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Old 10-18-2020, 08:27 AM   #1
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What's yall preference?

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Old 10-18-2020, 08:37 AM   #2
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Ladder simply because I can take one down and move it in about 15 minutes.
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Old 10-18-2020, 08:40 AM   #3
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Yup! When i do climb it's a ladder.
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Old 10-18-2020, 08:45 AM   #4
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Old 10-18-2020, 08:49 AM   #5
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I really enjoy my loc-on stand. Chair swivels and provides me four shooting lanes. I have it 17’ up in an oak tree. I actually use a ten foot ladder stand to climb the first section to it.
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Old 10-18-2020, 08:50 AM   #6
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Ladder stand here. I prefer over 15ft. My favorite is one that was custom built with a swivel seat about 17-18ft
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Old 10-18-2020, 09:27 AM   #7
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Lock on or climber. I got 5 lock on up and 4 climbers. Ladder stands are just to hard for me to put up alone.
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Old 10-18-2020, 09:38 AM   #8
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2 man ladder stands. The extra room is always welcome for gear and additional clothes and a you can have another with you if you wish. You can add gun rails and skirt the stand in camo. For older guys, the climbing is better than dealing with straight up strap to tree steps.
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Old 10-18-2020, 09:44 AM   #9
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Yes, both. If I can get a ladder stand up and conceal it just right, I prefer a ladder. A lot of the time you're cover is limited, so lock-ons are better for being able to adjust to find the right height for cover.
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Old 10-18-2020, 10:01 AM   #10
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Whichever, it needs to have a swivel chair to be able to SILENTLY with little movement be able to position yourself for the shot.
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Old 10-18-2020, 10:10 AM   #11
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I prefer a lock on, but I haven’t hunted out of a ladder stand in years. I guarantee I can throw a lock on up faster than a ladder stand can be put up.
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Old 10-18-2020, 11:38 AM   #12
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Ladder. Can’t stand lock ons.
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Old 10-18-2020, 11:44 AM   #13
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Ladder. Canít stand lock ons.
^^^ this right here.
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Old 10-18-2020, 11:54 AM   #14
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Ladder stands. I’m too big to trust lock ons
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Old 10-18-2020, 12:22 PM   #15
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Lock on stands. Have 12 at last count with either 20ft sticks or a combination of Hawk or Muddy steps. With a good harness and climbers belt I can throw one up pretty quick and silently. I use some ladders two, maybe have 5 or so. Anything over 15’ is pretty difficult to set up alone. Both have their positives and negatives and won’t pass up a good sale on either.
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Old 10-18-2020, 12:44 PM   #16
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I've used both. I think it depends on the setup. If you can have multiple shooting lanes, then lockon with swivel chair. If only in front of you lane then ladder.

As a big guy I trust ladder stands more. Not sure why but it just feels sturdier.
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Old 10-18-2020, 01:10 PM   #17
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I use both.
For more permanent locations I use a ladder.
I usually get about 4-5 years out of them in SE Texas before they rust up. I have to remove the cushions at the end of each season or they wonít last but one year.
Ladders can be a huge pain (and dangerous) to set up on your own.

Lock ons offer more flexibility. I can store them in my garage so they last longer and move them easily from season to season.
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Old 10-18-2020, 01:10 PM   #18
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I use both but since I’ve gotten older I use a ladder to access my lock ons instead of screw in steps.
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Old 10-18-2020, 01:36 PM   #19
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Depends on the tree for me. Sometimes lock on is easier and sometimes ladder is quicker and easier. Do prefer getting in and out of a ladder versus tree spikes.
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Old 10-18-2020, 01:45 PM   #20
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Loc on. Ladders are for pig hunting
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Old 10-18-2020, 02:03 PM   #21
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Ladder.
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Old 10-18-2020, 02:32 PM   #22
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Both, a ladder and a hang on. And a climber, several pop-ups, ground blind materials, ect. I let the situation dictate what I use.
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Old 10-18-2020, 03:45 PM   #23
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i prefer a ladder now, i have used a lock on a lot in my younger days,, but i have never owned or used a climber i have too many friends who were injured when they slipped,,,, but as i have gotten older i found the ladders to be much more to my liking especially the 2 man stands,, and i found out how to put them up pretty easy , even by myself,,, but even at that i prefer having a buddy around when i am in the woods working,,, things do happen
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Old 10-18-2020, 05:34 PM   #24
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Ladder are the safer of 2...and faster and easier to set up...But there are so agile monkeys that can put up a loc on up in a flash...I used both lots over the years...

