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Tree Stand killing tree?

Old 07-14-2008, 08:02 AM
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Yea uh i was just wondering if anyone thought attaching a tree stand to a tree with 3 - 8 inch lag screws in a 15 inch pine tree will kill it. I really dont wanna kill the tree so please let me know
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Old 07-14-2008, 08:55 AM
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I've got trees on my property with spikes almost the size of railroad spikes driven into them, and they are doing okay.
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Old 07-14-2008, 09:40 AM
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Ok yea my original plan was to drill like a 1/2 hole all the way through the tree and then take like a 22 inch piece of 1/2 inch threaded rod and bolt the tree stand to the tree just to hold it in place so then i would build angled supports under it and attach it further up the tree with aircraft wire or something. I just really did not want to kill the tree.
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Old 07-14-2008, 10:00 AM
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It probably wouldn't quickly kill the tree outright, but it's certainly not good for the tree long term. I'm also quite sure that the pine will "weep" alot of resin (from the wound) if you do that.
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Old 07-14-2008, 10:03 AM
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I have at lest 10 bolt ons that have been up for 5 to 10 years and they are all still alive.They are all in hard woods, never used a pine tree.
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Old 07-14-2008, 10:34 AM
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It shouldn't kill hte tree however it does open the tree up for disease once you breach the bark, most trees can handle this no problem what becimes the problem is the hunters who leave the stands and steps in the tees year around and sometimes for life. Most trees will struggle to survive extended time if the stands are left in place. A good hunter will hang and remove stands and let the trees heal year to year. As long as you hang around august and remove in the winter the spring growth will all but erase you presence.Often stand sites change year to year anyway but for the good spots (and I have a couple) where the tree is hot year after year as long as you do the work and pull hte stands each year you will be good to go.
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Old 07-14-2008, 10:53 AM
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At the end of the season take down the stands and insert the same size dowel rod in the holes to exclude bugs and fungus, this allows the tree to grow unhindered and reduces the chance of further damage. The dowels can be removed the following year if the stand sites will be used again.
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Old 07-14-2008, 11:04 AM
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The pegs that I use only go into the tree 2 inches. Over the last 20 or more years, I have never seen a tree die that I have pegged.
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Old 07-14-2008, 11:30 AM
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pine tree's are definately alot more sensative then hardwoods. just climbing a pine tree with a climbing stand numerous times will eventually kill it. i have one spot i hunted for 2 years, climbing the same tree (i kept killing bucks from that location). the third year i went back to scout the area and the pine tree was dead. i can only imagine how a pine tree does if a huge lag bolt is drilled through it.
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Old 07-14-2008, 11:52 AM
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yea thats what i was told. but there is not really any hard woods around me.
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