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#3574434 - 02/03/14 08:50 PM Re: Bow Hunters: Stand of Choice? [Re: DixieCrafter]
Wes Parrish
16 Point

Registered: 06/12/02
Posts: 19470
Loc: Knoxville-Dover-Union City, TN

 Originally Posted By: DixieCrafter
Statistically the climbing stand is the safest stand to use (as long as you are tied in as you climb) according to the TMA studies.

I use them all!

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I use them all, including some not mentioned, which I believe are worthy of inclusion, especially for certain applications.

But if I were limited to a single stand, it would be a climber. And agree, for it to be safe, you must have your harness connected to the tree as you climb/descend. A weld can break, even on a Summit (I have had that happen, and it was a very scary situation even with my wearing a full body harness).

 Originally Posted By: DixieCrafter
Ladder stands work great! They can be heavy and cumbersome to get into place, and a little hard to put into place. They also give some folks a false sense of security and they don't use a safety harness. Ladder stand can also be a hard to bowhunt from. One plus that the ladder stands have going for them is easy up and down quietly!

Contrary to the opinion of many, I believe ladder stands are highly over-rated for most applications, and can in fact be the best way to ruin a great hunting spot. Their biggest appeal to me is "convenience", i.e. quick to get in and out. For bowhunting, I often prefer to be higher than most ladder stands can take me. Going up and down quietly? Some of the best hunting opportunities I've had (on those great cold mornings in late October and into November) were negated when the ladder stand made a loud popping metallic sound. I've had less problem with this with both climbers and hang-ons. It's ok to make a little noise, so long as it sounds kinda like a raccoon climbing a tree. But once you make a metallic sound, any deer that hears it is usually not coming closer.

Everything previously mentioned requires a tree. Sometimes we find great places to hunt that don't have a tree suitable for any "tree" stand.

Other options for taking a "stand" include tripods (yes, even for bowhunting), pop-up blinds (even building permanent ground blinds), not to mention, sometimes you can successfully take a "stand" simply sitting in a chair on the ground. If you require a "tree" to make a particular spot "huntable", you haven't considered all your options. And to the best of my knowledge, some of the greatest bowhunters of times past, like Fred Bear, Saxton Pope, Art Young, never once used a modern "tree" stand.

#3574529 - 02/03/14 10:12 PM Re: Bow Hunters: Stand of Choice? [Re: Wes Parrish]
10 Point

Registered: 08/21/12
Posts: 3542
Loc: maury county tn

I also have tripods. I agree with you in a sense wes.. ladder stands CAN ruin a spot. imo if you get them in early and the main thing is not to over hunt them I think your alright. I agree some do make noise. imo there is a spot for every single stand out there we use way more ladder stands. and do very well with them.

#3574959 - 02/04/14 11:28 AM Re: Bow Hunters: Stand of Choice? [Re: deerhunter10]
8 Point

Registered: 08/23/05
Posts: 1520
Loc: Charlotte, Tennessee

Millenium M100 is my only stand now. Used to have a Summit Viper, but after two seasons with the Millenium I sold the Viper. I have a small piece of property to hunt so I use 3 mounting brackets with climbing sticks, place them where I want to hunt and just move my stand based on different variables for the day. Very comfortable, I feel safe even though it is open front and the seat flips up out of the way silently when needed. I am really wanting to try a saddle system like the Guido's Web or Aerotribe system for a little more maneuverability.
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#3575019 - 02/04/14 12:28 PM Re: Bow Hunters: Stand of Choice? [Re: thetoolman]
4 Point

Registered: 10/03/12
Posts: 333
Loc: Mid-TN

Millenium do make some very nice stands!
If it goes BANG or Twang I'm into it! Fishing is something I do while waiting to go hunting! Predator by design, Southern by the Grace of God!

#3579763 - 02/08/14 01:20 AM Re: Bow Hunters: Stand of Choice? [Re: DixieCrafter]
8 Point

Registered: 09/08/12
Posts: 2387
Loc: Etowah Tennessee

I would think about looking for a Baker. Jmo
#3579793 - 02/08/14 05:20 AM Re: Bow Hunters: Stand of Choice? [Re: Poleaxe]
4 Point

Registered: 07/31/11
Posts: 341
Loc: Franklin County, TN

Summit viper with a hazmore seat. Best setup I've used. Occasionally will strategically place cheap ladder stands but I hunt public land 95% of the time.

#3579900 - 02/08/14 08:23 AM Re: Bow Hunters: Stand of Choice? [Re: WVBulldog]
Bowtech Man
4 Point

Registered: 05/08/12
Posts: 192
Loc: White Oak Mountain

What's a hazemore seat?
#3580068 - 02/08/14 11:25 AM Re: Bow Hunters: Stand of Choice? [Re: Bowtech Man]
16 Point

Registered: 12/01/07
Posts: 10229
Loc: Franklin, TN

 Originally Posted By: Bowtech Man
What's a hazemore seat?

It's a web seat. It's got mixed reviews. People replace the foam seat of the Viper with the Hazemore to reduce weight and bulk. Some people get the Hazemore and go back to the Summit seat due to comfort. I do like the way the Hazemore slides out of the way for standing shots.

#3580150 - 02/08/14 12:28 PM Re: Bow Hunters: Stand of Choice? [Re: UTGrad]
10 Point

Registered: 11/25/04
Posts: 3862
Loc: crossville tn

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#3585142 - 02/12/14 03:20 PM Re: Bow Hunters: Stand of Choice? [Re: smstone22]
8 Point

Registered: 09/04/13
Posts: 1205
Loc: Spring Hill, TN. Williamson C...

ive used API, Summit, & tree lounge. I feel the safest in all weather conditions with the summit.
"The task ahead of you, is never as great as the power behind you!"

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