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Old 09-18-2013, 12:15 PM   #1
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I like 20ft. Just seems to be a good height to get above line a of sight and some scent/movement issues. I have hunted 10 ft when thats all I had and did good. But will say 20ft overall.
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:17 PM   #2
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will be my first year hunting in the air. Intrested to see what yall say. I dont really like being up high.
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:20 PM   #3
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25 is the perfect height, IMO. The extra 5 feet seem to make a diffirence. Ive hunted from 18-28 feet up (Filmed from the 28 foot height).

I hate being up that high, but once Im strapped in I feel pretty safe.
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:20 PM   #4
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As high as you can possibly get, but there is no minimum. Just ask Michael about his "Killin Tree". I think its about 5ft off the ground.
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:20 PM   #5
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For me in E Tx and white tails it 20 ft but I like 30 ft. The wind swirls so much so the higher the longer it takes your scent to drop down .
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:22 PM   #6
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Every deer I have killed with a bow is less than 12' and no further than 16 yds.
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:24 PM   #7
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I was at 15 last yr and got busted twice by site from 15 or 20 feet away and now I am at nose bleed altiltudes but stay strapped in
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:26 PM   #8
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I try to get 25 feet up. The biggest buck I have shot to date with my bow came in dead down wind and never knew I was there til it was to late. I havent been busted that high up yet but I sure have been busted in my 15 and 17 foot ladder stands
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:26 PM   #9
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Hunted with 12' tripod, mostly because the trees on the leases I've been on are not much taller than that and have had good luck. I wouldn't go any shorter.
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:27 PM   #10
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I've killed em at less than 10 all the way up to 20. No sense in going any higher than that for me.
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:28 PM   #11
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I use a climber, so I go to the end of my 25' pull up rope.
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:29 PM   #12
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20 feet!?! Holy cow!

If I hunted with a compound with sights, then yea, 20' is fine. But with traditional gear, the higher up I get, the worse my chances of making the shot. I typically set my stands between 12 and 15 feet. Never had a problem, and the shot angle is better.

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Old 09-18-2013, 12:31 PM   #13
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As high as I need to be concealed/ shoot opp. In east Tx. 10'-35'. In central Tx. I've hunted from ground to 14'. Public land I've often hunted 30'-35' before the first limb. Past that and I'm not as comfortable.
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:31 PM   #14
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I have normally hunted 16'
A few areas 20 - 25'
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:32 PM   #15
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20 feet!?! Holy cow!

If I hunted with a compound with sights, then yea, 20' is fine. But with traditional gear, the higher up I get, the worse my chances of making the shot. I typically set my stands between 12 and 15 feet. Never had a problem, and the shot angle is better.

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when I hear of guys going 25 oto 30 feet, the shot angle seems to get a bit tricky. I think I remember a study years back that gauged like a smoke bomb going off and at 20 feet and the current was enough to get the smoke high enough that it stayed above a deers height. That sure spoke a lot to me.
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:46 PM   #16
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The lowest I've had one is about 8' from the base to the ground. Deer would walk right under me!
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:48 PM   #17
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The lowest I've had one is about 8' from the base to the ground. Deer would walk right under me!

that kinda blows the whole need to be 30 feet up in the air discussion.
Good point.
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:49 PM   #18
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I have no issue with 20', but have worried in recent years about the impact the drought has had on trees. Seems some trees appear fine, but given the right conditions snap like dried twigs.
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:52 PM   #19
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As high as you can possibly get, but there is no minimum. Just ask Michael about his "Killin Tree". I think its about 5ft off the ground.
I agree, I have one in a mesquite tree and the platform is at 5'6". Have done verywell in that stand too.
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:53 PM   #20
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Lowest I will go is 15' and highest 30'. Some places I hunt it is a struggle to get 15' but in the piney woods 30' is easy.
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:57 PM   #21
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I like 25 ish feet!
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Old 09-18-2013, 01:05 PM   #22
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Last time I killed anything from a tree stand was a bear 6 feet up at 8 yards.
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Old 09-18-2013, 01:12 PM   #23
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Old 09-18-2013, 01:14 PM   #24
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I have always hunted with my feet between 10-12 feet off of the ground. The deer do periodically look at me. I have one stand that is about 15-18 feet up there and it scares me.
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Old 09-18-2013, 01:17 PM   #25
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I'm not sure. Had one at about 10-12 last year, but didn't ever see a deer out of it. This year I'm higher in a different tree, but surely it's less than 20' up. Big problem is that the tree is on a hillside, I'm probably 30+ feet high on one side, but the feeder is nearly level with me on the other side. I'm just hoping the deer look out parallel to the terrain instead of straight out. Luckily, I've got good cover front and back, and the prevailing winds blue my scent out over the low side and down across a pond. On my lease, good trees big enough for a lock on are few and far between, so I find one that looks good, then find a limb that looks like it has a good spot for a stand, height is secondary when you have limited options of trees and even further limited options of limbs within those few trees.
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Old 09-18-2013, 01:21 PM   #26
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For those of you saying you get 25-30' up, do you actually measure? Not being snarky, but seems like most people think they're 30' up and it's more like 18'


I read about an older fella the other day that put his lock on about 2' off the ground. He was old and didn't want to fall, but thought his stand was comfy and wanted to continue sitting in it. He killed a few deer
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Old 09-18-2013, 01:22 PM   #27
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Im 15 - 20 feet up and never been busted by sight...... my stinch has given me away a couple of times. LOL
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Old 09-18-2013, 01:23 PM   #28
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All of mine are 25 to 30. One reason I like them high is I believe you can get away with more movement when that high. The other reason is I don't have to worry about my dad or brother hunting my stand.
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Old 09-18-2013, 01:25 PM   #29
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For those of you saying you get 25-30' up, do you actually measure? Not being snarky, but seems like most people think they're 30' up and it's more like 18'


I read about an older fella the other day that put his lock on about 2' off the ground. He was old and didn't want to fall, but thought his stand was comfy and wanted to continue sitting in it. He killed a few deer
I have a 35 foot lock on. One of my favorite stands. Measured it from feet to ground with a range finder.
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Old 09-18-2013, 01:26 PM   #30
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I have a 35 foot lock on. One of my favorite stands. Measured it from feet to ground with a range finder.

