Reply
Go Back   TexasBowhunter.com Community Discussion Forums > Topics > Public Hunting Opportunities
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-02-2017, 12:37 AM   #1
Kirby86
Ten Point
 
Kirby86's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Fort Worth,
Hunt In: Public Land, probably your spot
Default Letís See Your Lightweight (Mobile) Public Land Setups! (Stands/sticks & climbers)

Hey folks! Iíve had a few people ask me how exactly I haul my stand in and out of the woods since I hang and hunt. I started out with a climber in 2011, but a couple years ago I switched to an XOP Vanish Xt (pretty much a lone wolf clone, same original designer for LW).

Anyhow, Iíve looked at Gameplan Gearís TTS (theyíre now out of business), the Sitka Tool Bucket, and other frame pack options. But so far nothing has beat my Molle II straps attached to the bottom of this stand.

So how do I carry and attach it? Well, these arenít the best pics but hereís a step by step I took the other day. Hereís what it looks like before carting it around. backpack and sticks attached.


Website photo

stand with Molle II shoulders straps and kidney belt attached

As for the sticks, Iíve gone with some X-stand mantis sticks, but Iím debating replacing them with Hawk Helium, XOP or Lone Wolf sticks with the versa button mod. Regardless of what I go with, and this is likely the most important part of this post, Iíll be replacing the buckles with 8mm static line. This stuff has saved a LOT of weight but a lot more time and is a heck of a lot more quiet! Plus the rope distributes the weight more evenly, so when you swing it around the tree in the dark itís way easier to catch than playing sling-buckle. The other nice thing is that you can make the rope as long as you like! I have mine set at 8 foot, loop included. This rope can be purchased at any store that sells climbing spec rope. I bought mine from REI.

Stick attached to tree. Around the button the ropes kind of have this Chinese finger trap type motion that tightens and pops into place. Simply hitch it off and the weight wonít allow it to move.

So, how do I get in the tree?

Well from ground level I attach the first stick about shoulder height. On my first stick I have attached a 3 foot loop of mil spec tubing to put my foot in. This gives me a bit more height.

After attaching that stick, I put my linemanís belt on the tree. THIS IS ESSENTIAL. I canít stress this enough as I would fall off the tree leaning back if I tried this without one.

Once the first step is on the tree, the treestand goes on my back with a pull up line attached to my bag, and a pull up line from my bag to my bow. It can be hard setting em out to make sure they arenít tangled, but I want to be in the tree IN ONE TRIP.

On my harness I have a paracord loop on each side. One stick goes in the loop on either side, like so.

I then put stick #2 (after attaching linemanís belt and stick #1 with the tube loop) on top of stick one and climb up. Then I attach it. Then on to the next step til I get to the top. I get there I take the stand off my back, attach my tree strap (which my harness will connect to) then attach the stand to the tree. I couldnít get pics of this, but if you google ďcam locking a tree standĒ you can get it done with a single strap. You do this by attaching the strap to the tree, lifting the platform, then dropping your knee onto the seat with the platform slightly elevated. Then lower the stand platform and it will wedge the stand into the tree, providing for a VERY solid platform. If youíre not comfortable with a single strap, XOP has a button for the second strap but I donít find this necessary.

ALWAYS WEAR YOUR SAFETY HARNESS!!!

This whole setup weighs about 20-25lbs. This jumps to around 30-35 with my backpack, which I attach to the stand with bungee straps and my lineman harness which doubles as a tie down strap.

With all of this, I can usually be up a tree and hunting in 10-15 minutes from the time I get there to when Iím ready. Iím sure I could pare it down some with practice but Iím never in that much of a hurry since Iím usually up hiking early.

If you have a similar setup or any tips or critiques, Iíd love to see them! Share what you got! Maybe you have something better that I havenít thought of! view from the tree
Kirby86 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 11-02-2017, 07:14 AM   #2
GD47
Four Point
 
GD47's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Bryan
Hunt In: Lee
Default

18ft legs and a lock.on

Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
GD47 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 11-02-2017, 08:43 AM   #3
BW96
Eight Point
 
BW96's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Tyler
Hunt In: Public and wood county
Default

Awesome. I've always used a climber on public. It's an Xstand Xcape. I think its 13lbs, extremely light and folds flats. And inexpensive compared to most. Thanks for the detailed explanation, some spots I could really benefit from a lock on.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
BW96 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 11-02-2017, 09:51 AM   #4
BuckSmasher
Ten Point
 
BuckSmasher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Tyler, TX
Hunt In: All Over
Default

That seems like a lot of work compared to a climber.