Climber is still my Fav if you got trees that work ...
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Old 10-18-2020, 08:17 PM   #25
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Ladder are the safer of 2...and faster and easier to set up...But there are so agile monkeys that can put up a loc on up in a flash...I used both lots over the years...

Climber is still my Fav if you got trees that work ...
Yep, I can't get away from climbers... just put one up today, after I said I was done with them last year. Missed out on a good deal on one that antlers86 was selling, because I thought I was done with them.
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Old 10-18-2020, 08:43 PM   #26
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Ladder are the safer of 2...and faster and easier to set up...But there are so agile monkeys that can put up a loc on up in a flash...I used both lots over the years...

Climber is still my Fav if you got trees that work ...
Not necessarily. If weíre just going 16í and starting at the base of tree at same timeIíll go toe to toe with anyone with my loc on vs ladder.... if we got to go 200 yards plus, Iíll spot ya 30 minutes. Lol

I feel loc ons are safer as well. Iím attached to the tree the whole time vs you got to climb a ladder at least once to get safety apparatus set up. And standing them nightmares up can have a number of issues


I use ladders in permanent locations for hogs and such but they have no use in my deer hunting
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Old 10-18-2020, 08:44 PM   #27
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Lock on because i can get higher...
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Old 10-19-2020, 09:28 AM   #28
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I like lock ons. They are easier for me to handle by myself, I can climb higher, they are more comfortable. I frequently sit for 6-8 hours a day in Illinois and having lock ons that I feel safe catching a nap in and are comfortable enough nap, allow me to stay put.
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Old 10-19-2020, 10:29 AM   #29
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What lock on's do yall like?

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Old 10-19-2020, 10:41 AM   #30
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Ladder stands, two man ones to be exact. As already mentioned, the extra room is nice, adds some comfort and is good for extra gear. We also used to wrap the front and side rails with camo burlap for added concealment. They are also easier to get in and out of imo.

I do agree that ladder stands are more difficult to setup and require the right type of tree; which inherently makes them somewhat permanent type setups for a lot of folks. If flexibility and maneuverability were must haves, I'd go with a lock on.
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Old 10-19-2020, 10:47 AM   #31
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Lock on with independent sticks. I like that I can maneuver around branches with climbing sticks and maintain my cover.


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Old 10-19-2020, 10:48 AM   #32
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Ladder 100% of the time.
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Old 10-19-2020, 11:24 AM   #33
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Lock on or climber. I got 5 lock on up and 4 climbers. Ladder stands are just to hard for me to put up alone.
You are right about that! I just feel a bit safer in my two ladder stands.
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Old 10-19-2020, 12:18 PM   #34
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If your gonna leave it all season in one spot the hawk or millennium. My grab and go is lone wolf alpha. Itís the most adaptable and packable. Not most comfortable but good enough. Iíll trade the comforter for the other advantages
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Old 10-19-2020, 12:21 PM   #35
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I prefer ground blinds, then i don't have to worry about falling when i need a nap
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Old 10-19-2020, 12:26 PM   #36
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Lock ons because I can get them up in the forks of trees to help conceal my silhouette.


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Old 10-19-2020, 11:05 PM   #37
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Just bought two ladder stands off Facebook market place for $100 for both. Gonna try them.

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Old 10-19-2020, 11:08 PM   #38
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Aluminum ones!!!
The ones I have I donít think they even make anymore.
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Old 10-20-2020, 07:35 PM   #39
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Just a heads up. Camofire has hawk stands, steps and even saddles on sale today. They ain’t my favorite but better than a metal Walmart special
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Old 10-20-2020, 08:49 PM   #40
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whichever, it needs to have a swivel chair to be able to silently with little movement be able to position yourself for the shot.
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Old 10-22-2020, 10:53 AM   #41
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If your gonna leave it all season in one spot the hawk or millennium. My grab and go is lone wolf alpha. Itís the most adaptable and packable. Not most comfortable but good enough. Iíll trade the comforter for the other advantages
100%

Millennium is my permanent set. But my Lone Wolf gets hunted out of way more. I did replace the standard seat cushion with the thicker one and it has helped with the comfort level. But Iíll give up some comfort to be able to be mobile and make moves when I have to.
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