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Old 01-08-2012, 03:37 AM
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I have been wondering lately if my treestands are not high enough for bowhunting. I have 2 that are 15' and one that is 17'. What height do all you other bowhunters hunt from?

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Old 01-08-2012, 06:32 AM
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A lot of it depends on the terrain your hunting, normally the less trees the higher the stand. I've been hunting mostly Texas and Oklahoma for 40 plus years and I never get off the ground more than 15 feet.

Of course now the older I get I like to stay on the ground as much as possible.

I tend to rely more on wind direction and scent control more than anything else.
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Old 01-08-2012, 07:14 AM
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20 feet are the height of all my archery stands.........i've shot one good buck out of a 15' a few years back.....he pegged me when coming in @ about 15 yards.....but moved off and stood broadside reexamining me @ 25 which proved fatal for him........
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Old 01-08-2012, 02:42 PM
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20 -25 feet my stands are placed at
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Old 01-08-2012, 06:06 PM
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I use a climber 99.9% of the time and unless I am hunting in a creek bottom where I can't climb all that high I get no less than 25 feet up in the air. I prefer to be at 30 feet. It's amazing how much you can get away with when you are that high up in a tree.
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:43 AM
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Im only 18 years old and I've killed an 8 pt, 7 pt, and 2 does out of a 15 ft ladder stand with my bow. Just stay hidden and I always pick a big tree to try and help hide me. Good luck!
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Old 01-09-2012, 11:20 AM
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I have 2 hang on stands one is 14 feet, and one is 17 feet....
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Old 01-10-2012, 04:00 PM
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I use some ladderstands and I use climbers but it helps if your higher. If I hunt out of a ladderstand I usually put a blind kit on my ladderstands and it lets me get away with a little more movement.
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Old 01-10-2012, 06:20 PM
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With height comes the added difficulty of shot angle.

I hunt where I have the most cover......and hope that's lower, rather than higher.
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Old 01-13-2012, 01:11 PM
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I think the Rev an GMMat hit the nail on the head. It all depends on terrain and cover. A 10' high stand may be enough if it is thick and in a canopy. But come winter and all the leaves fall off the trees you may need to go higher. Also true is the fact that you can get away with more when high, but then you have to be careful of your shot angles. You may need the animal to be farther from your tree to take an ethical shot if you are very high. IMO 20' is plenty high. But I alway look for some kind of background to break up my silohoutte.
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