Effective Tips for Bow Hunting with Tree Stands

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You have your choice tree stand and have memorized all of the safety precautions you need when hunting with a tree stand. However, there are still some factors you need to be aware of before going out to the wild and looking for game.

Have you asked yourself what other equipment should you bring during a hunt? How high should a tree stand be for bow hunting? Is it okay to carry your weapon while climbing the tree? These and more will be discussed in this article.

7 Vital Tree Stand Hunting Tips

1.  Where do I position my final step for my hang-on stands?

It is crucial to keep the final step around the same height as the platform of the stand when mounting the stand. Or you can keep the step just above it so you can step down on the platform. During the day it won't be too difficult to step up into the Tree stand platform but can be especially hazardous in the dark. Stepping up into the tree stand is considered a risky move and has been known to cause accidents and injuries so best avoid it and make your final step at the same level or higher than your platform.

2.  How high should a tree stand be for bow hunting?

It is believed that the higher you go, the better it is to keep your scent away from the game, however, it can also make accurate shots a challenge. It's suggested you should be at least 30 feet above the ground so game or deer going by within range on your downward side will not be able to detect your scent. However, if this is too high for you, you can opt for 20-22 feet. At this height you will still have a good angle for a hit.

3.  What's the one item most hunters forget or don't consider?

A good working flashlight! You could opt for a light that can be clipped to your cap or make use of a headlamp to allow you to work with both hands while setting up in darker environments and are super handy while climbing.

4.  Any tips for climbing a Tree Stand safely?

An important safety tip is to make sure your boots are free from snow, mud or slush before climbing. Dirt on your boots can put you at risk while climbing into the stand. Dirt can also dry up and as you move on the platform, chunks of dirt could drop through the stand and into the ground and notify game of your presence - seriously, it happens! 

5.  Is it dangerous to carry your bow with you as you climb to the stand?

In short, yes. It's not advised to carry any weapons up as you climb the tree stand. You should get your weapons to the platform by means of a rope.Make use of a pull-up rope or cable to lift your bow and other items to the platform. Tie the rope to the seat of the stand or a limb close by. The rope must end at approximately head-height above ground. This will guarantee that you can acquire your bow and other items on and off the rope.

6.  How do I fit all my gear on the Tree Stand?

One common setback of a tree stand is its limited space, consequently, you have to find an alternative. A good way is to hang your gear on the trunk of the tree or limbs that are close by. You can also make use of specific bow and crossbow hangers which can be screwed or strapped on a tree and allow your bows to be accessible at all times. Make sure that the placement is appropriate though so you can grab your items quickly with the least possible movement.

You can also hang other items near the tree. Use tiny hooks that can be screwed in and use them to hold binoculars and other sorts of lightweight gear. For heavier items, make use of a stronger hook.

7.  Any tips for where to position Quivers?

Make quivers handy as much as possible. There are hunters who are into having their quivers fastened to the bow while some are not fond of this setup. Quivers should be made available all the time in case you require a follow-up shot.

For right-handed individuals, you must position a tiny hook on the left side of the tree as high as you can get hold of then dangle the quiver near the trunk. This height will prevent your arrows from obstructing shots on that particular side of the tree but will still be available for second shots.


Now that we have discussed how high the tree stand should be for bow hunting and other important considerations, you may get on with the hunt. Be safe and always practice extra precautions.


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