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Old 04-06-2018, 08:04 PM   #1
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Default Hang On vs. Ladder Stand. Advice!!

What do all of you prefer to hunt out of?

I am wanting to put a bow stand in a big oak tree at one of my spots, but am having a hard time deciding if I want put up a ladder stand or a hang on. I want to be at least 20-25 feet in the air because the oak is pretty bare until you get up to about 30 feet or so. I figured that 20-25 foot range would be plenty high enough without ample cover from the tree. I tried hunting from a ground blind last year, but the best places to put it is where all the deer come from so I didn't really hunt the spot much last year.

Anyways, any advice is appreciated! Thanks!
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Old 04-06-2018, 08:06 PM   #2
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With a oak I would do climbing sticks and a lock on.
Oaks can be tricky with a climber.

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Old 04-06-2018, 08:10 PM   #3
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When I was younger, I used hang on stands. Now it's ladder or ground blinds.
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Old 04-06-2018, 08:13 PM   #4
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Ladders for me. Havenít hunted out of a lock on except for once or thrice in prolly 10 years or so.


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Old 04-06-2018, 08:19 PM   #5
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Millennium Lock Ons for me...but their ladder is the bomb too. Just pricey
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Old 04-06-2018, 08:24 PM   #6
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Like both. Prefer lock ons.
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Old 04-06-2018, 08:26 PM   #7
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Lock on with 20ft ladder sticks
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Old 04-06-2018, 08:28 PM   #8
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Ladders are soooo much easier.
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Old 04-06-2018, 08:31 PM   #9
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Seems like it would be difficult to find a ladder stand that went 30 ft. Lock on and steps would work. BUT use a safety harness!!!!!
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Old 04-06-2018, 08:33 PM   #10
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I use both. Hard to find a good 20'+ ladder stand. Climbing sticks and a hang on is a good option. Or you could get a 20' tripod and put it right up against the tree.
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Old 04-06-2018, 08:34 PM   #11
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I like hang ons. But don't get caught up on 20'. I shot two bucks last year out of two "bare" trees from 12' up. Had 5 bucks in range on the first one and the 2nd one was right under me at one point. Lots of people shoot deer out of a 10' millennium tripod. Being 20-25' up only makes your target surface area smaller.
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Old 04-06-2018, 08:39 PM   #12
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2 man ladder for me, I like the extra room for comfort.
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Old 04-06-2018, 08:41 PM   #13
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Old 04-06-2018, 08:43 PM   #14
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I like hang ons. But don't get caught up on 20'. I shot two bucks last year out of two "bare" trees from 12' up. Had 5 bucks in range on the first one and the 2nd one was right under me at one point. Lots of people shoot deer out of a 10' millennium tripod. Being 20-25' up only makes your target surface area smaller.
That wouldn't work to well in E TX . E TX deer look up I'm trees all the time.

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Old 04-06-2018, 11:49 PM   #15
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That wouldn't work to well in E TX . E TX deer look up I'm trees all the time.

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Lol I assume this is sarcasm.
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Old 04-07-2018, 12:58 AM   #16
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Lock ons are the ticket. A 20-30 ft ladder is dicey at best. SETx, you will be better at a higher elevation unless you have some thick cover.
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Old 04-07-2018, 04:45 AM   #17
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That wouldn't work to well in E TX . E TX deer look up I'm trees all the time.

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I have been busted over 20 feet up a a tree or more in east tx. The mature ones will look up. Not the pigs and not young deer. and I have had them look me in the eye see me and run off snorting. All while 25 feet or more actually.
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Old 04-07-2018, 04:49 AM   #18
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I hunt from trees lock ons, climbers, but I've had the best success lately hiding a chair in the brush. That style of hunting is exciting and you have to be ready because stuff happens real fast.
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Old 04-07-2018, 06:44 AM   #19
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Lol I assume this is sarcasm.
No it's a fact.
I had a doe that I saw way before she came to the feeder.
I had not move a muscle as she approached the feeder. She was walking straight to me and had to turn to go to the feeder putting her broadside to me.
Where she got to the feeder she stop and picked her head up and looked up and all around, she saw me but wasn't sure what I was, thanks to the leafy suit.
The wind was in my face and this was the first time I had hunted this set.
No way she knew I was there but she looked up and checked the trees.
She should looked harder though.


