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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-05-2011, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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OK!!! I am officially converted. This is the first year I have ever hunted from a ladder stand and it will be only by situation that I go back to climbers or hang on stands. It is soooo sweet to walk out to the stand location and just climb a ladder. no effort, no sweat and almost no noise. the stand was a little creaky till it finally settled in.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-05-2011, 09:51 PM
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welcome to the ladder stand club. I've been using one for a long time. They are the safest, easiest stand to put up. I wish they could make a 16' one around 35 lbs in weight. I have an old Trax grizzly that's over 15 years old, that still goes to PA every year.
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Mine definitely is not like that. requires 3 to set up but I created a way to do it with 2. set up is a little uneasy when you are on the platform just before attaching the straps.
I have a 20' Big Game stand. Its over 100 lbs.

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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-05-2011, 10:24 PM
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That's a big heavy ladder. After I get my brace bar cinched up I just keep my weight close to the tree. Having help setting up is a welcome bonus.
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Heres what I am hunting from this year.

Big Game The Ultra - Max 20' Deluxe Ladder Tree Stand at Sportsman's Guide

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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-06-2011, 09:40 AM
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i use my climber to hunt new spots i find, then if they look good , i will move a ladder in there during the summer. I love the Family traditions 2 man stands. bit pricey but you can sit in them all day long. most comfortable ladderstand i have ever sat in. On another note, i leave mine in the woods year round and have not had any issues with the web seating. have 1 that has been out for 4 years now.

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We have four ladder stands set up on our Kentucky property. They are the easiest to get into with little or no noise. It seems the deer get used to them, when left in place and pay them no attention either. We have a couple 16 footers, one double stand and one 20 footer. We really like'em.
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I grew up hunting in ladder stands and I love them. I just don't feel safe in several of the lock-on stands, plus being a bigger guy I never feel like I have enough room to move.

My father and I often build fairly large wood stands (out of 2x4s). These are EXTREMELY comfortable stands to use on our farm, but they aren't easy to move. Only good thing about that is that we've had people try to steal them and they can't.
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I grew up hunting in ladder stands and I love them. I just don't feel safe in several of the lock-on stands, plus being a bigger guy I never feel like I have enough room to move.

AMEN!!! I have had a climber stand before (and still have it) but I don't feel as secure up there in it! I MUCH prefer the ladder stands, they are much more strudy and all mine are 15'.

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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-10-2011, 11:49 AM
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I like the comfort of my climbers.. That hammock seat can put me to sleep.. Plus I feel like I am hidden better as well.. I love the ease of ladders and use them but enjoy how easy it is to move around in a climber..

Im still a climber fan for now but will move to ladders to older I get..
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