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Old 09-22-2017, 09:10 AM   #1
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I need some help. I've always used ladder stands and climbers. This year I keep looking at the lone wolf hangons as an option for public hunting. Anyone else out there use hangons on public land? I want the mobility but don't want to obstruct my shooting when bow hunting
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Old 09-22-2017, 09:20 AM   #2
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I have used both the Lone Wolf Assault hang-on and sticks and their handclimber and sit & climb. I really preferred the hang-on because it did not limit me to straight bare trees. But after 2 bicep surgeries I had difficulty hanging the Assault so I sold it. Now I just have the climbers which I am probably selling after yet another surgery (back surgery this time).

I would hang every time I hunted. Once you develop a system it's not hard to hang and hunt each time without being all sweaty and tired. Edit: well of course as long as you didn't have two ruptured bicep tendons lol.
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Old 09-22-2017, 09:22 AM   #3
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I prefer hangon with climbing sticks. This will give you more options on trees you can get into. With a climber you are restricted to straight trees with no branches.
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Old 09-22-2017, 09:26 AM   #4
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It all revolves around what kind of trees you have in your target area!
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Old 09-22-2017, 09:36 AM   #5
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Ive always had both because of this. Use the hang-on on crooked trees and climber where I know I have straight trees with few branches like creek bottoms or east texas.
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Old 09-22-2017, 09:48 AM   #6
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I feel they both have their advantages with the sticks and lockon being more versatile for sure. I only had a climber last year and had days where it made me want to pull my hair out. It sucks finding great spot with only crooked/thick trees. Bought LW sticks and stand for this year to add some new capabilities. I will still use the climber on some of the trees I know already through scouting, but later in the season when the deer are getting pushed around the LW will be a huge asset. the Lone Wolf stands have quite a few things I would recommend upgrading. Do some youtube searching if you haven't already or you can PM me and I will walk you through what I have done so far.

Good luck and be safe.
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Old 09-22-2017, 10:26 AM   #7
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I have hunted public land for years....SHNF.
Tree climber is the way to go. Get an Ol'Man climber, you can always find a straight pine tree and climb as high as you want and you can move locations in a hurry.
I know everybody has their on way of hunting and types of stands, but I never leave the house without my climber. Good luck this year!!!
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Old 09-22-2017, 12:48 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the comments. How easy is it on your backside to make an all day sit in the lone wolf hangons?
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Old 09-22-2017, 01:25 PM   #9
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I've hunted out of all three up here in West Virginia I would throw out the ladder and stick to the Hang on and climbers but love the Climbers!!!! Don't go cheap on them get a bigger one.
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Old 09-22-2017, 02:11 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the comments. How easy is it on your backside to make an all day sit in the lone wolf hangons?
I upgraded the seat as I had some concerns with my back issues. The LW upgraded seat is about 3 times thicker and weighs next to nothing. In my climber I fell asleep plenty of times last year. There were days were I thought about just sleeping in the tree to be in place for the morning hunt. This is another reason why I always wear a quality harness.
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Old 09-22-2017, 02:24 PM   #11
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GOOD climbers are way more comfortable than a hang on.
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Old 09-22-2017, 02:30 PM   #12
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I prefer hang on with rapid rails.. a hang on will work anywhere a climber will but don't work the other way around.. if it's public land and you remove your stand every time the I'd prefer a climber..
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Old 09-22-2017, 02:47 PM   #13
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I have hunted public land for years....SHNF.
Tree climber is the way to go. Get an Ol'Man climber, you can always find a straight pine tree and climb as high as you want and you can move locations in a hurry.
I know everybody has their on way of hunting and types of stands, but I never leave the house without my climber. Good luck this year!!!
Yes, but... that is the SHNF which is just mostly square miles of tall, straight pines. Even most of the hardwood stands has a pine you can find.

Leave the SHNF and you find that climbers aren't really all that useful. I sold my climber... to a buddy that was just getting into hunting the SHNF... because you are correct, it is an awesome stand for that area.

