A Stable Perch
Mature trees are better stand trees than young ones. Their canopies are generally fuller and the trunks are sturdier. Younger trees sway in high winds, increasing the chance of missed shot opportunities. Mature trees sport thick trunks that reach higher, giving you the option to place your stand 20 to 25 feet off the ground. Higher placement aids in carrying your scent above deer and farther from the deer. Don't get too carried away, though. A high position certainly decreases your chances of being spotted, but it increases shooting distance, angle, and difficulty. Old oaks, cottonwoods, and cedars all have the stability and limb structure to allow for a smartly positioned and hidden treestand.