Climbing treestands are all the rage, and there’s no question they can’t be beat for portability and comfort. And if you think prices at the gas pump can cause sticker shock, wait until you get out the checkbook for a new climbing treestand. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my climber and wouldn’t be without it, but don’t rule out a fixed-position treestands or ground blinds.
Fixed-position stands are less expensive and, more importantly, can be put in places you can’t take a climber. It only takes one thick limb sticking out of the best tree to make it unusable for someone with a climber, but branches are no problem for a hunter with a fixed-position stand. The new lightweight ladder sticks make installing a fixed-position stand a breeze, and you can really get in the thick stuff and hide.
Ground blinds can be used in places where there are no climbable trees, in fields or near crops. They’re great for taking kids or for people who can’t climb. If you’re planning to use a ground blind, it’s best to put it in place before the season starts to let the deer get used to it.
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