Straight Trunk Tree, No Limbs: Although most stands can be used on a tall, straight trunk tree without many low limbs, it's ideal for a climbing tree stand. Not only does a climber allow for fast, quick access, but often a hunter must climb very high to get above the open understory in a mature forest. Climb high enough to afford cover around the stand to avoid detection by game.
Multi-Trunk Tree Location: A place where several trees form a multiple-trunk site is one of the best for a stand since it affords outstanding cover from approaching deer and other game. Sometimes climbers and even large ladder stands can be used in such a place. But fixed-position stands with a portable ladder often are best because a stand can be placed almost anywhere in the trunk cluster, positioned exactly where needed.
Straight Trunk Tree, No Limbs: Although most stands can be used on a tall, straight trunk tree without many low limbs, it’s ideal for a climbing tree stand. Not only does a climber allow for fast, quick access, but often a hunter must climb very high to get above the open understory in a mature forest. Climb high enough to afford cover around the stand to avoid detection by game.
Open Area, No Trees: Sometimes the very best trails, creek crossings and bottleneck areas are far from suitable trees for placing stands. Even if trees are available for stands, at times they don’t offer the best view of the spot where game is expected to be seen. This is ideal for a well-made, portable ground blind that can be set up quickly and quietly. Heavy fabric of some ground blinds also are helpful in containing human scent, and not spooking game.
Brushy Cover, Elevation Needed: Deer love thick brush, but often such places don’t offer the best trees in ideal places for stands. Ground blinds may be okay, but some elevation is frequently best to get above the cover for good visibility. The answer is a “pod” type stand that gets a hunter off the ground, but still in cover for concealment.
Big Branch Trees: Often very large branches must be navigated to position a tree stand perfectly. This is an ideal set-up for a lightweight, fixed-position stand. Choose a portable ladder, tree steps or mini-ladders according to what’s needed for safety and ease of access.
Far From The Truck: Public land hunters are used to walking long distances, and often don’t know exactly where they’ll hunt until they reach choice locations. For such hunting, a lightweight, easy-to-use and reliable portable climbing tree stand is a wise choice.
Ladder To “Lay-Over” Cover: A good ladder stand often can be erected so it lays over-and-across the tops of many leaves, limbs and other timber debris that can be troublesome using any other type stand. It’s easy and quick to use because trimming lower branches is unnecessary.
Plenty of Trees, Strong, Variable Wind: Some hunters will set two or more stands on a hot spot that has wind that may shift dramatically on even a day to day basis. That’s okay, but some sportsmen with limited resources prefer to use a lightweight, and easily transported climbing stand. They choose the best tree according to wind direction and spot they are hunting, and may even relocate during a hunt if wind suddenly shifts.
Lots of Limbs, Leaves Wanted For Cover: Leaving plenty of treetop cover can be needed to break a human outline and dupe buster bucks. In some such tree sites, often using short detachable mini-ladders is advantageous, as it allows hunters to “weave” around limbs and branches to reach just the right tree location for fitting a lock-on type stand.
Easy Access Trees: Field edges usually can be driven right to with ATVs or trucks, so large, heavy and very comfortable tree stands can be used if desired. Never forget that the more comfortable a stand, the longer you can hunt from it, and you’ll be more relaxed and alert, too.
Matching the right tree stand type to site location makes hunting easier and most productive.