How Tree Stands Work

Hunting with Tree Stands

Although hunting from a tree stand can be one of the most effective hunting methods, it's not q­uite as easy as sitting around all day, waiting for a deer to walk in front of you. There are a handful of factors that you will need to consider to get a good line of fire on your target. Like all hunting techniques, you'll need to do a little scouting for some trails, food sources, tracks and droppings. Once you've found a few good signs, you can look for a good tree to hang your stand in.

Choosing the right tree is harder than it might sound. You want to remain within shooting distance from the area you've scouted, but you don't want to be too close. You'll need to take into account the wind direction, as deer and other big game animals have an adept sense of smell, and will be able to detect you if you are downwind.

­Don't overlook the important of ensuring that your stand is high enough off the ground to remain undetected by your prey. Depending on where your stand is located, you will want to adjust its height. On flat, open terrain, 12 to 15 feet (3.5 to 4.5 meters) should be suitable. In more wooded areas, the higher the stand, the more your scent and visibility will decrease. Although tree stand hunting is a game of patience, don't be too stubborn to move your location if you've spotted something better or aren't having any luck.

Once you've found a good location, the key is remaining still and quiet. Even though you may be dressed head to toe in camouflage and your stand may be hidden with branches and leaves, deer still notice when you move. To reduce noise, many hunters lubricate the joints of their stands. Another great way to reduce noise is simply to pack light. The more gear you bring, the more noise you'll likely make.

Read on to find out which tree stands are easily transportable.