Why Register?Signing up could earn you gear (click here to learn how)! It also keeps offensive content off our site.
Welcome to Field & Stream!
Question by hfedder40. Uploaded on January 15, 2011
My brother and I have made several ladder and box stands over the years. The most basic I trust is a wooden ladder stand. You craft it to be similar to the metal purchased stands, however, they are usually heavy and take two people to fix to a tree. My recommendation is to buy a stand. If you plan to only hunt from one tree get a ladder type. If you plan to move around, get a climber. I know one guy who used lock-on stands and he climbed trees with tree climber spikes used by lumberjacks. Sportsman's Guide has a few good deals on stands and you can probably find some local on after season sales.
Cheaper to by a ladder stand, I hooked quite a few poles in my life and I can tell you one thing your more likley to "cut out" coming down when your tired. and you need a climbing belt add this all up plus a trip to the Ortopedist and the ladder stand is way cheaper
Agree with the above. By the time you buy materials you will have as much into a stand as you would if you watched for sales (usually this time of year as stores clear out some inventory) and get a reasonable priced ladder stand. For them to be sold they are certified safe. Building tree stands out of wood is just not a good idea. Trees grow and move, wood degrades and is not metal. Unless you have a source of cheap metal, are a good welder and understand stress/strain physics buy one! Box blinds are another story. Cabelas, Sportsman's Guide, Bass Pro, and even your local Walmart will have deals.
Could always move the feeder under the kid's tree house. LOL
cheap and treestand together in one sentence is a scary thing. 15 or more feet is a pretty good fall. don't think i'd risk it to save money.
my grampa and his buddies always made their stands in their younger days, and some of the ones that are over 20-30 years old are still there, but not usable of course. he still has one or two that are what I would call safe, so if you want to make your own have at it. you might find plans on ehow.com, or just search google
It's been a long time since I have made them but we used to make stands out of 3/4 metal conduit. I don't know if the price of it is worth it anymore or not but we would take 3 20 ft pieces, bend the top foot and a half or so around a light pole or something to get the angle that you want. Then cut the other pole in pieces to the width you want for steps, smash the ends, drill holes thru them and your legs put bolts thru them, cut 2 more for angle supports and do the same as you did for the steps, screw down a piece of plywood for a seat and you've got a deer stand. get a ratchet strap to strap to the tree and your ready to go. They are lightwieght and easy for 1 person to move if needed.
Try some pawn shops in your town, I have seen them for $60.00 compleat.
Don't unless you think a broken back or funeral is worth $60.00 or so bucks
On our farm we use all kinds of leftover lumber to build rather sturdy and excessive enclosed treestands on our farm for practically nothing... One even has fold out windows, taken from on old storage trailer we had. Just make sure to build triple layered ladder runs and chain and strap them in as good as possible, because I'd be willing to guess that enclosed treestand weighs 500+ pounds, but it also has an enclosed ladder. Top them of with Remington camo burlap. If you have carpentry skills, a winch or a tractor and good luck.- Winmag
If you have to buy any materials, you can go to Wal-Mart and buy a ladder stand about as cheap if not more so. If they don't rot, the tree grows and fasteners pull free. Buddy of mine got a quick trip to the base of the tree like that, I don't advise it.
Fieldandstream.com is part of the Field & Stream Network, a division of Bonnier Corporation.
Copyright © 2012 Bonnier Corp. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.