Published: 4 May 2017
Last revised: 28 October 2017
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.
There are questions that need to be answered: what other equipment should one 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.
Here are some vital tree stand hunting tips.
1. For 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 said step fairly above it so you can step down on the platform. Stepping up into the tree stand is considered a risky move.
Altering your weight and budging to and from the steps to the tree stand can be pulled off easily during the day but it can be hazardous in the dark. It is also important to consider the weather; bow hunting with a tree stand in the winter means you have to wear thicker clothing. The clothing can hamper your movements and make the activity risky.
2. So 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.
But it can also make accurate shots a challenge. One good estimate is to be up at least 30 feet aboveground 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. You will still have a good angle for a hit.
3. It is always recommended to bring along a good working flashlight with you while you bow hunt. You can also opt for a light that can be clipped to your cap or make use of a headlamp. Clip-on lights and headlamps are the top choices for most since they allow individuals to work with both hands while setting up in darker environments and while climbing.
4. 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. If you do not get rid of dirt on your boot treads, they will dry up and as you move on the platform, these chunks of dirt can drop through the stand and into the ground. The woods are often silent and the sound of dropping hunks of mud and dirt can hit dry leaves and notify game to your presence.
5. It is dangerous to carry your bow with you as you climb to the stand. There is a way to get all of 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 aboveground. This will guarantee that you can acquire your bow and other items on and off the rope.
6. One common setback of a tree stand is its limited space. Hence it is best that you 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. The gear you will pack for the hunt will be based on the animal you are hunting, the season of the year, and the duration of your hunt. Some of the mainstays for bow hunters include additional attachment straps and binoculars.
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.