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Stand or not?

Uploaded on November 18, 2009

I'm hunting new property (un-hunted for at least 5 years) this weekend. There are several wooden stands on the property but there's no tellin how solid or safe they are until you are actually in them. What suggestions does everyone have? Should I try an old wood stand or just sit on the ground? I've always hunted out of stands before but wondered what kind of chance I would have at a buck from ground hunting?

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from 99explorer wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

If the wooden stands are nailed to live tres, there is the possibility that the growth of the tree could have pushed the nailheads clear through the wooden braces. When that happens, the stand is being supported just by the nailhead, and all it takes is for the weight of a hunter to collapse the structure. It happened to someone I know.

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from 99explorer wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

I should add that there are a number of excellent pop-up ground blinds on the market that not only conceal the hunter, but help to contain his/her scent. Good hunting.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

I say "blind" it till new stands can be put up, or lod one "fixed.
Good Luck and Good Hunting !

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from platte river rat wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

here on the platte river both kinds of blinds are good. being an old fart I use a Cabeals ground blind. 99explorer is right about the tree blind just holding on with the nail heads, don't chance having it fall with you. If you want to hunt from a tree blind there are lots of afforable ones sold by a lot of vendors, just pick out the one you want. don't forget to chain and lock it to the tree and wear a safety harness---good hunting

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from stephensfamily@... wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

Saftey first! Seems like you know the area I would use a blind or bring in a stand and set it up ,early if you can, where you think is best.
My dad and I made some perminent stands years ago and lagged them to te tree. they stayed on the property for a few years till someone during the season had come and removed the lags. Thanks to harness he was wearing my dad was saved from a nasty fall.

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from huntingkid95 wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

I woudln;t use those stands. They have been on the tree a while and probably are not safe. You can get a ground blind from cabela's for a descent price or you can by a stand when they have their sales. Good luck hunting.

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from shermanator wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

i would definitely not sit in the wood stands because you don't know how old they are we recently found a stand on some land were we were working cattle and the owner said it was about 4 years old one of my friends went up in it and almost fell through because the nails were all pretty much pulled out so i would wait a year sit on the ground and put new ones up next year because i have had just as good success sitting on the ground

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from rlowe357 wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

I'm in a private hunting club and a lot of times when hunting I'll get out of my stand and do a little still hunting to see if I can find a good spot to place a stand. If I find a good spot sometimes I'll find a good tree and clear me out a good spot at the base of it and get there the next morning and sit down where I cleared it out. I've killed a few deer that way and found some good places to come back and place stands later

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from JHancock09 wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

All the posts above make great points about not using the existing stands. You say they've been empty for at least 5 years so the nails are probably pulling and the wood is probably rotten. You can still do well by still hunting from the ground and using your surroundings to break up your silhouette.

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from alabamaoutlaw wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

Treated wood will last thirty years but the ability to reconize deterioated wood or the use of carbon steel nails instead of galvinized will determine the safety of a stand.Take it from someone who has been hanging on by the skin of his teeth when a stand collapsed under their feet.Don't chance the stand.Never nail a stand to a living tree build a collar to fit around the tree.

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from Sarge01 wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

If the stands have been there that long stay out of them. I have had to help carry too many people out of the woods who have fallen out of a permaanent stand especially one that you do not know how well it was constructed and what shape it is in.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 41 weeks ago

Not being there, you will have to make that decision yourself

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from 99explorer wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

If the wooden stands are nailed to live tres, there is the possibility that the growth of the tree could have pushed the nailheads clear through the wooden braces. When that happens, the stand is being supported just by the nailhead, and all it takes is for the weight of a hunter to collapse the structure. It happened to someone I know.

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from platte river rat wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

here on the platte river both kinds of blinds are good. being an old fart I use a Cabeals ground blind. 99explorer is right about the tree blind just holding on with the nail heads, don't chance having it fall with you. If you want to hunt from a tree blind there are lots of afforable ones sold by a lot of vendors, just pick out the one you want. don't forget to chain and lock it to the tree and wear a safety harness---good hunting

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from Sarge01 wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

If the stands have been there that long stay out of them. I have had to help carry too many people out of the woods who have fallen out of a permaanent stand especially one that you do not know how well it was constructed and what shape it is in.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from 99explorer wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

I should add that there are a number of excellent pop-up ground blinds on the market that not only conceal the hunter, but help to contain his/her scent. Good hunting.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Big O wrote 4 years 20 weeks ago

I say "blind" it till new stands can be put up, or lod one "fixed.
Good Luck and Good Hunting !

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from stephensfamily@... wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

Saftey first! Seems like you know the area I would use a blind or bring in a stand and set it up ,early if you can, where you think is best.
My dad and I made some perminent stands years ago and lagged them to te tree. they stayed on the property for a few years till someone during the season had come and removed the lags. Thanks to harness he was wearing my dad was saved from a nasty fall.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from huntingkid95 wrote 4 years 19 weeks ago

I woudln;t use those stands. They have been on the tree a while and probably are not safe. You can get a ground blind from cabela's for a descent price or you can by a stand when they have their sales. Good luck hunting.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from shermanator wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

i would definitely not sit in the wood stands because you don't know how old they are we recently found a stand on some land were we were working cattle and the owner said it was about 4 years old one of my friends went up in it and almost fell through because the nails were all pretty much pulled out so i would wait a year sit on the ground and put new ones up next year because i have had just as good success sitting on the ground

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from rlowe357 wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

I'm in a private hunting club and a lot of times when hunting I'll get out of my stand and do a little still hunting to see if I can find a good spot to place a stand. If I find a good spot sometimes I'll find a good tree and clear me out a good spot at the base of it and get there the next morning and sit down where I cleared it out. I've killed a few deer that way and found some good places to come back and place stands later

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from JHancock09 wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

All the posts above make great points about not using the existing stands. You say they've been empty for at least 5 years so the nails are probably pulling and the wood is probably rotten. You can still do well by still hunting from the ground and using your surroundings to break up your silhouette.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from alabamaoutlaw wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

Treated wood will last thirty years but the ability to reconize deterioated wood or the use of carbon steel nails instead of galvinized will determine the safety of a stand.Take it from someone who has been hanging on by the skin of his teeth when a stand collapsed under their feet.Don't chance the stand.Never nail a stand to a living tree build a collar to fit around the tree.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 41 weeks ago

Not being there, you will have to make that decision yourself

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