Hunting in a tree stand allows a person to get up off the ground and out of the direct field of vision of game animals on the ground. There are many types of tree stands on the market today so finding the right tree stand for the hunter is a big deal. Here are some of the pros and cons of the three main types of tree stands for hunters.
Let’s start out with the simplest type of tree stand, the hanging stand. This type of stand is strapped to a tree with wide mesh straps or cables a set distance up the tree. A good example of this type of stand is the Big Game Platinum Collection Phoenix Fixed Treestand.
A big plus of these types of stands is that they are light and very easy to transport around a property. These stands are also very easy to set up with a simple ladder, this stand also only needs one person to set up with ease. Also the low profile of these stands is a lot less likely to spook game animals when set up closer to the opening day. Hunters in the stand also have a lower profile than other stands making it easier for them to blend into the background of the tree. A good example of this type of tree stand is the Big Game Treestands Platinum Series Bravada Fixed Position, with a low profile and wide footrest for hunters this is a great example of what a hanging tree stand should be.
The cons of this type of stand are fairly straight forward. The mobility of the hunter in this type of stands is severely limited. Also hunting a bow from one of these types of stands is many times harder than in other types of stands because of the limited mobility. This type of stand needs a separate set of straps for the tree when talking about having a safety harness for the hunter. Lastly this stand needs a small ladder to be attached to the tree so a hunter can get into the stand without having to resort to tree climbing. So a lower profile on the stand makes detection harder and ease of setup makes this stand great for the last minute hunter or someone who is hunting more wily game.
Next let’s look at one of the most complex types of tree stands, the climber stand. The stand is strapped around the tree then the footrest and a hand bar are used alternately to scoot the tree stand up the tree from the ground instead of anchoring the tree stand semi-permanently before the season. A good example of this type of tree stand is the API Outdoors Alumi-Tech Crusader Climbing Treestand.
The pros of this type of tree stand are numerous, first they don’t require a lot of time to set up before they can be hunted from. Another reason they are great is that they can be moved and set up into a new spot without a lot of effort, or the stand can be set up the day of opening season without creating a large amount of disturbance in the local area. These climber stands also have a large seat and area for a hunter to stand without compromising their safety. At the same time many of these types of stands have easy straps to put a safety harness through in order to keep hunters safer while in the stand. A good quality climber stand on the market right now is the Summit The Crush Series Viper SD Ultra Climbing Treestand, with a padded hand rail and easy to tighten fasteners on the stand this is great for the hunter that likes to change positions with ease.
Some of the cons of this type of stand are quite simple. These types of stands are much heavier than the hanging stands and are often times cumbersome to use for the inexperienced hunter. This of course is easily remedied with a lot of practice before the hunting season and some tips from an expert. Remember to tighten straps when at the appropriate height and check these straps continually throughout the day hunting.
Lastly let’s look at one of the oldest and most used types of tree stands, the ladder stand. These stands are built around a ladder in the base of the stand so getting into the stand is a breeze. A great ladder stand for hunting is the Big Game Treestands The Next Generation Stealth Ladder Stand.
The pros for this type of stand are many, including the ability to scale up these stands to hold multiple people. Another great feature of this type of stand is added support from the ladder, making the shooting platform all the more stable. This type of stand also has a wraparound bar for stability, this bar is great for stabilizing a rifle for younger hunters. The ability to bring another person like a youth into the stand is also a great advantage of the ladder stand. Also this type of tree stand can easily be converted into a tree blind in which the entire stand is wrapped in canvas or other material making it harder for game animals to see, smell and sense a person in the stand. A great example of this is the Big Game Treestands Venture 2-Person Ladder Stand paired with the Big Game Treestands The Big Buddy Ladder Blind Kit.
This set makes the blind nearly invisible to any game on the ground. There are a few cons when talking about the ladder stand though. The major one is the sheer bulk of the ladder stand makes it hard to set up by a single person, unless they have done this several times. Also the time required to set up the stand is substantial, usually more than half an hour to set up.
Now picking the right stand for a hunter should be a little easier. Pick out the skill level required to set up, the amount of time needed to set up and the features a hunter wants and the type of tree stand becomes a lot easier to choose. For simple, quick setup before opening day a hanging stand is a must. For quick setup on opening day and moving the stand throughout the day a climbing stand is a must. Finally for partner hunting with a youth or first time hunter a 2 seat ladder stand is needed. As always happy hunting and good luck!