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Question by littlekid15. Uploaded on October 04, 2012
Depends on the scenario, but I've killed deer out of 10 ft stands and had them walk right under me.
Also, tree stands are overrated. They help, but are not required. I've killed many deer just sitting against a tree. Climb as high as you feel comfortable and no further.
Your odds are better if your higher up. I go up 18 to 20 feet and deer never snort at me. Lower tree stands I have heard deer snorting me. Remember, you must practice shooting your bow from that height. I use a McKenize deer target. Also, practice shooting broadheads with your broadhead target.
12' is typical and 17' is the max ht of my stands. You reach a point of diminishing returns pretty quickly. The shot angles get poorer the higher you go not to mention the effect on personal safety. Mr. Devine makes a great point about practicing from the stands you will hunt from. Happy hunting!
I agree with chuckles, my stands are generally between 12 and 18 feet up. Much higher than that and the shot angles become difficult.
I hunted out of a 12' ladder stand last year and may as well have had neon lights on it, the deer all knew I was there, and the stand was even in a white pine. I like to go up 20-25'.
Both of my ladder stands are 15' and I have had deer walk right under me never knowing I was there. With my climber It all depends the tree and the terrain, but I rarely exceed 20'. For archery any higher and shots can become too difficult. If you're gun hunting then I guess the ski's the limit but I still never go above 15'-20'.
i have the base of my stand at 15 ft, and i consider that to be the minimum, any lower and your wasting your time. i also think that those guys sitting 22 feet up in a tree can be somewhat ridiculous, no need to be that high up. i like being at 15 feet, im 6 ft tall so when i stand i my heads at 21 ft, plenty high enough for me, deer dont notice me either.
Yeah! Ten foot minimum. Fifteen is max unless circumstances dictate otherwise. Anything over twenty is unnecessary in my book.
I've found that in a mixed woodlot of pines and hardwoods, visibility is impaired at greater heights.
Maybe in a mature pinegrove, height may be an asset.
20' would be my absolute highest 30' is just overkill. You have to realize the higher you are the worse your angle on the deer is.
I have killed deer at 8 feet. One of my favorite stands I can litterally throw my pack onto the platform from the ground. That tree is the largest in the thicket and is only about 8" in diameter. A great spot!
I would say my average stand height is around 15-20 feet with my highest being about 22'. Higher isn't always better. Just remember the lower you are, the more emphasis you will need to place on good camo, not moving, and scent control/wind direction.
BTW - a video of me taking two deer in one evening from an 8 ft high stand can be watched at www.deer30outdoors.com/hunting/deer/deer-hunting-videos/
It really depends on the terrain. In dense flat forest over a trail you can be 10 feet or less. I witnessed a buddy shoot a deer when he was sitting on a big elm limb hanging over a trail. The limb was so low that I saw the deer duck down to fit under his hanging legs as he shot it.
In the mountainous or piedmont areas with sparse vegitation over canyons and ridges, or in heavily hunter areas, the deer tend to look up and down ahead of them as they move. In these situations, a higher stand helps. I feel comfortable that at 25 feet, few deer ever look that high. The issue at that altitude is getting plenty of practice shooting from such a high stand because the arrow hits so much higher than it does when practicing from the ground.
In general, I have been busted many times from a 10 foot stand. I have rarely been busted from a 25 foot stand. I usually go 10-15 though because it is easier for me to accomplish.
I will drink to that DakotaMan and good point.
I only have spring water in my hand but I will still drink to your comments, anyway.
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