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#3504827 - 12/17/13 03:03 PM Equipment Questions
Bulldog25
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Hoping to get lucky on some deals after Christmas and pick up some stuff for next season and I had some questions and looking for opinions.

1. Compound Bow vs Crossbow

2. Ladder vs Lock On vs Climber. Originally I thought I would get a ladder or lock on stand but the climber seems like it would be more beneficial so I could change my spots easily but I have never used one before.

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#3505013 - 12/17/13 05:27 PM Re: Equipment Questions [Re: Bulldog25]
Nhill
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Compound vs crossbow is a pure preference decision. A crossbow will take less practice and dedication to shoot, and you will get s little more range out of it.

A lock on or ladder stand is great for leaving a stand in one place, but if I had to choose one I would definitely go with a climber. You should be somewhat in shape to use a climber though.
Whatever you use, you will absolutely need a safety harness.

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#3505020 - 12/17/13 05:36 PM Re: Equipment Questions [Re: Nhill]
Bulldog25
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I've heard compounds are easier to maintain so I was leaning towards them, is that true? But I am a lefty and if someone else wanted to use my bow they wouldn't be able to so I was originally thinking crossbow.

I guess the better question would be if you had to choose to own only one stand what would it be? Ladder, lock on, or climber.

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#3505049 - 12/17/13 06:01 PM Re: Equipment Questions [Re: Bulldog25]
roadracer
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Not sure about the "wheeled" version of crossbows but my Excalibur is very easy to maintain. I have it for my daughter and generally hunt with a compound. I have a Rush and a Diamond. Other than new strings occasionally and a good once over by a factory trained tech not much to them.

I have all three types of stands. Each has its place with the climber being most versatile for me. I have been using ground blinds a lot lately and really like the quick set up and convenience.
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#3505061 - 12/17/13 06:11 PM Re: Equipment Questions [Re: Bulldog25]
Football Hunter
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 Originally Posted By: Bulldog25
I've heard compounds are easier to maintain so I was leaning towards them, is that true? But I am a lefty and if someone else wanted to use my bow they wouldn't be able to so I was originally thinking crossbow.

I guess the better question would be if you had to choose to own only one stand what would it be? Ladder, lock on, or climber.
Only one?No brainer,climber.
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#3505148 - 12/17/13 07:06 PM Re: Equipment Questions [Re: Football Hunter]
Vermin93
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It's my opinion that in Tennessee your first treestand should be a climber.

If you plan to let others shoot and hunt with your bow then definitely a crossbow. Compound bows should not be shared unless you want to deal with the dreaded "buddy-fire".
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#3505215 - 12/17/13 07:35 PM Re: Equipment Questions [Re: Vermin93]
Todd Bell
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i shoot a barnett crossbow. im also left handed so when my son or 12 year old brother wants to go its easy to explain and is one size fits all. I prefer lock on stands. there isnt any sweating involoved climbing the tree and i feel like they are more concealed and tall than a ladder stand.
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#3505242 - 12/17/13 07:50 PM Re: Equipment Questions [Re: Todd Bell]
slagtown_dfa
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A compound is definitely more enjoyable to shoot and more challenging/satisfying when you kill a deer. As far as a stand the climber is the way to go if you hunt several different spots. I would suggest a summit over all the others.
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#3505359 - 12/17/13 09:02 PM Re: Equipment Questions [Re: slagtown_dfa]
Bulldog25
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Was leaning towards the climber just wanted some opinions. I already have 2 ladder stands.
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#3506026 - 12/18/13 11:15 AM Re: Equipment Questions [Re: Bulldog25]
Winchester
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For a single stand the climber hands down, you can always add some loc ons or ladders later on. Compound for me, don't like much of anything about a xgun myself.
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