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#2454056 - 07/22/11 10:38 PM Climbing Stix or Screw In Steps?
Team Yuma
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Looking for some advice here........I have several new lock on stands this year that I got for an unbelievable deal. Now, I'm trying to decide am I better off getting the Big Game 20' climbing sticks or should I just go with screw ins. I'm trying to stay within a price range, but if feedback for the climbing sticks are good, I'd just roll with those.
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#2454134 - 07/23/11 05:53 AM Re: Climbing Stix or Screw In Steps? [Re: Team Yuma]
Bottom Hunter
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That's all that I use.

If I am not on the ground or in a ladder stand , then I'm using a climbing stick to get to my loc-ons.

I never liked putting holes in trees, especially trees that don't belong to me. I think that climbing sticks are much safer by design than screw in steps....

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#2455045 - 07/24/11 04:06 AM Re: Climbing Stix or Screw In Steps? [Re: Bottom Hunter]
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I use screw in steps on any private land that I have access to. I like the fact that they are not very noticeable in the woods. If I am concerned about theft, I will remove the bottom 4 steps. I also tend to space out the first 10 feet of steps in a way that makes it too difficult for most people to climb.

The only way you can get a good deal on the screw ins is to buy in bulk. Keystone offers bulk boxes.

I'd speculate my average tree has $40-$50 worth of steps on it if you want to run the math on the sticks to compare.
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#2455053 - 07/24/11 05:43 AM Re: Climbing Stix or Screw In Steps? [Re: Poser]
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i'd go with sticks. i used to buy the 16' sticks from rural king for around 35 bucks. i seen the other day they had 20' sticks for 54 so they must have changed brands and went up on price. i probably have 4 diff sets just sitting around.
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#2457749 - 07/26/11 01:41 PM Re: Climbing Stix or Screw In Steps? [Re: rem270]
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 Originally Posted By: rem270
i'd go with sticks. i used to buy the 16' sticks from rural king for around 35 bucks. i seen the other day they had 20' sticks for 54 so they must have changed brands and went up on price. i probably have 4 diff sets just sitting around.


For me, 16 feet would only get me half way up the tree!
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#2457856 - 07/26/11 04:53 PM Re: Climbing Stix or Screw In Steps? [Re: Poser]
jakeway
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Sticks are much safer. I've had a couple screw in steps pull out, but I've never fallen from a climbing stick or ladder.
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#2469568 - 08/05/11 07:20 PM Re: Climbing Stix or Screw In Steps? [Re: jakeway]
DntBrnDPig
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Not to mention the work of screwing in those steps. If you are looking for a good work out hanging stands, the screw in steps are for you.

For me, since they were such a pain in the arse, once my stand was up I was really hesitant about moving it. With climbing sticks, moving is not an issue.
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#2469582 - 08/05/11 07:31 PM Re: Climbing Stix or Screw In Steps? [Re: DntBrnDPig]
BowGuy84
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sticks...20 ft then a few screw ins to get you a little higher if you want.
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#2469621 - 08/05/11 08:03 PM Re: Climbing Stix or Screw In Steps? [Re: DntBrnDPig]
stik
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 Originally Posted By: DntBrnDPig
Not to mention the work of screwing in those steps. If you are looking for a good work out hanging stands, the screw in steps are for you.

For me, since they were such a pain in the arse, once my stand was up I was really hesitant about moving it. With climbing sticks, moving is not an issue.


battery powered drill and screw-ins are a breeze.
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#2469891 - 08/06/11 03:09 AM Re: Climbing Stix or Screw In Steps? [Re: stik]
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 Originally Posted By: stik
 Originally Posted By: DntBrnDPig
Not to mention the work of screwing in those steps. If you are looking for a good work out hanging stands, the screw in steps are for you.

For me, since they were such a pain in the arse, once my stand was up I was really hesitant about moving it. With climbing sticks, moving is not an issue.


battery powered drill and screw-ins are a breeze.


I have gotten pretty quick at cranking them in by hand.
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#2470192 - 08/06/11 01:17 PM Re: Climbing Stix or Screw In Steps? [Re: BowGuy84]
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 Originally Posted By: BowGuy84
sticks...20 ft then a few screw ins to get you a little higher if you want.


This is what I do. I may have a total of 5 in when I am done, and one of those is to hang my pack on.
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#2470762 - 08/07/11 12:52 AM Re: Climbing Stix or Screw In Steps? [Re: DntBrnDPig]
stryker
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screw in's have always worked for me. I just need to get the attachment for my drill and I'll probably like them even better. They can be a pain to get started but once started it's easy. IMO
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#2472981 - 08/08/11 09:07 PM Re: Climbing Stix or Screw In Steps? [Re: stryker]
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For $24 for 3 Guide Gear sticks at Sportsman's Guide, You can run 20+ feet up for $50. They are solid. If you're gonna spend the same money, I'd go with the sticks. My thought is that I really don't want to kill any trees on my place unless they're going for timber. I hung 2 new stands with enough sticks to hit 22 feet and I think I spent a grand total of around $200. I also found in a comparison that I like Guide Gear better than Big Game.
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#2473568 - 08/09/11 10:46 AM Re: Climbing Stix or Screw In Steps? [Re: Greg M]
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 Originally Posted By: gmckinney626
For $24 for 3 Guide Gear sticks at Sportsman's Guide, You can run 20+ feet up for $50. They are solid. If you're gonna spend the same money, I'd go with the sticks. My thought is that I really don't want to kill any trees on my place unless they're going for timber. I hung 2 new stands with enough sticks to hit 22 feet and I think I spent a grand total of around $200. I also found in a comparison that I like Guide Gear better than Big Game.


You won't kill any trees with screw in steps. I have placed them in 100s of trees for short periods of time to 4+ years and have never seen a tree show any signs of long term damage.
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