While not exactly a make-or-break aspect, whether or not your tree stand is well camouflaged could, in some instances, make the difference in whether you get a buck or not. That's especially true for bowhunters, who require deer to be very near to take a shot. If you are bow or crossbow hunting, or plan to shoot deer with a rifle at close distances, make sure your stand is either camouflaged or has a flat, nonreflective finish. There's no use in taking a chance when success is on the line. For a tree stand you intend to rifle hunt from, camouflage might not be necessary. But, make sure the stand doesn't have any shiny finish, or even small reflection off your stand might send your buck hightailing it.