Just wanted to let everyone know that I built a cheap but reliable and sturdy deer stand this summer out of treated lumber. It was pretty simple and cost me around $75. It is nothing high tech, very simple and solid. You can use it as a platform stand or sitting stand. I made mine 12 feet tall, but you could make up up to 14' or 16' depending on the lumber. I also bought my lumber from an amish lumber yard- a little cheaper than the home depot and lowe's. The carriage bolts i got from a store called Orscheln's (it's a mid-west farm and home store). They sell their bolts/screws/etc... by the pound not by the peice. If you would like me to e-mail you rough plans e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Free of charge of course, just trying to help those out who don't have a lot of money - like me!