Tree Stands: This year's best fixed-position models

Hang It Up
The latest fixed-position stands are lightweight, affordable, and versatile
By Scott Bestul Fixed-position stands have not been considered particularly stealthy in the past, but today's portable hang-ons, with vastly improved fastening systems, can be put up in virtual silence. You can carry them easily into remote areas; attach them to trees that leave climbers grounded; and leave them up for a day, a week, or a season. And many are comfortable enough to sit in all day. Here are six great models: Gorilla Expedition Magnum Hunter Lite
($150; 800-241-4833; gorillatreestands.com)
Weight: 13¿¿ lb.
Construction: Welded aluminum.
Platform Size: 24x30 in.
Fastening System: Easy-cinching dual-claw nylon strap.
Extras: Leveling system, backpack straps.
The Skinny: This is the toughest stand you'll ever own. The webbed seat is surprisingly comfortable.
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Lone Wolf Alpha Assault
($189; 414-744-4984; lonewolfstands.com)
Weight: 8¿¿ lb.
Construction: Cast aluminum.
Platform Size: 19¿¿x27¿¿ in.
Fastening System: Nylon strap, V-bracket, and Versa Button attachment.
Extras: Leveling system, backpack straps, bow holder.
The Skinny: The Assault is deadly quiet, simple to hang, and incredibly lightweight.
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North Starr Starr Lite ATA
($190; 517-439-1313; northstarrtreestands.com)
Weight: 9 lb.
Construction: Welded aircraft aluminum.
Platform Size: 18x30 in.
Fastening System: Fast Ratchet top strap; bottom strap with S-hooks.
Extras: Leveling system, hanging aid, foam backrest, backpack straps.
The Skinny: With the best leveling system going, it's perfect for crooked trees.
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Summit Deer Deck Lite
($120; 256-353-0634; summitstands.com)
Weight: 12 lb.
Construction: Welded aluminum.
Platform Size: 20x28¿¿ in.
Fastening System: Nylon straps with ratchets, top and bottom.
Extras: Leveling system.
The Skinny: The ideal stand for tall hunters, this model has a generous seat height, and you'll love the big platform on such a light stand.
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Loggy Bayou Monarch XL
($110; 870-881-9778; www.loggybayou.com)
Weight: 10 lb.
Construction: Aluminum.
Platform Size: 20x36 in.
Fastening System: Reversible, removable straps.
Extras: Padded ADC (All Day Comfort) seat.
The Skinny: Another light stand with a big platform, this one has the most comfortable seat-"great for all-day hunting.
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Cabela's E-Z Hang
($100; 800-237-4444; cabelas.com)
Weight: 13 lb.
Construction: Welded aircraft aluminum.
Platform Size: 20x26 in.
Fastening System: Chain with E-Z Hang bracket.
Extras: Leveling system.
The Skinny: Chain-on stands are typically noisier, of course, but the E-Z Hang bracket makes this very affordable model quiet and simple to put up.
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Bow Hunting Guide: 2006
Buy the Right Gear
If you need bow hunting gear, this is the right place to start. We've got reviews and field test reports on the latest bows, boots, broadhead, tree stands, and more.
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Tree Stands: This year's best fixed-position models Fixed-position stands have not been considered particularly stealthy in the past, but today's portable hang-ons, with vastly improved fastening systems, can be put up in virtual silence. Here are six great models: Click here for the story
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