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Old 02-06-2008, 09:14 PM
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Do you guys use climbers, hang on, or do you hunt from the ground? How far up do you normally like to get? I always thought 15, 16 feet was good but now know that 30 or 35 is better. With these mountains around here if the deer is up hill he and looking at you, he is close at 16 feet. Not to mention the scent control issue. For that reason I'm now using climbers. wmi was the one that taught me that and it is better being that far up the tree.
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Old 02-06-2008, 09:43 PM
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I use both but I like the climber the best because you can haul it anywhere and take advantage. I will go up as far as the tree will allow. I love being way the heck up there the view is awesome. Even with the hangers I try to use trees with natural ladder branches so that I can save some screw in steps or ladder extensions. But I may have to change the height when I get into bow.
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Old 02-06-2008, 10:37 PM
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Ronn use to kid me about nose bleeds until he found out it worked. Should have seen him the first time he hit 20'----His knees were knocking. BUT ask him how many deer he saw. Every now and then I think about it and it makes me chuckle.
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Old 02-06-2008, 10:38 PM
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i dont believe that you need to go that high i go bout 20 the trees in my area tend to have lots of branches..i play the wind so i see no reason to climb any higher than 20 sometimes i only go up 15.to each his own
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Old 02-07-2008, 05:39 AM
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It really depends on terrain and folage.
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That reminds me supposed to try and find good harness for next season.
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Old 02-07-2008, 07:20 AM
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You also have to keep in mind, the higher you go into the umbrella the less shooting circle you have to shoot in,
Example: if you go up 20' and look from left to right you'll see you have about 40 yards out from the base of your tree to shoot from accurately.

Now go up to 25' and you may only have 25 yards from the base of your tree to shoot in. I hope this explaination is understanbable...
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Old 02-08-2008, 11:10 AM
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I Prefer The Ground.i Have A Well Camo,ed Shack That I Use Its Well Insulated Carpeted And I Have A Heater For Those Long Cold Days.i Use Cover Up Sprays And Scents.i Guess I'm Afraid Of Heights Lol.250lbs Hits Hard On The Ground And I'm Known To Fall Asleep On Stand I Guess I'm Not Much Of A Hunter Lol Must Be The Fresh Air That Puts Me To Sleep?now If I Ever Use A Treestand I Would Put A Safty Harness On.years Ago I Never Used Them
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You also have to keep in mind, the higher you go into the umbrella the less shooting circle you have to shoot in,
Example: if you go up 20' and look from left to right you'll see you have about 40 yards out from the base of your tree to shoot from accurately.

Now go up to 25' and you may only have 25 yards from the base of your tree to shoot in. I hope this explaination is understanbable...
Not the way I hunt. I crowd bedding areas sometimes hunting in the middle of them at 15 to 20' you cannot see a thing. By going higher I am able to look down onto the unseen hidden trails that most hunters over look. Deer feel comfortable in these areas and move about all day. Big bucks thought to have gone nocturnal brows all day in these areas. A well placed scent rag will cause a big buck to go crazy trying to locate the doe eventually giving me a shot that hunting anywhere else would never happen. In my heavily hunted state this technique has allowed me to harvest a trophy class buck 13 of the last 15 years. You might want to give it a second thought. Most shots are made through the back and out the chest at less than 10 yards. No tracking and I will figure a way to get him out one way or another. If you want trophy bucks sometimes you have to hunt where others are unwilling to go or do.
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Old 02-08-2008, 03:30 PM
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makes sense in that situation
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