Well there ya go


Do you shoot your trad bow from it?
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Old 09-18-2013, 01:30 PM   #31
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I usea 20 foot climbing stick, then I add 2 regular tree sticks above that. Stand is hung just to the side of the 2nd stick. Always come out to around 25or 26 foot. (Via pull rope length)
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Old 09-18-2013, 01:33 PM   #32
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Well there ya go


Do you shoot your trad bow from it?
Compound. I'll only shoot trad from the ground. Is this in the trad section? I'm on tapatalk and can't see
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Old 09-18-2013, 01:35 PM   #33
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Compound. I'll only shoot trad from the ground. Is this in the trad section? I'm on tapatalk and can't see
No, it's around the camp fire. I was just curious. I was thinking it would be tough from that high without sights.
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Old 09-18-2013, 01:43 PM   #34
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Michael Middleton's famed "killing tree" stand in Encinal is something like 6 feet off the ground. Maybe less.

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Old 09-18-2013, 03:02 PM   #35
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Michael Middleton's famed "killing tree" stand in Encinal is something like 6 feet off the ground. Maybe less.

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Old 09-18-2013, 05:24 PM   #36
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I use the 20' sticks with the lock on mounted above the top step
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Old 09-18-2013, 06:01 PM   #37
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6' or so gets you above the deer's sight line. Any higher than that is for increaded visibility and scent control (though I am not too sure about the scent control).
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Old 09-18-2013, 06:07 PM   #38
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My fav stant is 30 or as everyone calls the nose bleed section. But that being said any hight as long as i have good cover and can still see really well
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Old 09-18-2013, 06:09 PM   #39
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I think you need to let the deer decide how high you go. The deer in my area rarely look up because most of the area I hunt doesn't have many tree's so they don't have much experience with hunters in tree's. I hunt out of a few tri-pods that are 10ft to the seat and almost never get busted. I also have a couple of ladders stands that are 16ft to the seat and don't even have any cover around and never get busted out of them. Of course now that I say this, I will probably get busted left and right this year.
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Old 09-18-2013, 06:14 PM   #40
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I think 20ft is safe for any situation...there's a lot to be said for the backdrop behind you as well. With the sun behind you, a good canopy behind you, and the wind in your face...you could kill them from ground level every time. From my experience 20ft is just about right.
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Old 09-18-2013, 06:17 PM   #41
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Old 09-18-2013, 06:17 PM   #42
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Back in the late 80's I had one of those wedge in tree platforms that I used at this older mans place to hunt trails out of a swampy area. I was useing Myles Keller's jell back then and put some on the heel of my boot to mask the scent walking in. The place I wedged in was about 4 feet off the ground but its all I had with the stand I could use so I made it work.
Anyway, one day about 20 minutes after I got up there a young yearling doe makes a beeline on the exact line I came in on. She milled around a little then stopped right under where I was knelled down. As she was looking away I touched her on the top of her head and she went ballistic. I did too cause it jammed my finger so bad I had a splint on one of my fingers for 2 weeks.

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Old 09-18-2013, 06:19 PM   #43
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20-30ft?!

Oak trees at our place you can't walk around the trunk without hitting your head, they're crooked as all get out, and the very tip tops are maybe 20-30ft.

I have one about 8'. One about 10', and a 16ft ladder.

Finding a straight section is the hardest part.
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Old 09-18-2013, 06:24 PM   #44
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20-30ft?!

Oak trees at our place you can't walk around the trunk without hitting your head, they're crooked as all get out, and the very tip tops are maybe 20-30ft.

I have one about 8'. One about 10', and a 16ft ladder.

Finding a straight section is the hardest part.
I'm in exactly the same boat brother, who stole our paddle?
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Old 09-18-2013, 06:32 PM   #45
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minimum for me is 20' idea is 25-30.. i love the rapid rails cause you can go up 5 feet hop over one tree then back to the first one if needed..
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Old 09-18-2013, 07:42 PM   #46
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15' because thats all i have and never had any problems
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Old 09-18-2013, 08:18 PM   #47
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I'm in exactly the same boat brother, who stole our paddle?
When you find out, let me know.

I'd kill to be able to get 20-25' up.
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Old 09-18-2013, 08:41 PM   #48
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Man - y'all like to get high. It's more about cover and background than height. And just flat out being still. I have killed good bucks off a 6 ft-7ft tripod tucked in a cedar
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Old 09-18-2013, 08:43 PM   #49
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I'm in exactly the same boat brother, who stole our paddle?
Y'all need to get a Woodsy hang on stand
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Old 09-18-2013, 08:54 PM   #50
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No right or wrong answer. Depends on cover. Personally in East Texas I like 30 plus. But that is dictated by surrounding terrain.
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