How to Hunt for Years on $2,000: The Treestands and Climbing Steps
Click here if missed the last installment. To recap, the September issue cover story “Deer Hunting in the Real World”...
Click here if missed the last installment. To recap, the September issue cover story “Deer Hunting in the Real World” included a large sidebar called “Hunt for Years on $2,000,” featuring 12 essential deer-hunting items totaling under $2K, each of which are either very good or shockingly good for the price. The print edition included only a list. So here’s here a bit more info. On Monday, I detailed the bow, rifle, and muzzleloader. Today, the stand and steps.
Comfort Zone Hunter Hang-On Stand
Anyone who follows this blog knows that I have raved repeatedly about this being the best deal in treestands. It still is. Looks like Dick’s change the look of the stand a bit this year and maybe bumped up the MSRP. Don’t worry; you can still get it for $39.99 in stores and online. As I’ve said many times, it’s not a great stand, but it is remarkably good for the price. Here’s a link to a previous, longer review.
MSRP: $70; dicksportinggoods.com
Summit Viper Classic Climbing Treestand
In case you haven’t noticed, good climbing stands have gotten pretty insanely expensive, like more-than-the-rifle-I-reviewed-in-the-last-post expensive. Personally, I use a climber a lot–I mean a lot a lot–so I’m willing to splurge for the best. That said, I’ve used the classic Viper a bunch, and it’s still a pretty darn good climber: lightweight, fairly compact, well made, and still hugely popular. For $180 you absolutely can’t beat it. The SD model (shown) is quieter for another $80 or so.
MSRP: $200, street price $180; summitstands.com
Big Game Staggar Steps
These steel steps are the best bargain I’ve seen in portable, individual steps or sticks. There are cheaper models that connect to form a straight ladder, but these can be less than ideal for crooked trees. Staggar Steps are fairly light, they go up in a snap, and provide very sure footing. You just need to be careful, as they’re a little loud if you clang them.
MSRP: $60 for three; cabelas.com