What was your thought process behind the switch to hang ons?

I know some areas where the tree's are better suited to hang ons but the setup seems like a pita.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
BuckSmasher is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 11-02-2017, 10:01 AM   #5
stickbowcoop
Ten Point
 
stickbowcoop's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Springtown TX
Hunt In: OH, PA, looking for a place in TX.
Default

I used to use both a Lone Wolf Assault hang-on with 4 Lone Wolf sticks and a Lone Wolf handclimber on public back in PA and OH. They are both sold now because after 3 back surgeries and 2 bicep surgeries I am probably done climbing trees. But once you develop a system, the LW hang-on is pretty fast and easy to set up. It only took a couple minutes more and you could pick any spot that had good sign and not have to pick a spot based off of having a climbable tree for a climber.

This was my Assault, it was the 11lb model not the older 8.5lb one. I liked strapping the sticks on this way compared to how LW recommends because it kept the weight closer to my back and more compact.

stickbowcoop is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 11-03-2017, 05:18 AM   #6
Kirby86
Ten Point
 
Kirby86's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Fort Worth,
Hunt In: Public Land, probably your spot
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BuckSmasher View Post
That seems like a lot of work compared to a climber.

What was your thought process behind the switch to hang ons?

I know some areas where the tree's are better suited to hang ons but the setup seems like a pita.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk


Being limited to straight unbranched trees will put the kibosh on several spots I hunt.

With my setup I can be up and hunting in a little more time than a climber and I can pretty much hunt any tree that I can fit the sticks around. Both bucks I killed last year wouldnít have been possible without this stand setup.

Not many folks hunt this way. Itís more work, yes. But I can bounce around and hit a different spot everyday.

A few years back I used to put out a few ladder stands and utilize the climber. Problem is, you hammer a spot 2 days in a row for several weeks and youíre going to make deer smarten up to your presence.

With this setup I can be as mobile as I want to and not worry about burning out any of my hunting spots before Iím ready. Itís really not anymore work than a climber. I still have my lone wolf sit and climb and the weight differences arenít much. I could make it a heck of a lot lighter if I stopped carrying so much crap in my backpack!
Kirby86 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 11-03-2017, 05:48 PM   #7
seminole1990
Ten Point
 
seminole1990's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Prosper, Texas
Hunt In: Valdosta, GA; Haskell, Tx, The H, LBJ Grasslands
Default

I own a couple of LW Alpha stands, a Muddy, and then a Field and Stream.
Most comfortable: Muddy
Easiest to use: Lone Wolf
I have put together similar set ups to the one you have but I really didn't have to walk that far with it. When I hunted Hagerman a couple years ago I made a bunch of noise reducing modifications. The set up on the bike is awesome but requires a some detail with regard to weight distribution and tying it down firmly. Worked awesome.
The last picture which looks like nothing but trees is the angle from where I thought the deer would approach, and from their viewpoint. Can't see the stand. These things are awesome. I enjoyed your write up and got some ideas from your methodology. Thanks!
Attached Images
        
seminole1990 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 11-03-2017, 05:57 PM   #8
seminole1990
Ten Point
 
seminole1990's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Prosper, Texas
Hunt In: Valdosta, GA; Haskell, Tx, The H, LBJ Grasslands
Default

Forgot one last photo of my sticks. I used a combo of cheap electrical tape, and some camo tape I bought on sale at Academy (that stuff can get expensive!) I wrapped the buckles and carabiners with bike tire tubing. The difference in noise is astounding, however, it does add on weight. In any event it was and continues to be a fun project.
Attached Images
 
seminole1990 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 11-03-2017, 06:01 PM   #9
Jeremy7306
Pope & Young
 
Jeremy7306's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Burleson,TX
Hunt In: Whitney, Anywhere I can find
Default

In for later


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Jeremy7306 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:05 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Copyright 1999-2012, TexasBowhunter.com