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Stand height?

How high do you hang your stand? Is it better to hang it as high as possible or does it matter? I typically hang mine about 10-15 feet high. Is this high enough? I've heard people say that you should get as high as possible and you're better off. I'm not terribly fond of heights, but can go higher than 10-15 feet, it just doesn't seem that there's that much of ROI by going 20 feet vs. 13...if the buck is going to bust you at 13 feet, he's probably going to bust you at 20, right? 

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from Deerhunter25 wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

I like 15-20 feet. I have seen some people have treestands at 30 feet and it is crazy.

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from Smitty18 wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

I hang between 15 and 20 feet.

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from Doubleb wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

If they allow ATV's in your state and your hunting area I bought a new Tripod called the Ride-N-Hide that attaches to your ATV and sets you up around 12' eyesite. It works perfect for me.
I believe you can visit their site at ride-n-hide.com It's great for hog hunting and rifle season. It's legal in Texas on private land.

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from hoyt1996 wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

I like 15ft. it makes you feel like you are high enough and not to low

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from PittsburghDeerH... wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

Deer have been completely unaware of me at 12 feet! That's where my Dad and I hang our stand and it works just fine. The people that I hunt with consistently harvest deer out of it. We place our stand downwind and near a food source. You get past a deer's eyes and nose that way and also with a little cover, it's all you really need.

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from Hubb wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

16-17 feet is about right, too high and your angle isn't good, too low and you might get seen, if theres any cover around you or branches you can get away with 13.

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from BIG RED C wrote 4 years 45 weeks ago

16 FT IS ALL YA NEED

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from t-town wrote 4 years 45 weeks ago

I have always set my stands at 15-20. I have had success with my bow 10 feet up and also had deer look straight at me 20 feet up mid draw. 6phunter good point the higher up you go the more of an angle you have to deal with and with a bow that makes a HUGE difference. No matter what your prefferance may be you should always practice and be comfortable at that height before you even think about taking a kill shot.

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from bighunter wrote 5 years 5 days ago

20 feet

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from 6phunter wrote 5 years 15 weeks ago

the height of the tree will not have any impact on youre range / yardage adjustment , as the distance from the tree remains the same. THE HIGHER UP A TREE U GO THE ANGLE CHANGES POINT OF impact from yuore sight picture,also making youre target smaller from these higher angles,

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from bighunter wrote 5 years 17 weeks ago

remember the higher you get the longer the shot. in most cases

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from mnloutdoors wrote 5 years 19 weeks ago

It's all about the situation, generally i hang up at least 15 feet just to be safe and to get the best scent advantage i can get.

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from tyler1991 wrote 5 years 21 weeks ago

It depends on the time of year. If your bow hunting I think you should be as high as possible 15-30ft. During rifle/black powder I usually sit about 15ft. It really all depends on if your scared of hights.

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from bah1513 wrote 5 years 22 weeks ago

We use a combination of fixed and ladder stands that are between fifteen and 20 feet high. It seems the higher we are up the tree the deer are less likley to find us. If you do want to go high several years ago we bought a safety belt system (not sure of the name) you attach to your harness before climbing and it retracts as you climb the tree. If you fall while climbing or while sitting it acts like a seatbelt and stops you from hitting the ground. Once up in the tree it's out of the way behind and above you. The one drawback is it's only 20' in length. On our ladder stands we use standard seatbelt systems.

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from 6phunter wrote 5 years 23 weeks ago

generally i never go higher than 14ft. the length of my pull cord, i always use climbing stands, to high early in the season puts you above canopy, i never hunt the same tree twice in the same season and i'm able to set up down wind from expected travel routes. movement at the wrong time results in more lost oppourtunities then scent bust,safety is always an issue so if youre not comfortable in the trees stay out of them as youre more apt to make a mistake,

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from ADK Hunter wrote 5 years 23 weeks ago

never been busted at 100 feet...fly HIGH

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from Aaron1991 wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

but stands (depending on the situation) are exelent they get you out of the deers feild of view unless you are moving, but there are situations where all deer will find you at some point.

