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Old 10-03-2002, 08:37 AM
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Default Ground blind or treestand?!?

I know this has probably been asked 500,000 times. I can't find a thread readily available on it, so I figured I'd ask one more time.

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* Complete total newbie to bowhunting.
* Have been practicing like crazy in backyard and pretty much &quot;got it down&quot; and can group Easton XX75 #2315's 125gr. in and around bullseye at 10 yards. Currently trying 15 and 20 yards.
* PSE Centerflite (lefty) bow is 40&quot; axle to axle (65lb., 30&quot; draw).
* First time <u>ever</u> going out bowhunting.
* Don't have a tree stand.
* Don't have a clue about tree stands.
* Don't have fear of heights, but have paranoia thinking about the laws of physics and whether or not a tree stand will support a 6ft 210lb man without crashing down.
* Considering a ground blind and also enhancing it with brush, twigs, leaves, etc...

It simple terms, 25 words or less, could someone explain the pros and cons of a tree stand versus a ground blind?

Thanks!!!!

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Old 10-03-2002, 09:01 AM
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IMO a treestand will get you above a deers line of sight(although they do look up), it will get your scent up higher, and you will be able to see better. A good stand will support 210 lbs.....I'm 235lbs and use Summits and LocOn's. All have 300 lb capacity. Sorry I went over 25 words.

PS....With our bow season opening this Saturday you may be better off hunting from the ground.

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Old 10-03-2002, 09:24 AM
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I do both and prefer the ground. You need to consider scent and movement more but it's a lot more comfy and you can move. If you are referring to a pop up blind they do work well on water holes and wallows. I had turkeys within ten feet and bull elk at 20 yards in a freinds blind. You can also climb in a bunch of trees and cut shooting lanes. I do that and have killed my share of animals. Good hunting.
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Old 10-03-2002, 09:33 AM
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Thanks VAHuntr and GleninAZ.

I know about scent and &quot;playing the wind&quot; - it is crucial. I don't have a popup blind. Those IMHO are too distracting, too big, and don't conceal very well. I like the little portable 3' high, 12' wide cloth blinds, complete with tent stakes.

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Old 10-03-2002, 09:49 AM
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If you like that &quot;build your own&quot; type, go for it. Make sure to back it up against something to break up your outline.
I have found that I have more freedom to move in a tree stand than in a brush ground blind. I think tree stands are more mobile if you find the location needs to be tweaked a bit.
BTW, I am over 6 ft and go 220.



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Old 10-03-2002, 09:53 AM
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Butch sounds like you have a good plan, the most important thing to remember on the ground except the wind is to never draw unless the deers head is down or blocked from view, deer have unbeleivable periphial vision. Good luck my friend, if you get one give me a buzz at home. You do still have my home phone right?

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Old 10-03-2002, 10:33 AM
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Hey Butch you may want to stick to ground hunting this year, but buy a treestand and get practice with it for next year. Ground hunt this year and be ready for treestand hunting next season. (MY THOUGHTS)
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Old 10-03-2002, 11:10 AM
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Butch sounds like you have a good plan, the most important thing to remember on the ground except the wind is to never draw unless the deers head is down or blocked from view, deer have unbeleivable periphial vision. Good luck my friend, if you get one give me a buzz at home. You do still have my home phone right?
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Hey Taz... Thanks. Yeah I got your phone numbers. Margaret wrote them down in the rolodex by the phone.

The rules for turkey apply to deer then. I remember this past spring, I saw a nice gobbler 50-60 yards coming around a juniper tree. I must have moved my pinky or blinked or broke wind. Who knows... <img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle> He spotted me clear as day and was GONE!!!

Good luck on Saturday morning!!!

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Old 10-03-2002, 11:21 AM
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Butch a turkey can see a nostril hair move at 50 yards, their vision is far better than a deers.

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Old 10-03-2002, 11:57 AM
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I have always hunted the ground and prefer it, I take that back, I hunted in a tree stand once. I climbed the tree and once I reached the top I proceeded to pull my bow up. Upon retrieval I decided to cut the string off with my knife, well the knife was so sharp it sliced right through the string and my finger. I think i lost a gallon of blood. I could actually see the bone, nasty stuff. That pretty much wrecked my day so I climbed down and headed home on the verge of passing out the whole way. It took 4 stiches to close it up, from now on ground blinds it is. I also don't like shooting at the different angles out of a tree.
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