For better versatility, a hang on with sticks (preferably the segmented ones) is the way to go.
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Old 09-22-2017, 02:59 PM   #14
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I'll be hunting Moore in SNF and some SHNF. Generally I've always been able to find trees for climbers. I was just robbed of a doe once by the bar on a sit and climb. Makes me leery of trying another hang on for bow
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Old 09-26-2017, 09:54 PM   #15
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I'll be hunting Moore in SNF and some SHNF. Generally I've always been able to find trees for climbers. I was just robbed of a doe once by the bar on a sit and climb. Makes me leery of trying another hang on for bow
I own a pile of hang on stands, including a Lone Wolf, and I don't understand how any of them would get in the way of shooting a bow. There's a platform to stand on, a seat to sit on, a tree trunk to lean on, and the front and sides are wide open for shooting.
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Old 10-02-2017, 09:56 AM   #16
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Having this debate right now with myself. I have used a climber for the past 4 or 5 years hunting public land and the place I'm hunting now has some trees for the climber, but there are a lot more available trees for a hang on with some rapid rails. I walked into a set this weekend, had a cluster of trees picked out for my climber, but wasn't able to get as high as I wanted and ended up being a lot closer to the trail the deer were using than I would have liked. I picked another tree out about 17 yards from the trail, but soon found out that the tree was too small for the climber to get very high. I ended up sitting in that tree any ways, just made sure my harness was strapped to the tree and I took my time standing up, and sitting down.

I'll be looking for a set of rails and hang on, and comparing the two this season.
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Old 10-02-2017, 12:14 PM   #17
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I grew up in Kentucky and climbers worked great there. Tons of tall oaks and hickory trees to choose from. Since living in Oklahoma and Texas hunting public hangons are the better choice for me. I'm not limited by the size or how strait the tree is. If I want to I can lock it in the tree and pull the sticks on my way down.
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Old 10-09-2017, 11:53 AM   #18
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It really boils down in my opinion to the area you are hunting, but both will work. I would let my scouting of the area decide. I have both, I brought a few cheap $50 hang on stands that if I hunting the area for a few days, depending on the rules of the public land area, I will leave it up and take my sticks, that if someone stole them on public land, I wouldn't be that mad. I also have a climber for that area that i will on hunt that have a lot of straight trees and I can change locations quickly.
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Old 10-09-2017, 02:26 PM   #19
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Hang ons are the bomb. Esp if you are in an area with live oaks like in TX. I own 2 Lone Wolfs and 1 muddy...I've modified each one with cord wrapped around the edges, foot rests and thicker seat cushions. I've done a few all day sits in them, which works if you take the time to level and make it comfy. Like the other said go on youtube or PM me and I'll tell you...but I got my ideas from youtube.
Like another TBH'er mentioned---I also purchased a very inexpensive lock on and sticks (vs lone wolfs) for public land. My feelings won't be AS hurt if someone decided to risk gripping the set up. Would def consider taking the sticks if you are going to leave the stand. don't forget to invest in a good harness too. Lastly, consider getting a MOLLE along with back pack straps. Potentially, you are going to have lock-on, sticks, backpack, bow, and quiver to haul in...It's worth it. You can get MOLLEs on ebay for cheap.
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Old 10-09-2017, 02:46 PM   #20
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hang on with climbing sticks
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Old 10-09-2017, 10:29 PM   #21
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Old 10-09-2017, 10:51 PM   #22
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Hang on and climbing sticks. I prefer a platform mounted bow holder on all of mine. I love my summit climber just not as versatile in my opinion.
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Old 10-12-2017, 10:44 AM   #23
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Lone wolf hand climber for me . It’s just so versatile , and I never have trouble finding trees to climb in the SNF . I like to get 25’-30’ off the ground and take my stand with me when I leave . that’s almost impossible with a hang on and climbing sticks ..
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Old 10-12-2017, 04:07 PM   #24
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Never tried a climber. I'm too fat and surely would be winded and sweaty after inching up a tree.
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Old 10-12-2017, 06:14 PM   #25
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I have one of each.

Climber: Summit Viper SD

Hang-on: Hawk Helium XL with Helium climbing sticks.

I honestly don't use the climber as much since I got the hang on. I find the hang on allows me access to more areas by being more adaptable. Still not sure I'd part with my climber though.
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Old 10-13-2017, 01:31 PM   #26
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I like a hang on best. I have a lone wolf millennium 150 and a game tamer. But crazy thing is the last couple of years I've hunted off the ground in a natural blind made of brush and cedars. I've seen way more deer �� hunting on the ground.
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Old 10-13-2017, 02:51 PM   #27
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I've been hunting out of climbers for 27 years in the SHNF and have used it in the SNF. I've used hang-on's but they are a lot harder to get as high as I like in a tree. They also aren't nearly as fast to get set up either. My vote is a good climber! In the SNF and the SHNF you want regret it!
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Old 10-13-2017, 03:29 PM   #28
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If I'm hunting somewhere with a lot of pine trees, my climber is my go to. Now that I'm hunting a place with not near as many pines as there are oaks, I'm using my hang on a lot more and it's pretty dang easy to setup on short notice.
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