwind (prevailing winds) of most of the deer trails, where I'd expect to see the deer. I chose this spot for convenience, mainly because I can get in there with my ATV (to haul lumber, and I stood on the ATV to build it). Additionally, its triangular, because theres's 3 heavy tree trunks to attach everything to. Its about 15' off the ground. I also cut away a few branches (and some nearby brush) that blocked my view.
Also, pray painted some florescent orange randomly on it and around it....we have quite a few yahoos around here!
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