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Deer Hunting

Stand Height for Deer Hunting with a Bow

Uploaded on August 25, 2009

What's a reasonable height for deer hunting with a bow. I am concerned about having a smaller target and the added distance to the target if I get too high, like I might with a rifle. Because of the shorter shot distances, does it make sense to more often hunt from a ground blind or still hunt with a bow. I'm using a crossbow, so I don't have to worry as much about the motion as a traditional bow hunter might when on the ground. Your thoughts.

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from tracker7600 wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

What i can say is there really is no limit to how high you can go. Well literally there is, but what I'm getting at is the higher you go, the harder it will be to be seen by the deer. If you are not comfortable being high in a tree, you can successfully kill a deer at 15-18 feet. Now you need to remember at these heights you are closer to the ground and movement, even the smallest, has to be sacrificed if you want to kill that big buck. I would recommended to at least get closer to 20 feet, that way it's that much harder for the deer to spot you in the tree and you can get away with a little more movement. Also using a ground blind is not a bad idea for early season and areas where a tree stand just wont cut it. Just remember to put it in a place where it wont stick out like a sore thumb, and try to get it out there about a month before the season.

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from Kentucky Hunter wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

I like 10-15 feet but it really depends on the area

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from bzwagg99 wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

get you a new rangefinder with ID technology and you can hang it as high as you want. i dont use scent eliminators( except on boots and legs when walking in) so i like to get above eye level and scent level. most of my stands are 30 ft plus. Your vantage point and ability to relax while hunting is amazing. you will want to practice at 30 plus yards with a bow and set your stand at a minimum of 20 yrds from your bait station or deer trail. this will eliminate shots with too much downward angle.

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from mmidgett wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

I really dont think there is a right or a wrong. Depending on your terrain you can hang them from 10-30 foot. The downfalls of hanging a low stand is you have to play your wind more. I usually try to hang mine around the 15 to 20 foot region. To me it gets you high enough to half way cover your scent and it is still comfortable to shoot out of. Plus the shot angle on your animal will be greater. Also, the lower you go make sure you do not over trim. Give yourself a good back drop and you should be fine. Good Luck

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

my platform is usually 22 to 25 feet.

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from bigracks93 wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

My opinion on this is that you at least get 15 feet off the ground. However, the closer you are to the ground limits your movement you can make without bein seen. I usually get around 20 feet up in a tree, but thats just what im comfortable with.

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I tie a 20 foot rope to the base of my stand and climb until I feel it start pulling my bow up. This way I go up the same height every time and in the dark know when to stop.

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from Cgull wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

15 - 25 feet, I only go higher if the area has swirling winds and scent control will be a problem. too high and your shot angle makes a double lunk shot difficult.

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from rootju wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

No shorter than your butt at 18 feet, unless you are in an enclosed blind... This way you are high enough to get your scent out for a distance and be above the line of sight...

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from Kentucky Hunter wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

I like 10-15 feet but it really depends on the area

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from mmidgett wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

I really dont think there is a right or a wrong. Depending on your terrain you can hang them from 10-30 foot. The downfalls of hanging a low stand is you have to play your wind more. I usually try to hang mine around the 15 to 20 foot region. To me it gets you high enough to half way cover your scent and it is still comfortable to shoot out of. Plus the shot angle on your animal will be greater. Also, the lower you go make sure you do not over trim. Give yourself a good back drop and you should be fine. Good Luck

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from bigracks93 wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

My opinion on this is that you at least get 15 feet off the ground. However, the closer you are to the ground limits your movement you can make without bein seen. I usually get around 20 feet up in a tree, but thats just what im comfortable with.

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I tie a 20 foot rope to the base of my stand and climb until I feel it start pulling my bow up. This way I go up the same height every time and in the dark know when to stop.

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from Cgull wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

15 - 25 feet, I only go higher if the area has swirling winds and scent control will be a problem. too high and your shot angle makes a double lunk shot difficult.

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from tracker7600 wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

What i can say is there really is no limit to how high you can go. Well literally there is, but what I'm getting at is the higher you go, the harder it will be to be seen by the deer. If you are not comfortable being high in a tree, you can successfully kill a deer at 15-18 feet. Now you need to remember at these heights you are closer to the ground and movement, even the smallest, has to be sacrificed if you want to kill that big buck. I would recommended to at least get closer to 20 feet, that way it's that much harder for the deer to spot you in the tree and you can get away with a little more movement. Also using a ground blind is not a bad idea for early season and areas where a tree stand just wont cut it. Just remember to put it in a place where it wont stick out like a sore thumb, and try to get it out there about a month before the season.

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from bzwagg99 wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

get you a new rangefinder with ID technology and you can hang it as high as you want. i dont use scent eliminators( except on boots and legs when walking in) so i like to get above eye level and scent level. most of my stands are 30 ft plus. Your vantage point and ability to relax while hunting is amazing. you will want to practice at 30 plus yards with a bow and set your stand at a minimum of 20 yrds from your bait station or deer trail. this will eliminate shots with too much downward angle.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

my platform is usually 22 to 25 feet.

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from rootju wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

No shorter than your butt at 18 feet, unless you are in an enclosed blind... This way you are high enough to get your scent out for a distance and be above the line of sight...

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