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Re: How high do you place your stand?
« Reply #20 on: July 23, 2008, 05:23:00 PM »
Seven to twelve on the average. Killed a nice doe at about 25 ft. this past season. Find it hard to shoot while holding on with both hands and frozen with fear.   :pray:

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Re: How high do you place your stand?
« Reply #21 on: July 23, 2008, 06:58:00 PM »
IMO...If you go too high the shot angle gets messed up.I like between 10 and 20 feet depending on cover and terrain.
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Re: How high do you place your stand?
« Reply #22 on: July 23, 2008, 08:10:00 PM »
I use 2-3 Lone Wolf sticks, I am usually 10-15 feet high, which is plenty high for me.


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Re: How high do you place your stand?
« Reply #23 on: July 23, 2008, 08:13:00 PM »
15-25 feet depending on tree and suroundings

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Re: How high do you place your stand?
« Reply #24 on: July 23, 2008, 08:36:00 PM »
Forty to fifty feet up? You must be an Iron Worker! LOL! Depends most of the time 12' to 15' but I've been known to go up to 22' or so with the portable climber.Like you said it depends on the surrounding cover. If I have something to break up my outline,12/15' is plenty.I try to find a climbable tree with a pinetree behind it.This way my outline is broken up and I break a branch or two on the pine to mask my scent.

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Re: How high do you place your stand?
« Reply #25 on: July 23, 2008, 08:37:00 PM »
Most of my stands are 8 to maybe 14 feet above the ground.  I like the better shot angles present at lower heights and feel much safer, which results in better shooting on my part.  It's also safer in climbing shorter stands and putting them in the first time.  

You might also find that sometimes if you put in 12-15 of steps to get 25' up, you are more reluctant to move your stand to a better tree due to all the work you have invested in the erection of the first stand.  At least that was the case for me when I was young and hunted higher.  A lower stand has less of that involved (and also requires less brush cut for shooting lanes), so I'm more likely to pull up stakes and move over a few trees if the deer traffic is telling me to do so.  

If one is careful about foreground and background, you can actually be better camouflaged at lower heights in some environments than 15-25' up due to being skylighted against bare trees and the sky.  Often times, one trick I'll use is to place a deadfall (old, small cedars work good) under my tree to keep deer from getting too close, which can be a problem if you're only 8-10' up.
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Re: How high do you place your stand?
« Reply #26 on: July 23, 2008, 09:32:00 PM »
It completely depends on the individual situation. One stand I used to hunt in the bottom of a ravine was 22' up. Another one of my favorites in a small pine tree is only 8 feet high.

I don't make any hard and fast rules because every situation is different.

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Re: How high do you place your stand?
« Reply #27 on: July 23, 2008, 09:43:00 PM »
I agree with JRW, it depends on cover and a lot of things. I have a couple that are actually 3ft or so and some like my Beaver creek stand that around 25-27 ft, off the ground but due to the terrain the deer are usually only 15-18ft. below me. Shawn
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Re: How high do you place your stand?
« Reply #28 on: July 23, 2008, 09:50:00 PM »
It all depends on the situation, but rarely over 16 ft.  I'll hunt 12 if terrain, wind and cover will allow.  I usually brush in the stand unless the tree has enough cover already.
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Re: How high do you place your stand?
« Reply #29 on: July 23, 2008, 09:53:00 PM »
I hardly ever place my Screaming Eagle stand more than 4' or 5' off the ground.   :readit:


But....then again, the only time I use it is when I'm teaching a NBEF course.  That's the only reason I own a stand.  I just like my feet on the ground when I'm hunting.  I've found it quite difficult to shoot a bow with both legs and one arm wrapped around a tree.   :bigsmyl:
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Re: How high do you place your stand?
« Reply #30 on: July 24, 2008, 07:13:00 AM »
Season starts here Oct. 1. That time of year there is so much foliage that you can't really hunt to high. I try to stay around 12' feet if possible for better shot angle.-------Bone

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Re: How high do you place your stand?
« Reply #31 on: July 24, 2008, 07:27:00 AM »
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Re: How high do you place your stand?
« Reply #32 on: July 24, 2008, 09:04:00 AM »
For the last few years I've used ladder stands so I've been right around 15-16 feet from the ground.

When I used a climber/strap on stand I would normally go anywhere from 15-20 feet up.
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Re: How high do you place your stand?
« Reply #33 on: July 24, 2008, 10:47:00 AM »
I go as low as 10' if the tree provides cover to do so. If I have to hang without good background cover, I usually end up 15 - 18'.
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Re: How high do you place your stand?
« Reply #34 on: July 24, 2008, 10:59:00 AM »
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Originally posted by BodarkOkie:
I hardly ever place my Screaming Eagle stand more than 4' or 5' off the ground.    :readit:  


But....then again, the only time I use it is when I'm teaching a NBEF course.  That's the only reason I own a stand.  I just like my feet on the ground when I'm hunting.  I've found it quite difficult to shoot a bow with both legs and one arm wrapped around a tree.    :bigsmyl:  
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Re: How high do you place your stand?
« Reply #35 on: July 24, 2008, 12:30:00 PM »
With traditional I like 12 to 15 in good cover .

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Re: How high do you place your stand?
« Reply #36 on: July 25, 2008, 12:16:00 AM »
12' - 18'

Thats good for my area.


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Re: How high do you place your stand?
« Reply #37 on: July 25, 2008, 01:51:00 AM »
I get as low as the background cover will allow and really consider my stand nothing more than an elevated blind, at least I think in those terms.  I like looking-em in the eye!!!!
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Re: How high do you place your stand?
« Reply #38 on: July 25, 2008, 07:40:00 AM »
15 foot max. Some stands as low as 10.
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Re: How high do you place your stand?
« Reply #39 on: July 25, 2008, 10:29:00 AM »
Every now and then I'll get one boot up 3-4" but I like to have 'em both on the ground when I shoot.  :goldtooth:
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