Need to know where to place a treestand or blind for this fall?
Setting up a deer stand in the right place is an art form. Visibility, cover, and comfort are all important factors to consider when choosing where to put it, and choosing between a climbing stand, ladder stand or box blind is a tough choice.
A lot depends upon terrain and shot distance as well. In order to ensure you are placing your stand in the best possible location for the most success, you need to first make sure you have taken several important variables into consideration.
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When hunting standing timber in a hill and valley scenario, proper stand placement is a vital component to a successful hunt. In a situation where visibility is limited to an adjacent hillside or hundred-yard clearing, it is crucial to place your stand where you will have the best chance to get a clear, steady shot while remaining out of sight of any deer traveling through the area.
Treestands are perfect for getting a hunter out of a deer’s line of sight and for removing the hunter from a deer’s scent line. However, it isn’t enough to just pick a tree and throw up a stand. You have to take the time to get to know the travel patterns of local animals and find the best places to see without being seen.
If you choose to hunt from a box blind in a wooded area, you’re going to want elevation. Set up on a ridge or halfway up a hillside where you have the most visibility.
When hunting hillsides with timber, get high enough to gain visibility and eliminate scent.
Fields and Open Areas
If there is a tree line adjacent to the field you want to overlook, a treestand is still the best option. There is no substitute for elevation when it comes to visibility and scent control. However, if climbing a tree isn’t possible, then choosing to go with a good box blind can still produce amazing results.
The thing about hunting fields is all the open space. Deer are visible for days, but then so are hunters. You can set up a box blind anywhere in a field setting, but the higher up it is the better. Elevated box blinds are great for deer hunting, but still give off visible evidence that something out of place is there.
Should you choose to go this route, try to place your box blind downwind of the area you believe the deer will be.
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If you are able to hunt fields with alternative cover such as hay bales, use them to your advantage. The more natural a setting looks, the easier it is to convince deer to continue using the field as they always do.
When to Go With a Portable Stand
There are times when a permanent stand setup isn’t the best choice, or simply isn’t an option. Maybe you’re new to a hunting area and still trying to get a feel for travel patterns, or maybe the land owner doesn’t allow permanent stands. Whatever the reason may be, the use of portable climbing stands can be every bit as effective as any permanent stand and in some cases, even more successful.
Portable climbing stands offer convenience and mobility along with the comfort similar to a permanent stand. The biggest benefit of a portable stand is the ability to go where the game is.
If you climb a tree on a hillside that fails to produce, you can simply pack up and relocate.
Uphill, Downhill, On the Level, Up a Tree
The terrain a hunter faces is as varied as individual hunting styles. Knowing the terrain you hunt is vital when setting up a stand or blind.
Visibility is the key and hunters have to decide where they think an animal will appear. Once a hunter has patterned the deer in their area, deciding where to place a stand is really a matter of finding the best tree. Not every tree is designed to provide the steady support a tree stand needs for a hunter to feel safe and secure off the ground.
Ladder stands work best when attached to large, solid, and older trees. Stability, comfort, and cover are all benefits provided by choosing to attach your stand to a good sized tree. Of course, you need to make sure your stand is level and not leaning downhill or angled. Use common sense; if you feel as though you are leaning too much and may fall out, readjust or find a different tree.
Do What Works
No matter how you choose to hunt, whether by stand or blind, it is up to you to determine which method best suits your needs. Terrain, visibility, comfort, and travel patterns all play a part in setting up in the best possible place for the most success.
Once you’ve taken the time to address all the questions regarding stand placement, it’s just a matter of time until your hard work pays off.