Get the most out of your tree stand with these tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Choosing the right tree stand, finding the right spot for it, placing it in the tree…there are plenty of factors that go into using a tree stand. When they’re all done right, you can better your chances of bagging a prize doe or buck. Use these tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet to get the most out of your tree stand.
It is important to feel safe, comfortable, and have easy access into and out of the stand. Put two stands up if possible, when you find a hot spot. Set one to the north of the trail, and the other to the south. If the deer is coming in from the west or east and the wind is from the north, hunt the south stand. Wind from the south, hunt the north stand. Read through our article on hunting tree stand placement tips for more information on location.
Kill the scent
Always wipe stands down with rubbing alcohol, let dry and spray down with scent killer spray. Spray the entire stand twice. Let the stand set outside for a few days. When the stands are up, brush them in “the whole stand” with scent killer spray. Then when you return to hunt you have a scent-free stand.
Bring pine bows and other brush in with you as not to cut around your stand area. Use twine or wire to fasten bows to ladder sections and seating area. Brush them in to hide yourself and to mask any slight movement while hunting.
Staying on top of your game in the stand
Be on full alert from the time you get in, to the time you leave. If you don’t, an animal can suddenly appear and you may have seconds to react or at least you have to stop doing whatever, put the thing down or away – reach for you bow and make a perfect shot. That’s time lost, movement and noise. All bad things when it comes to hunting in a tree stand.
You can use 15 foot stands, sometimes 17 foot, but 10 foot and 12 foot can also have sccessful outcomes. What matters is that you are comfortable at the height you choose and can confidently take aim on a deer when it is in sight.
There are plenty of factors that go into choosing a tree stand, and lots of tree stands to choose from. At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you’ll find the right tree stand, as well as all the hunting supplies you’ll need for a day in the woods. You can even get your hunting license at your local store. For more tips on bagging a big one, visit our Hunting blog.