Buckmasters Tip: Make Your Own Perfect Tree

by Justin on July 3, 2008

Buckmasters Tip of the Week: Make Your Own Perfect Tree

How many times have you found the ideal tree for a stand, but it doesn’t have enough cover to break up your outline? There are handy brackets on the market with very real-looking tree limbs you can purchase to help hide your treestand, but if you’re willing to do just a little work at home, you can make your own with some simple plumbing supplies.

You can make a branch hanger with 3/4- or 1-inch PVC pipe. Cut a piece of the PVC about 4 inches long on a 45 degree angle, then in the middle of the angle, straight through the pipe, drill a hole to insert a #8 or #10, 3-inch decking screw. Paint the hanger with your favorite camo color, or wrap it with camo tape. These hangers can be placed on the tree around your stand with a cordless screwdriver. Then cut limbs from the natural surrounding area and place them in your brackets.

You can also attach the brackets to your climbing stand with camo tape. Remember to check your local laws concerning cutting branches and other plants on public lands.

–Thanks to Kevin Canfield of Middletown, Ohio, for this week’s Tip.

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Tom Sorenson July 3, 2008 at 2:49 pm

Good idea. I don’t hunt from a tree stand much – but when I do, it is near impossible to find the “perfect” tree!

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Justin July 3, 2008 at 9:34 pm

No tree stand? Around here in KY it seems like you have to be in one to get a good deer. It sucks because I’m not a fan of heights so my choices are limited to hunting on the ground or nothing for deer.

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Tom Sorenson July 17, 2008 at 3:16 pm

Mule deer don’t pattern like whitetail, so treestands don’t work real well – although they aren’t a terrible waste, either. I’m hunting out of one for the first time for elk – I know a heavily traveled trail – we’ll see!

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Erik April 17, 2009 at 5:11 am

Very interesting way to make cover, I always just tried to pick out a good spot. I really don’t like adding to much to my area because the deer can sense different things in their area.

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