December 04, 2012
Deer Hunting Tips: Add Cover to Your Stand with Branches and Zip Ties
By Dave Hurteau
Seasoned bowhunters know that picking the right tree in which to hang a stand can mean the difference between putting an arrow through a buck and just standing there with your thumb up your nose, watching him lollygag, broadside and without a care, just out of range. The problem is that the perfect tree in terms of location is not always perfect in terms of cover.
On my recent hunt with Bestul, I hunted one particular stand where Scott solved this problem by first clipping some branches from a tree species that holds its leaves late into the season—in this case, oak—and then using zip ties to attach them to both the bottom of the stand platform to block the view of deer below and to the tree trunk behind to create back cover. Check out the video to see just how he does it.