Hanging a treestand doesn’t need to be a science, unless you think about when to hang a treestand.
Different parts of the country have different times set aside for deer hunting season, which means that a hunter in one state may have an entirely different timeline set aside for pre-season preparations than a hunter in another state.
For that reason, there is no truly agreed upon time that is best for hanging your deer stands, but we’re of the mind that the earlier you hang them, the better.
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That’s not to say you should head out in the next few weeks and get your stands set up in January or February. After all, you probably only just took your stands down and put them into storage. There’s no reason to head out again this early – in the bitter cold, no less – to scale the side of a tree and set up a stand you’re not going to be using for half a year at least.
With that said, however, there’s something to be said for hanging your treestands up in the early spring, especially if you already know which hunting properties you are going to be scoping out come the fall.
March or April may seem like an incredibly premature time to be making any preparations for fall hunting season, let alone setting up gear and then leaving it dormant for the better part of two full season. However, there are few good arguments for early tree stand installation. Read on to learn about them.
Early installation can leave your property pressure-free for half a year. Any time you wander into your deer hunting property, you risk spooking some whitetails and building up the pressure levels on the property. This can result in anything from extremely skittish does to bucks who leave the property behind or decide that it’s only safe to come out at night.
Since most treestands boast incredibly loud installation cycles, there’s little chance that you can get everything situated without drawing at least a little bit of attention to yourself. And if you have to give your prime hunting position away to the deer on the property, it’s better to do so in March or April than in September or October, a week before you want to use the property to hunt.
By installing your stands early, you can give the deer on your property months of carefree and pressure-free time, giving them a chance to let their guards down and trust the territory once more.
In turn, a trusting deer herd could result in a fuller tag for you.
You can better envision the fall shooting situation. Most hunters try to scope out their treestand locations in the late spring and summer. There’s a reason for this: scouting the woods and hanging treestands is a much more enjoyable process when it’s sunny and warm out. But sun and warmth also mean that the trees are all in full bloom.
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If you hang your stands early in the spring, before the weather warms up, you will be better able to envision what your vantage point will look like in the fall. With leaves still missing from the trees, you can decide which tree stand locations have strong vantage points, which are duds, and which need a bit of sightline trimming to be quality deer hunting spots.