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from Dirty wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

This is just my opinion. I prefer to hunt high. Hight help's keep you out of the deer's view, plus help's with your sent. Though it does matter if your using archery equipment, I dont climb higher than 20ft when bow hunting. And it's like turkeyman said, depend's on the situation.
Dirty

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from Hammer wrote 5 years 26 weeks ago

Treestands are great...I like to have both feet on the ground and if you pay attention to the wind, you'll be just as successful.

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from QkrBoyJim wrote 5 years 27 weeks ago

I have to agree with Turkeyman, herbie, and Turkeyboy. Safety is number 1 and if you are nervous and fidgeting in the stand then you are not comfortable and certainly not concentrating on the hunt. As I have grown older I have gravitated more and more to ladder stands but still use loc-ons. I usually place them somewhere between 15 and 20 feet depending on terrain. I have a couple at 12 feet as they are on the side of a bank overlooking trails thus putting me 20/25 ft above the deer but only 12 feet off the ground. Remember to always use a safety strap!

Jim
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Bohning Shooting Team

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from Turkeyboy wrote 5 years 27 weeks ago

Think my 25 to 30-foot climbs are a thing of my past. I'm a big fan of ladder stands nowadays. Just feel a little safer in them. Got a new grounds blind recently, too. Haven't killed anything out of it yet, but it's sure safe.

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from herbie57_57 wrote 5 years 27 weeks ago

I don't really feel that comfortable up high either. I still like to get up around 15 ft. I prefer ladder stands, maybe its that it touches the ground that makes me feel better but they just seem more stable to me. I got my first ground blind for Christmas and I'm really hoping that I can use this instead of having to climb in general.

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from turkeyman wrote 5 years 27 weeks ago

Stand height really depends on the situation,during bow season it is hard sometimes to get very because of all the leaves,in a cutover which we hunt alot here in the south I like to get as high as I can to be able to see down into the cover.I think the best height to get is as high as you feel comfortable so you can focus better on hunting than holding on.
Mike Rayano
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Mossy Oak Pro Staff
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from turkeyman wrote 5 years 27 weeks ago

Stand height really depends on the situation,during bow season it is hard sometimes to get very because of all the leaves,in a cutover which we hunt alot here in the south I like to get as high as I can to be able to see down into the cover.I think the best height to get is as high as you feel comfortable so you can focus better on hunting than holding on.
Mike Rayano
Quaker Boy Pro Staff
Mossy Oak Pro Staff
S.C.

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from herbie57_57 wrote 5 years 27 weeks ago

I don't really feel that comfortable up high either. I still like to get up around 15 ft. I prefer ladder stands, maybe its that it touches the ground that makes me feel better but they just seem more stable to me. I got my first ground blind for Christmas and I'm really hoping that I can use this instead of having to climb in general.

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from Turkeyboy wrote 5 years 27 weeks ago

Think my 25 to 30-foot climbs are a thing of my past. I'm a big fan of ladder stands nowadays. Just feel a little safer in them. Got a new grounds blind recently, too. Haven't killed anything out of it yet, but it's sure safe.

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from Hammer wrote 5 years 26 weeks ago

Treestands are great...I like to have both feet on the ground and if you pay attention to the wind, you'll be just as successful.

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from 6phunter wrote 5 years 23 weeks ago

generally i never go higher than 14ft. the length of my pull cord, i always use climbing stands, to high early in the season puts you above canopy, i never hunt the same tree twice in the same season and i'm able to set up down wind from expected travel routes. movement at the wrong time results in more lost oppourtunities then scent bust,safety is always an issue so if youre not comfortable in the trees stay out of them as youre more apt to make a mistake,

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from Smitty18 wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

I hang between 15 and 20 feet.

