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Lung Buster
04-09-2011, 02:07 AM
What kind of tree stands do you guys prefer? I have a lone wolf sit climb that I use during bow season because I can move where ever i need to! During gun seasons I use ladderstands because in jersey we can bait soyou don't have to move much!

04-09-2011, 06:22 AM
I prefer aluminum hang-on stands(Gorilla,API)and screw in steps for mobility purposes. Very few of my locations have trees straight enough for a climber. Sometimes I can use ladder sticks but imlimited with then. Screw in steps are not allowed on public land in MI.

for the first 4-5 yrs of bowhunting,i used ladderstands for the extra security(i was scared of heights),but wanted more freedom to move so I sucked it up and started using hang-on's.

04-09-2011, 06:33 AM
i like the two piece climber my self for the portability. if you go with the climber practice with it first learn how to set it up and always remember trees get narrower the higher you go up. there nothing worse then climbing up and have climb down because your cables were to loose. i love my summit viper. light the most comfy thing i have used except my recliner and loads of accs.

04-09-2011, 07:02 AM
I have 2 climbers, one is an Ol'man 2 pc steel unit, very easy to use and very quiet but its pretty heavy, its only used on private property where I can just leave it attached to the bottom of the tree and don't have to worry about it walking off. The other is an old Warren & Sweat light weight aluminum 2 pc that I use when I find a hot spot and need to get setup quick before it goes cold. I also have a Gorrila hang on with 18' climbing sticks, I haven't used it in probably 2 years, nice comfy stand but I just feel more secure in a climber with the wrap around rail on the seat part.

I also have a pop up blind, used it one time and didn't like the enclosed feeling, so I let dad use it when he started hunting again this past year, dosen't look like I will get it back :D

Simple Life
04-09-2011, 10:03 AM
I use a ladder,just feels more stable.Gonna try a hang on this year in a my other spot.

04-11-2011, 06:41 PM
depends on where i'm hunting. i mostly use an api grand slam climbing stand to both bow and gun hunt. use a ladder stand when i can't find a good tree (i.e. straight, or thick foliage area) to put climber in.

04-11-2011, 07:29 PM
My favorite setup is a hang on stand with climbing sticks,also use ladder stands.

04-12-2011, 03:35 AM
My favorite setup is a hang on stand with climbing sticks,also use ladder stands.

X2 Speedykills...I hope everyone is using a climbing line and harness. The first time you go up a tree (the most dangerous) should be the time you set up your life line(climbing line) and always stay hooked on either to the line or your tree strap; going up, hunting and coming down. I had a buddy fall and he ended up making Field and Stream magazine.
The article was called "Tree Stand Nightmare"...he broke his pelvis and impaled himself on a climbing step among several other injuries and ended up crawling out of the woods after 4 days of exposure, darn near died. He was setting stands and was unhooked. We should all have a knife on our harness and a step in line. If you fall you don't want to hang too long and cut off circulation. Take a length of good grade climbing rope and tie it into your harness so it can be tied like a rope step attached to both sides of your harness belt.
If hanging you can tie it to both hips to form a U under your feet step into the U to relieve pressure on your harness contact points. Be Safe and Hunt Long. :p

Hutch~n~Son Archery
04-13-2011, 12:12 PM
I have a ladder stand. My son has a hang on, and I think we will weld up a few more hang on's.


04-13-2011, 05:25 PM
3 ladders stands (1 is a bench seat for two) and one steel tripod with swivel chair (absolutely silent). The single ladder stands are easily moved. The bench seat is quite heavy and the tripod is a monster to move (must have room to raise and move so you have cover - actually a pain in the butt). I drag these two with my ATV.