I hear you man... I used to hunt when I was a kid with my dad but we ran out of places to hunt... now i'm fortunate to have married a wonderful woman whose dad just happens to be a cattle farmer. So you could say i've "picked up" the hobby once again. I'm addicted and have been going on 5 years now! Do you use plots for hunting? This year I put out some turnip plots, but nothing huge.
The wal-mart here where I live in mid-missouri doesn't do that with deer stands and hunting supplies. There is a distribution center next door to it, so i'm sure they stock their leftovers there for next year. I'll have to try dicks though... I'm a big guy 6'3" 275, so I'm not much into the self hanging stands... i have one, but it makes me nervous! I love the ladder stands. What time of year do you find these on discount? jan? feb? Thanks for the heads up.
i use to be 6'3" in my youth probably lost a bit by now, but i'm only about 205 so not an issue. normally if they have them in dec just before Chirstmas they mark them down. our deer season is over dec15.