Why I love my Tree Stand
By: Blake Anderson from Huntertreestands.com
I am excited about hunting season as it draws closer. I have been target practicing and checked my back pack, sharpened knives and have everything lined up ready to go. I always keep my hunting equipment all in one spot so that way I don’t forget anything.
I have a ladder tree stand that is perfect, comfortable and yes I have checked to make sure it is still secure. Of course I have already sat in it for a couple of days to check out the deer population in the area and to my smiling face, they are still around and are healthy.
I have hunted from the ground in the past and even though I have always bagged a deer being on the ground can prove to be too noisy. No matter how still you sit under a tree you are going to rustle leaves or make noises in dry crunchy snow. Not to mention deer, as you know, have a keen sense of smell.
Being not too fond of heights, I tried a ladder tree stand several years ago and I haven’t hunted from the ground since. I have the advantage over my target as I am up high and I see the deer before he sees me. You really can’t make a sound in a tree stand as much as you would hunting on the ground either. Of course using scent, but not too much, helps. The first time I bagged my deer from a tree stand I will never go back to ground hunting again.
In fact, the advantage of using a deer stand can help you bag your two deer limit one right after the other as where there is one deer there is another sure to follow. After bagging my deer I sit or stand in my stand and wait and listen. Sure enough another deer is coming right behind, a little more wary and skittish of course, however, this is when some deer get careless.
Having the advantage of being above your target gives you a better shot, a better angle and the ability to be quieter than if you were on the ground. The way you have your tree stand set up you are giving yourself a clear shot when the deer walk under you or near you.
I have a cover with my tree stand which also aids in my blending in with the trees and keeping me out of the rain or snow. Generally speaking, I do not hunt in the rain as the deer are hunkered down somewhere out of the weather. However, there are those days when it starts out perfect and a squall comes up especially if you are hunting in the mountains. Tree stand blinds also help hide your scent as you are not out in the open, so to speak.
Happy and safe hunting this year everyone may you bag your limit on the first day.