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#237856 - 05/17/07 08:57 PM bowhunting climber
rack'em up
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i've got a summit viper but the bar in front gets in my way when i bowhunt.are they any good bowhunting climbers out there?thanks.

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#238143 - 05/18/07 07:44 AM Re: bowhunting climber [Re: rack'em up]
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Yes sir, loggy bayou is the best I have found to bowhunt out of. There's absolutely nothing to get in the way, seat folds up when you stand up, rubber grips the tree and leaves no sign of where you have climbed, very quite with a little tweaking, can be used as a loc on as well as a climber, very lightweight, not for everyone but I have been using them for 20+ years and love them.
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#238186 - 05/18/07 08:27 AM Re: bowhunting climber [Re: Winchester]
Radar
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I love my Summit Open Shot .At 14lbs. , it's light to carry as well as comfortable .
Sitting shots are easy .
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#239874 - 05/20/07 08:15 PM Re: bowhunting climber [Re: Radar]
DTG
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api gs 3400 series front bar falls out of the way comfortable too.
got a lone wolf sit/climb cool if you weigh less than 170lbs seat not comfortable at all on me
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#241018 - 05/21/07 10:43 PM Re: bowhunting climber [Re: DTG]
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I just keep the upper part of my stand lower to begin with to eliminat this problem when bowhunting.....works for me.
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#241662 - 05/22/07 05:09 PM Re: bowhunting climber [Re: Boone 58]
LY
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 Originally Posted By: camoman270
I just keep the upper part of my stand lower to begin with to eliminat this problem when bowhunting.....works for me.


Ditto for me too, I'm too afraid of dozing off to hunt without some sort of bar. Besides I usually hear them coming and standup and get ready before they can see me.

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#242307 - 05/23/07 05:34 AM Re: bowhunting climber [Re: Radar]
TennBuck
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 Originally Posted By: Radar
I love my Summit Open Shot .At 14lbs. , it's light to carry as well as comfortable .
Sitting shots are easy .

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#258703 - 06/08/07 06:09 PM Re: bowhunting climber [Re: TennBuck]
kasey
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#262987 - 06/12/07 04:34 PM Re: bowhunting climber [Re: kasey]
Brad Martin
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I can't decide if the lighter weight(openshot) or the extra comfort(viper) is better. I only have the viper so... what is your thoughts?
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#263674 - 06/13/07 06:58 AM Re: bowhunting climber [Re: Brad Martin]
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At 14 lbs. , the Summit Open Shot is the best climber for bowhunting that I have used .
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#265842 - 06/15/07 07:01 AM Re: bowhunting climber [Re: Radar]
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Summit Razor or Open Shot
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#267304 - 06/16/07 03:55 PM Re: bowhunting climber [Re: Radar]
mississippi
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 Originally Posted By: Radar
I love my Summit Open Shot .At 14lbs. , it's light to carry as well as comfortable .
Sitting shots are easy .
i got one of those also. i am about 210 though, and it being a hand climber seems to take a toll on me by the time i get up the tree. i bought it for the light weight, but i just dont know if i like it or not due the climbing part. once i get it up there, it sits fine. what are your thoughts on this radar?
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#267393 - 06/16/07 06:56 PM Re: bowhunting climber [Re: mississippi]
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 Originally Posted By: mississippi
 Originally Posted By: Radar
I love my Summit Open Shot .At 14lbs. , it's light to carry as well as comfortable .
Sitting shots are easy .
i got one of those also. i am about 210 though, and it being a hand climber seems to take a toll on me by the time i get up the tree. i bought it for the light weight, but i just dont know if i like it or not due the climbing part. once i get it up there, it sits fine. what are your thoughts on this radar?

Make sure you are resting your forearms on top of the hand climber just above waist level ,and pulling your stand up with your legs . The mistake some hunters make is trying to put the hand climber over their heads and doing a pull up with it .
You will wear yourself out climbing that way .
I weigh about 220 lbs. and don't have any problems climbing .
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#267609 - 06/16/07 10:44 PM Re: bowhunting climber [Re: Radar]
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ole man grand vision comfy stable versitile, but lock ons more productive because of noise setting up
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#267937 - 06/17/07 09:09 AM Re: bowhunting climber [Re: Radar]
TennBuck
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 Originally Posted By: Radar
 Originally Posted By: mississippi
 Originally Posted By: Radar
I love my Summit Open Shot .At 14lbs. , it's light to carry as well as comfortable .
Sitting shots are easy .
i got one of those also. i am about 210 though, and it being a hand climber seems to take a toll on me by the time i get up the tree. i bought it for the light weight, but i just dont know if i like it or not due the climbing part. once i get it up there, it sits fine. what are your thoughts on this radar?

