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Old 05-07-2012, 07:15 PM   #1
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what brand of tripod are you guys using to hunt out of ?

i am in the market for a 10'-12' tripod for this fall. i would like something with a big deck / platform, with the totally removeable gun rest / upper ring.

is it possible to get a quality unit for $200 or less ?

thanks !
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:29 PM   #2
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i like the summit brand that academy has, have owned 2 of them before
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:22 PM   #3
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i like the summit brand that academy has, have owned 2 of them before
thanks for the info. i'll check those out
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:32 AM   #4
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so, nobody else hunts out of tripods ?
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:35 AM   #5
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Strong Built was Academys old brand and they were the best! Alot better made then their current ones
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:36 AM   #6
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Clay I build my own... Check The DIY Section for some GREAT Ideas!

Heres a Few I like! : http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ghlight=tripod

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ghlight=tripod

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ghlight=tripod

Those are just a few Im looking at for ideas for my next build. Tripod+popup!!!
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:38 AM   #7
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Strong Built was Academys old brand and they were the best! Alot better made then their current ones
I loved mine! Very Stable removable gun rail and a spot in the deck that flipped open to climb up and then flipped back down for more deck space.
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:39 AM   #8
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I loved mine! Very Stable removable gun rail and a spot in the deck that flipped open to climb up and then flipped back down for more deck space.
Can u post a pic of the one you have? Sounds intriguing
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:42 AM   #9
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I sold it. it was just about a 14"x8" section right above the leg that you climbed up on. It was the 14' model hunting in a place now where the biggest tree is about 8'. I think most Strongbuilts do that. 12' and up.
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:43 AM   #10
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I sold it. it was just about a 14"x8" section right above the leg that you climbed up on. It was the 14' model hunting in a place now where the biggest tree is about 8'. I think most Strongbuilts do that. 12' and up.
O yeah.

I am dumb

I read it wrong. I have a 12 foot strong built now and thats exactly how they are.
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:45 AM   #11
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thanks for those ideas guys. Coach, i'll sure look into that !

Sportsmans Guide actually has a pretty good selection. i might have found a Rivers Edge that looks good.
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:49 AM   #12
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Check out Monarch Feeders or Chas-Mac tripods both make a Very Durable product with Big Platforms
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:31 AM   #13
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thanks for those ideas guys. Coach, i'll sure look into that !

Sportsmans Guide actually has a pretty good selection. i might have found a Rivers Edge that looks good.
Gander Mountain has some nice ones occassionally marked down or on sale...otherwise be careful of their prices
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:36 AM   #14
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I've been hunting out of the Big Game Apex tripod. I have had it up about 16 months, moved it to about 5 different spots by now and is still in perfect shape. No noisy ladder, no squeaky swivel chair, no rust except for bolts. I have been very happy with it.

http://www.biggametreestands.com/pro...-the-apex.html
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:42 AM   #15
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I've been hunting out of the Big Game Apex tripod. I have had it up about 16 months, moved it to about 5 different spots by now and is still in perfect shape. No noisy ladder, no squeaky swivel chair, no rust except for bolts. I have been very happy with it.

http://www.biggametreestands.com/pro...-the-apex.html
What you pay for it? Like it alot just remember it being expensive
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:44 AM   #16
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Who makes them with adjustable legs?
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:49 AM   #17
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What you pay for it? Like it alot just remember it being expensive
I picked it up @ Bass Pro Grapevine for 239.99 on sale. I think they run 299.99 normally. It's a little pricey compared to others but it very sturdy. I have a buddy with one of those cheapos from Academy and I feel like the thing is going to collapse at any moment. If you have the means, I would go with what coach said and build one yourself. I just don't have the tools to do it so had to settle buying one.
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:55 AM   #18
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I picked it up @ Bass Pro Grapevine for 239.99 on sale. I think they run 299.99 normally. It's a little pricey compared to others but it very sturdy. I have a buddy with one of those cheapos from Academy and I feel like the thing is going to collapse at any moment. If you have the means, I would go with what coach said and build one yourself. I just don't have the tools to do it so had to settle buying one.
Thanks again for all the info. i had a brain relapse and remembered an old fuel tank stand at my grandparents old place. it's app 6' tall, by 6' by 4' square on the bottom. all it would need is a platform welded on the top. or, i could even put plywood down and build a small blind on top , or just stick a pop-up on there. MAYBE ?
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Old 05-08-2012, 03:45 PM   #19
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I have 2 tripods similar to what you discribed. 10' & 15', I bought both of them at the Super S in Llano, TX. They were probably $150-200 when I bought them a couple years ago. I'll try to find pictures to show you and upload them from my phone.
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Old 05-08-2012, 04:19 PM   #20
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I'm a fan of the old style 12' Strong Built tripods. The 1-piece legs slide into the 1-piece base, 1 bolt through both parts, tighten and stand up in about 3 minutes. I hate the ones that have all the friggin' leg pieces, supports, & cross braces and take 2 hours and a Chinese math degree to assemble.
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Old 05-08-2012, 04:39 PM   #21
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Who makes them with adjustable legs?
I converted ours to have adjustable legs. I cut off the leg base about 1' from the bottom.
Welded a piece of tubing 1 size smaller into it, about 2' extending out.
Drilled holes every 2-3", depending on what increments you want it to adjust.
Drill the other side of the leg and use a D ring to hold it in place.
Just do two legs and you can set it up just about anywhere you want.
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Old 05-08-2012, 04:47 PM   #22
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All of mine are stongbuilts. I have about 8 of them and love them. Have them from 10'-16'.
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Old 05-08-2012, 04:48 PM   #23
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I use whatever I find on clearance in February of each year...LOL. I have several different brands. all bought new for $100 or less. They all hunt about the same. The gorilla brand seem to be a little shorted than advertised but other that that it makes little difference to me.

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Old 05-08-2012, 04:50 PM   #24
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the ideas are rolling in now..... sincerely thanks guys !!!
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:00 PM   #25
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I bought a 9' Texas Folding Tripod from Ultramatic Feeders in Hemstead Tx 5 years ago. It was around $300 but, man it looks just as good as day 1! I know I will get atleast another 10 years from it! The thing I like the most is it folds up and I throw it on my shoulder and move to the next spot.
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:04 PM   #26
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I bought a 9' Texas Folding Tripod from Ultramatic Feeders in Hemstead Tx 5 years ago. It was around $300 but, man it looks just as good as day 1! I know I will get atleast another 10 years from it! The thing I like the most is it folds up and I throw it on my shoulder and move to the next spot.
Let me clear things I actually have 2 of the same tripods. 1 for me and 1 for my 14 year old boy.
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:33 PM   #27
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I've got some of the gametamer quadpods. Love them!!!!

Stable, Quiet and easy to set up and level!

Not that hard to make, if you have a welder and a chop saw!
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:08 PM   #28
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I have a heavy duty one for sale in the classifieds. Pm me if you want more info.
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