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from QkrBoyJim wrote 5 years 27 weeks ago

I have to agree with Turkeyman, herbie, and Turkeyboy. Safety is number 1 and if you are nervous and fidgeting in the stand then you are not comfortable and certainly not concentrating on the hunt. As I have grown older I have gravitated more and more to ladder stands but still use loc-ons. I usually place them somewhere between 15 and 20 feet depending on terrain. I have a couple at 12 feet as they are on the side of a bank overlooking trails thus putting me 20/25 ft above the deer but only 12 feet off the ground. Remember to always use a safety strap!

Jim
Quaker Boy Pro Staff
Bohning Shooting Team

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from Dirty wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

This is just my opinion. I prefer to hunt high. Hight help's keep you out of the deer's view, plus help's with your sent. Though it does matter if your using archery equipment, I dont climb higher than 20ft when bow hunting. And it's like turkeyman said, depend's on the situation.
Dirty

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from Aaron1991 wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

but stands (depending on the situation) are exelent they get you out of the deers feild of view unless you are moving, but there are situations where all deer will find you at some point.

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from bah1513 wrote 5 years 22 weeks ago

We use a combination of fixed and ladder stands that are between fifteen and 20 feet high. It seems the higher we are up the tree the deer are less likley to find us. If you do want to go high several years ago we bought a safety belt system (not sure of the name) you attach to your harness before climbing and it retracts as you climb the tree. If you fall while climbing or while sitting it acts like a seatbelt and stops you from hitting the ground. Once up in the tree it's out of the way behind and above you. The one drawback is it's only 20' in length. On our ladder stands we use standard seatbelt systems.

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from mnloutdoors wrote 5 years 19 weeks ago

It's all about the situation, generally i hang up at least 15 feet just to be safe and to get the best scent advantage i can get.

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from 6phunter wrote 5 years 15 weeks ago

the height of the tree will not have any impact on youre range / yardage adjustment , as the distance from the tree remains the same. THE HIGHER UP A TREE U GO THE ANGLE CHANGES POINT OF impact from yuore sight picture,also making youre target smaller from these higher angles,

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from bighunter wrote 5 years 5 days ago

20 feet

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from t-town wrote 4 years 45 weeks ago

I have always set my stands at 15-20. I have had success with my bow 10 feet up and also had deer look straight at me 20 feet up mid draw. 6phunter good point the higher up you go the more of an angle you have to deal with and with a bow that makes a HUGE difference. No matter what your prefferance may be you should always practice and be comfortable at that height before you even think about taking a kill shot.

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from BIG RED C wrote 4 years 45 weeks ago

16 FT IS ALL YA NEED

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from PittsburghDeerH... wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

Deer have been completely unaware of me at 12 feet! That's where my Dad and I hang our stand and it works just fine. The people that I hunt with consistently harvest deer out of it. We place our stand downwind and near a food source. You get past a deer's eyes and nose that way and also with a little cover, it's all you really need.

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from hoyt1996 wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

I like 15ft. it makes you feel like you are high enough and not to low

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from Doubleb wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

If they allow ATV's in your state and your hunting area I bought a new Tripod called the Ride-N-Hide that attaches to your ATV and sets you up around 12' eyesite. It works perfect for me.
I believe you can visit their site at ride-n-hide.com It's great for hog hunting and rifle season. It's legal in Texas on private land.

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from bighunter wrote 5 years 17 weeks ago

remember the higher you get the longer the shot. in most cases

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from Hubb wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

16-17 feet is about right, too high and your angle isn't good, too low and you might get seen, if theres any cover around you or branches you can get away with 13.

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from Deerhunter25 wrote 3 years 8 weeks ago

I like 15-20 feet. I have seen some people have treestands at 30 feet and it is crazy.

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from ADK Hunter wrote 5 years 23 weeks ago

never been busted at 100 feet...fly HIGH

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from tyler1991 wrote 5 years 21 weeks ago

It depends on the time of year. If your bow hunting I think you should be as high as possible 15-30ft. During rifle/black powder I usually sit about 15ft. It really all depends on if your scared of hights.

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