How Tree Stands Work

Tree Stand Placement

A tree stand is traditionally elevated 8 to 16 feet (2 to 5 meters) above the ground [source: Today's Bowhunter]. Proper tree stand placement requires the con­sideration of numerous factors, a few of those being the cover provided by trees and the habits of the game you're hunting.

Deer, for example, are well-attuned to the nature of their surroundings. You don't want to place your tree stand on an empty side of a tree where the deer will notice the mysterious growth. Make sure to place your stand in a part of the tree with lots of natural cover, like thick branches and limbs. You also will want to observe the travel routes and eating habits of your game. It's in the best interest of the hunter to place the tree stand in an area where the prey in question frequently walks and eats.

­Another factor you'll have to consider is what type of tree stand you're using. For example, a ladder tree stand typically requires more than two people to assemble properly. If you are going to be out hunting by yourself, you will want to avoid using a ladder stand if it's not already attached to a tree. A nice feature of easily transportable tree stands is that if you don't like the location you choose, you are free to move the stand to a better-suited location after a few rounds of hunting.

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