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Old 04-07-2018, 07:13 AM   #20
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Ladder. Probably safer. Definitely easier.
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Old 04-07-2018, 07:15 AM   #21
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I like ladder stands , especially the two man ones. Lost of room, can buy extensions to go as high as you want. Put some camo netting around it and you are good to go. I now use these for 90% of my stands.
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Old 04-07-2018, 07:21 AM   #22
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We hunt primarily lock on stands with stacking sticks and we prefer Millennium lock on stands. We try to get between 20' and 25' when we can but sometimes that isn't possible. Ladder stands are great to hunt out of we just find it easier to put up and take down lock on stands. Whatever you decide just be sure and wear your safety harness when putting your stand up, hunting it, or taking it down.
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Old 04-07-2018, 07:26 AM   #23
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I hunt from trees lock ons, climbers, but I've had the best success lately hiding a chair in the brush. That style of hunting is exciting and you have to be ready because stuff happens real fast.
A few years ago I had a deer walk up behind and pass me like 6ft from me. Came out the brush and looked at me and kept walking. Biggest adrenaline rush ever !
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Old 04-07-2018, 07:27 AM   #24
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That's so true and once you been found you can bet they will look up there every time
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Old 04-07-2018, 08:07 AM   #25
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A few years ago I had a deer walk up behind and pass me like 6ft from me. Came out the brush and looked at me and kept walking. Biggest adrenaline rush ever !
Nothing better than being up close to wildlife and undetected, those are my best hunting memories.
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Old 04-07-2018, 08:25 AM   #26
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That's so true and once you been found you can bet they will look up there every time
Yep I had one doe bust me. Every time after that when she would step out in the shooting lane she would look at the base of the tree to see if the climber was there and if I was in it she would look up and bust me.
Finally when muzzleloader season got there I moved the stand to the other side and back off a little . I watch her come out look at the tree where I had been and look up to see if I was there.
She did a double check and started to the feeder.......... She never made it .
That was a very satisfying hunt.

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Old 04-07-2018, 11:12 AM   #27
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Depends on what you intend to do.
If you plan on leaving it there all season, a 15ft. ladder stand is all you need. Wrap it in camo burlap.
If you're like me, and move when the deer change up their pattern, a lock on is the way to go.
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Old 04-07-2018, 11:24 AM   #28
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i have seen old does catch the leg of a ladder stand, and follow it all the way up until they saw me.

there are no straight lines in nature.
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Old 04-07-2018, 11:32 AM   #29
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Old 04-07-2018, 11:37 AM   #30
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Since I no longer exceed the weight limit of most stands I am slowly switching to lock on stands. I'm not as comfortable in a lock on as I am a ladder but they are so much more versatile. Finding the right tree handicaps you so much with a ladder stand.
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Old 04-07-2018, 01:04 PM   #31
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its hard to beat a good summit!
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Old 04-07-2018, 01:32 PM   #32
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Personally, I have never been a fan of the small seated ladder stands because they don't allow one to swivel for certain shots without too much movement. The same for most of the small seated hang-on stands which scare the bejeezus out of me. I prefer the "Gametamer" type hang on with the swivel seat and larger platform.

Having said that, I do have two LARGE, heavy homemade ladder stands with swivel seats that I bought off TBH. One is in use and one is at my house. They are comfortable and safe, but not portable without a couple of helpers or a tractor.
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Old 04-07-2018, 02:12 PM   #33
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Ladders are soooo much easier.
Agree, and safer. I prefer pop ups but if i have to get in a tree it's gonna be on a ladder stand. I hate the transition from climbing sticks to the stand and don't like looking down and seeing nothing for 20ft under my feet
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Old 04-07-2018, 02:25 PM   #34
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I prefer my ladders and tripods now, don't like getting high in the tree anymore as I've gotten older.
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Old 04-07-2018, 02:33 PM   #35
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I like 15’ tripods backed into brush and trees myself
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Old 04-07-2018, 04:56 PM   #36
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No it's a fact.
I had a doe that I saw way before she came to the feeder.
I had not move a muscle as she approached the feeder. She was walking straight to me and had to turn to go to the feeder putting her broadside to me.
Where she got to the feeder she stop and picked her head up and looked up and all around, she saw me but wasn't sure what I was, thanks to the leafy suit.
The wind was in my face and this was the first time I had hunted this set.
No way she knew I was there but she looked up and checked the trees.
She should looked harder though.


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Both of the bucks I was talking about were east Texas bucks. If they'll see you at 12' they'll likely see you at 20'. To say deer in one part of the state aren't killable at a certain height is laughable. And again, as you get higher, you just make close shots harder.
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Old 04-07-2018, 05:30 PM   #37
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Who taught the east Texas deer to look up? LOL!
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Old 04-07-2018, 05:42 PM   #38
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I'm more or less worried about being seen since the tree is pretty bare until you get about 30ft up. That is definitely too high for me.
I'm not so much worried about the whitetail, but the axis seem to be able to see everything!
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Old 04-07-2018, 06:23 PM   #39
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I like ladder stands, but your description sounds like a good lock on would be better.
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Old 04-07-2018, 06:28 PM   #40
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Just get a woodsy two quad pod and enjoy
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Old 04-07-2018, 07:46 PM   #41
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Who taught the east Texas deer to look up? LOL!
We did by hunting them out of trees.


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Old 04-07-2018, 08:04 PM   #42
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Both of the bucks I was talking about were east Texas bucks. If they'll see you at 12' they'll likely see you at 20'. To say deer in one part of the state aren't killable at a certain height is laughable. And again, as you get higher, you just make close shots harder.
Sometimes yes.
But the higher you are the more you can get away with and your scent travels further before it gets to their nose.


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Old 04-07-2018, 09:00 PM   #43
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All I can say is get cha some of these East Texas deer. Sounds like you will be hungry
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Old 04-07-2018, 09:48 PM   #44
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Lock on for me. I can't ever seem to get a ladder stand positioned to where it is comfortable enough to sit in for hours.
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