Trying to figure out how high you should hang your treestands? It's not always as cut and dry as a picking a height that someone else uses.
Hanging treestands can be a tedious process. There is so much that goes into getting one stand up. You first have to figure out the general area that you want to hunt. After figuring that out, you move to narrowing that area down, where do you actually want to hunt? After that, you then have to find a suitable tree that you want to hunt out of, and be able to get a shot at a deer you want to harvest. After picking a tree, your all good to go right? Not quite, there is the question of how high do you need to hang your stand? There is a misconception sometimes that a given height is the magic number. There is no magic number, and deciding how high to actually hang your stand hinges on a few factors.
When deciding how high to put your treestand, put visibility into account. In some places, you may not be able to see where you want to see if your stand is only ten feet high.
In other cases, you may only need to go 12 feet up and you will be able to see as far as you need to. If you start to climb a tree, and realize you can't see anything, you may want to go a little higher.
Cover is my number one priority when hanging stands. More often than not, it dictates how high I go. I want to be where the cover is at. The most frustrating thing for me is getting busted by deer, especially if I'm not even flinching. If you have a tree that has a good amount of limbs and cover 15 feet up, that's where you should go.
Getting into the cover, and then picking a select few amount of branches to cut for your shooting lane is the way to go. On the other hand, if the only suitable tree in your area is a straight tree with no cover, you may have to go higher. If I'm hunting in a tree that offers little to no cover, I will usually sit at least 20 feet in the air, sometimes even 25-30 feet, depending on the size of the tree.
One thing I always stress is to never hunt at a height that makes you feel unsafe. If your nervous and shaking because your treestand is too high, don't hunt that high. People kill deer hunting from all heights, and you should never hunt at a height that makes you feel uncomfortable.
This summer when your hanging your treestands, don't have a number in mind before you pick a tree on how high to hang it. Look over your options, dissect your situation, and then decide how high you need to hang your treestand. Going at it with this mentality will ensure better setups, and could be a major player come hunting season.
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