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#3573512 - 02/03/14 09:23 AM Bow Hunters: Stand of Choice?
16 Point

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

Ok guys thinking about 2014 already (where's the countdown thread lol)

I've been a climbing stand guy since I started bow hunting but I'm starting to see some of its disadvantages. I hunt on a lease where packing a stand in and out each hunt is not necessary. I'm thinking of adding a hang on stand or ladder into my inventory. Although the climber certainly has its place and my Summit is very comfortable, it's not the best option in many scenarios.

What do y'all prefer for a stand? Ladder? Hang on? Climber?

#3573518 - 02/03/14 09:27 AM Re: Bow Hunters: Stand of Choice? [Re: UTGrad]
12 Point

Registered: 11/28/06
Posts: 6170
Loc: Old Hickory/Mt.Juliet, TN

Unfortunately, I only hunt public land so it's a climber for mea Summit Viper to be exact.
#3573521 - 02/03/14 09:29 AM Re: Bow Hunters: Stand of Choice? [Re: TNDeerGuy]
16 Point

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

 Originally Posted By: TNDeerGuy
Unfortunately, I only hunt public land so it's a climber for mea Summit Viper to be exact.

I hunt public as well on occasion and love the Summit Viper in those situations. I got the footrest on the platform and makes it even better.

#3573529 - 02/03/14 09:34 AM Re: Bow Hunters: Stand of Choice? [Re: UTGrad]
Crow Terminator
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14 Point

Registered: 10/23/99
Posts: 9029
Loc: McMinn County

Hangon stands always scare me really bad. I am just afraid of that step out onto one from the climbing sticks. It comes from when we were setting one up and I was getting ready to step off onto it. Dad hollered and said to wait...he threw a rope up on the stand from the ground and sort of lassoed it...then put his weight on the rope to see if the stand would hold him and the thing just trap doored like a hangman's platform. I was done with a hangon right then and there. If I'm not in a climber I'm in a ladder or on the ground.
#3573537 - 02/03/14 09:40 AM Re: Bow Hunters: Stand of Choice? [Re: Crow Terminator]
16 Point

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

I will definitely be wearing my harness with a HSS lifeline dealing with hang on stands. I feel safer in a climber than any other stand, even a ladder. I hook up my tether to the strap around the tree the second my feet leave the ground. With a ladder I hook up when I get to the top.
#3573997 - 02/03/14 03:45 PM Re: Bow Hunters: Stand of Choice? [Re: UTGrad]
8 Point

Registered: 11/29/12
Posts: 1928
Loc: Knoxville Tn

I use them all..
-Cimbers for Public land and hunts where I want to go into a new area
-Use hang ons for mainly bow hunting spots, or gun, where I want to leave it up for a while, Or for a new set up where a climbable tree isn't available
-Ladderstands for private land gun hunting
Bowhunting is life, plain and simple

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#3574143 - 02/03/14 05:43 PM Re: Bow Hunters: Stand of Choice? [Re: PinchPoint]
10 Point

Registered: 08/01/02
Posts: 4083
Loc: Tennessee

I use them all as well.

I feel safest in a ladder stand. Next a climber. I use both API and Summit Titan.

I agree that the hang ons feel most unsafe of all but have never had a problem. Mostly I use them in places where there are multiple trees, and branches.

But all of these have applications.
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#3574358 - 02/03/14 07:40 PM Re: Bow Hunters: Stand of Choice? [Re: 102]
4 Point

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

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! Hang-ons are perhaps the most universal in application because you can put them almost anywhere! I have several of the Gorilla brand treestands in use with Summit Bucksteps, which are similar to Rapid Rails and such.

Once I have the hang on stand hung, I always lock it down with an accessory ratchet strap. I have made several 30 ft. life lines that I use with each hang on stand. With the life line in place I am secured by my harness tether for the climb up or down. Once I'm in the stand I transfer my safety carabiner to a shorter safety rope that remains in each tree.

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!
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!

#3574361 - 02/03/14 07:42 PM Re: Bow Hunters: Stand of Choice? [Re: 102]
10 Point

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

I use all three as all three has its advantages. The only two hang sons I like are millennium or summits. We have only about 10 hang ons. And those are the only brands we have used. with that said we only use them when we have no choice. With a ladder we own close to 60 and we have all kinds of brands. My preference on those is to get one where the shooting rail can be up or down. Because we gun hunt out of those to. I'm starting yo really like big game ladder stands though. Buy I have not bought a bad ladder stand yet. As far as climbers I own three all summits. If I had to pick one type it would be a ladder but hang one are important because you can get in all kinds of trees. As well as a climber because sometimes its nice to be able yo just try different spots and have a back up when the wind is abnormal.

Edited by deerhunter10 (02/03/14 07:43 PM)

#3574372 - 02/03/14 07:54 PM Re: Bow Hunters: Stand of Choice? [Re: deerhunter10]
16 Point

Registered: 01/11/04
Posts: 16954
Loc: Allardt, TN

I have somewhere around 20 ladder stands scattered around that I just keep up year round. I prefer those, no noise getting set up. But to be mobile like I often need to be, I really like a Summit Openshot climber.

Edited by smstone22 (02/03/14 07:54 PM)
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