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#722924 - 05/01/08 07:40 AM Ladder stands
goose17
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Has anyone had success bowhunting out of them?
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#723160 - 05/01/08 10:42 AM Re: Ladder stands [Re: goose17]
boweye91
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I killed a deer out of one with a bow last year. They seem to be most effective when on field edges. I do not like them when they are in hardwoods. I prefer to have hang-on stands in the "better" spots.
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#723175 - 05/01/08 11:02 AM Re: Ladder stands [Re: boweye91]
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I don't know,but im gonna find out!This will be my first year bowhunting,and that is all i use,ladders stands,and pop up ground blinds.
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#723238 - 05/01/08 11:59 AM Re: Ladder stands [Re: cecil30-30]
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I find they work well if you can find a good, well used route from bedding to feeding areas that are in the hardwoods. Once I find those areas I would put up a ladder stand in some thicker stuff that I can shoot down out of. I try to make only one entry way and I usually use those stands for all day hunt because of their location to mast, and browse. Most deer and especially good bucks seem to not move much and being somewhat closer to their bedding area where they browse and play during the day usually accounts for my seeing alot of action during daylight hours.
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#726075 - 05/03/08 05:24 PM Re: Ladder stands [Re: warrior]
GRAMPS
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I have shot a few deer from my ladder stand during bow season; but usually use a climber.
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#726268 - 05/03/08 08:43 PM Re: Ladder stands [Re: GRAMPS]
pety221
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 Originally Posted By: GRAMPS
I have shot a few deer from my ladder stand during bow season; but usually use a climber.
ditto
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#731306 - 05/08/08 11:52 AM Re: Ladder stands [Re: GRAMPS]
Gravey
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 Originally Posted By: GRAMPS
I have shot a few deer from my ladder stand during bow season; but usually use a climber.

What he said. I leave the front bar off until gun season so that nothing is in your way.
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#731412 - 05/08/08 01:21 PM Re: Ladder stands [Re: Gravey]
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under the right conditions u can kill deer from a ladder stand. i prefer to be higher than most ladder stands. i have several of them and use them often.i like using them in early season to pinpoint where the deer are traveling and then set up a lock on stand or climber
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#752082 - 05/22/08 11:29 PM Re: Ladder stands [Re: LA man]
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Killed SEVERAL deer out of ladder stands.
Placement on well worn trails well before the season is critical.
That coupled with a trophy rock is the ticket. \:D
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#779089 - 06/12/08 09:53 PM Re: Ladder stands [Re: RUGER]
MDM
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Mine was stolen out of the woods so i would say i didnt have success with it lol
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#782930 - 06/16/08 11:54 AM Re: Ladder stands [Re: MDM]
DOC1187
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if u have them on property where u can leave them out u can kill out of them deer get used to them
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#784303 - 06/17/08 09:06 AM Re: Ladder stands [Re: goose17]
Gravey
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I love being able to ease in and climb right up without sweating to death. Dick's Sporting Goods has some 15 footers on sale right now for $59.
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#786952 - 06/18/08 07:36 PM Re: Ladder stands [Re: Gravey]
jakeway
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I've killed deer from treestands as low as a home-made one with 8 ft 2X4s. I've got a 12 ft stand on a hillside that I've killed one or two deer from it each of the past three years.

If the stand is in the right location, and you have the proper cover at the height of the stand, it doesn't matter if it's a climber, strap-on, or ladder. (Assuming it has no loose parts to squeek.)

The older I get, the more I hunt from ladders. I now have 4 ladder stands, 5 strap-ons, a two Summit climbers. They all get used, but the ladders are the most comfortable to climb into. The Summit Climbers are the most comfortable to actually hunt from, though in early season heat I'd MUCH rather not have to carry one up the hill!
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#787008 - 06/18/08 08:26 PM Re: Ladder stands [Re: jakeway]
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i agree with you jakeway right on
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#789569 - 06/20/08 05:48 PM Re: Ladder stands [Re: DOC1187]
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I love ladder stands. I have 6 stands and 5 are ladder stands.
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#792896 - 06/23/08 10:10 PM Re: Ladder stands [Re: MDM]
Boone 58
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Hmmm? dont think i have ever shot a deer out of a ladder stand with a bow????
Never thought of that before but i have over 50 kills with a bow but i cant remember a ladder stand shot?
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#813174 - 07/08/08 09:42 PM Re: Ladder stands [Re: ]
baller_9
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I've taken several from ladders....I leave mine up year round also
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#830675 - 07/21/08 01:16 PM Re: Ladder stands [Re: baller_9]
CREEK BOTTOM
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i am looking for 2 or 3 if anyone has some let me know
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#867885 - 08/14/08 06:30 AM Re: Ladder stands [Re: MDM]
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if your up about twenty feet you should be fine
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#868786 - 08/14/08 02:12 PM Re: Ladder stands [Re: benny22]
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I have used several and my preference has been an Ol Man ladder stand with the removable shooting rail. I think the platform is 16 feet up. I tend to use it more for rifle on the edges of fields (very handy) or in areas where the trees are not good climbers.

Theft is a problem but what's new about that. Even putting a cable on it does not seem to stop the thieves these days.
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#868818 - 08/14/08 02:35 PM Re: Ladder stands [Re: John Harris]
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 Originally Posted By: John Harris

Theft is a problem but what's new about that. Even putting a cable on it does not seem to stop the thieves these days.

Ditto!
Had a ladder stand stolen several years ago.Just happen to be on a neighbors land this past spring metal detecting an old home place.My brother says "hey you wanna see your stand" I said man we can't see my stand from here.He points up and there's my stand.The neighbor is no longer around(divorce,his father-in-laws land).Guess he forgot his/my stand.We went to him at the time it got gone and ask him had he seen anyone around and he said he suspected coon hunters of stealing it.Liar .As far as hunting out of one that's all I use other than a climber if I need to move around.I leave the stands year round and the deer don't seem to pay attention to them.Looks like I'll have another one to hunt out of this year.


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#872126 - 08/17/08 08:42 AM Re: Ladder stands [Re: pety221]
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Yes, I get em in the woods early though.
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