The process of finding the right tree for a tree stand is one of the most important steps in the hunt. You must find the right location for the stand. Then find the tree that best fits your stand. Finally you need to find the tree that is big enough to hold your stand and you. So it is understandable that the process of finding the right tree can be a little stressful. Here are some easy tips to finding that perfect tree.
Finding the right location for your tree stand is crucial for the entire hunt. To begin this process the hunter first needs to look at the area that is going to be hunted and look for choke points. A great way to do this is look for areas where the land naturally slopes to a valley. Placing a hunter in a tree with a good view of the entire valley the options for a shot open up greatly. Another good place for a tree stand is just off of a food plot. If the hunter is able to position themselves just off the edge of the plot with a good view of a lot of the plot and the surrounding tree lines there are many opportunities for a good shot. Now if a hunter is able to find an area with a natural dip in the land and it happens to be on a food plot this spot would be great for a hunt.
Now the hunter needs to look for the right tree to hang a stand. First thing a hunter needs to look for in a tree is the right diameter of the tree. Many tree stands, such as the API Outdoors® Alumi-Tech® Quest Climbing Treestand, have a narrow set of teeth to anchor the stand against the tree. So getting a tree that is too big around is out of the question. Usually a tree around 10” in diameter is a good fit for these kinds of tree stands. This diameter allows the stand ample area to bite into the tree while at the same time giving the person sitting in the stand enough support to keep them in the tree. At the same time while finding the right shape and size tree the hunter will also need to look out for dead and rotting trees. If the tree seems to be a “little” dead it should be immediately marked off a list of suitable trees. These trees are dangerous because of the tendency for the upper trunk of the tree to look perfectly suitable while the base of the tree could be rotten and hollow making it a danger. One other dangers that hunters need to be aware of when putting up a tree stand are widow makers, dead limbs in the tree that have not yet fallen to the ground. These limbs can fall when a hunter is setting up the tree stand or when the hunter is climbing into the stand for their hunt. This falling limb can cause serious injury to anyone who is hit. So when finding your tree, be sure to trim any dead or dying limbs from the tree so on opening day there will be no worrying about falling limbs.
Now that you have found the right tree and got your stand set up it is time for the anchors. These are usually ribbon cords that come with the stands used to tie around the tree in order to keep the stand as steady as possible and make movement easier while in the stand. These cords are one of the few safety installments in the tree so having them is a must. Besides the anchoring cords it is also a good idea to have a harness for the hunter that is attached to the tree in case of an accident. A great harness is the Big Game Treestands EZ-ON Basic Safety Harness. These safety harnesses come with straps to attach a hunter into a tree safely and have quick releases so when a shot is made the hunter can pursue in a timely manner. This specific harness also comes equipped with a drag loop so when a hunter has harvested big game they can then drag the animal efficiently.
Now that the tree is found, the stand is up and the hunter is safely harnessed, there is one last chore. When in the tree before opening day look around and see what is obscuring the view of the surrounding area. If there is a low hanging tree branch cutting your sight to the edge of the small valley, and it is personal property being hunted, go cut the limb so the view is perfect. This is the time to make all the last minute adjustments before the big day. Finally now that all the chores are done it is time to go hunting. Check out Bass Pro's treestands here: http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Navigation?storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&searchTerm=treestands As always happy hunting and good luck!