Make sure you are resting your forearms on top of the hand climber just above waist level ,and pulling your stand up with your legs . The mistake some hunters make is trying to put the hand climber over their heads and doing a pull up with it .
You will wear yourself out climbing that way .
I weigh about 220 lbs. and don't have any problems climbing .


agree! i'm 217 with no problem.
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#269148 - 06/18/07 01:24 PM Re: bowhunting climber [Re: Radar]
BZ911
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summit razor climber!! the front bar lowers out of your way...
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#274260 - 06/22/07 03:12 PM Re: bowhunting climber [Re: BZ911]
Barrett
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Any summit stand is your best bet, I have the summit cobra, it is an open front stand. If I were you I would look into the summit broadhead ss
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#275115 - 06/23/07 08:13 PM Re: bowhunting climber [Re: Barrett]
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 Originally Posted By: Bad_Deer24
Any summit stand is your best bet, I have the summit cobra, it is an open front stand. If I were you I would look into the summit broadhead ss


I had the Summit Broadhead and exchanged it for the Open Shot . I was squeeking when I shifted my weight on the bottom platform .
I like the Open shot much better .
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#275143 - 06/23/07 09:08 PM Re: bowhunting climber [Re: Radar]
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 Originally Posted By: Radar
 Originally Posted By: mississippi
 Originally Posted By: Radar
I love my Summit Open Shot .At 14lbs. , it's light to carry as well as comfortable .
Sitting shots are easy .
i got one of those also. i am about 210 though, and it being a hand climber seems to take a toll on me by the time i get up the tree. i bought it for the light weight, but i just dont know if i like it or not due the climbing part. once i get it up there, it sits fine. what are your thoughts on this radar?

Make sure you are resting your forearms on top of the hand climber just above waist level ,and pulling your stand up with your legs . The mistake some hunters make is trying to put the hand climber over their heads and doing a pull up with it .
You will wear yourself out climbing that way .
I weigh about 220 lbs. and don't have any problems climbing .
This is the way I use mine.I had the same problem until I figured out how to use it.By the time I got up 20ft I was exhausted.
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#276268 - 06/24/07 11:23 PM Re: bowhunting climber [Re: fourwheeler431]
Adam Carter
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I have a grand slam bowhunter and I abosoultely love it. It is lighweight and it is open for unobstructed shooting.
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#276309 - 06/24/07 11:50 PM Re: bowhunting climber [Re: Adam Carter]
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AC - I love API's, but my g.s. bowhunter seems uncomfortable. The seat is too short from front to back, and I feel like I'm sliding forward even when I've angled the stand leaning backwards. I am slim and only weigh 170, so I can't figure it out. I'm thinking of just sawing off the railing of my regular grand slam and using it for bowhunting. Anybody else think it seems too small?
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#278627 - 06/26/07 04:01 PM Re: bowhunting climber [Re: gil1]
Phil Floyd
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I really like my Summit Open Shot, but I put the hand climber up as high as I can reach and pull myself up. I can climb up a lot quicker that way. Both ways work.

I also like the Lone Wold hand climber. It is a little pricey.
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#280238 - 06/27/07 08:16 PM Re: bowhunting climber [Re: Phil Floyd]
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If you already have a Viper, you're halfway there! Do like I did: look around for the top half of a Summit climber without the bar. I got the top half of a Bushman/bushmaster/whatever they called the thing. I paid $50 for it; now I use the Viper in gun season and the barless one for bow season.

Just be sure they;re from the right years so the parts fit together well; a few years ago the side pieces switched to curved, whereas they were straight before that.
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#286477 - 07/02/07 10:34 PM Re: bowhunting climber [Re: jakeway]
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Does the bar on the front of the Viper really ever get in the way. If so - tighten up the straps on the seat so it lowers the bar a little. If the bar is in the way of a bow shot - the shot is too close - let the deer walk a little further and get a better angle on it. I'll never hunt in an open front treestand anymore. I used to love my API Grand Slam Supreme - but love my Summit Goliath even better.
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#286632 - 07/03/07 06:23 AM Re: bowhunting climber [Re: TNhunter]
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What I like about the Open Shot for bowhunting , is the possibilty for sitting shots .
I shot a 10 point (came in quick in thick cover) from my Open Shot last season while sitting down . I never would have got a shot off in a climber with the bar in the front .
I had just enough time to snap the release on the loop , draw back and aim as he passed by my stand at 25 yards .
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#287638 - 07/03/07 08:29 PM Re: bowhunting climber [Re: Radar]
jakeway
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You can never get a stand that's perfect for every situation. I've shot deer from a sitting position from my API Grand Slam, but I was in a very brushy spot where the only shot I would get was directly to my left.

In situations where I have time to stand, I like having the bar of my Viper (I gave my API to my son when I got the Viper) set at about knee height, so I can stand and lean against the bar. I can still do that with the barless seat, but I have to lean against the side, and be sure that the top section is secure against the trunk.

The main reason I use the barless front in bow season is that it's so hot in early season, I need all the help I can get. The barless version with a simple strap seat I made is about 3 pounds lighter than the Viper version.

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#292272 - 07/08/07 11:41 AM Re: bowhunting climber [Re: Radar]
BZ911
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I love the summit razor. sit and climb plus the bar folds out of the way..
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