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Old 10-03-2008, 01:15 PM
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Ladder Stand vs. Lock-on Stand


Which do you think would be better??
Ladder stand or a lock - on??
[/align]_______Plenty of trees to choose from on the place Im hunting, Pines and hardwoods. Want something fairly easy to move if needed. Stability is very important to me and comfort is a good quality: at peak times I like to hunt all day.
Also will the ladder be noticed easily by the deer??
The area Im putting the stand is somewhat open (mainly hardwoods) hunting trails coming out of pines on one side ( my left side)and a clear cut in the other corner ( my right side).
Im also planning on putting it up tomorrow and hunting it next week for the ML opener.___________
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Old 10-03-2008, 01:58 PM
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Default RE: Ladder Stand vs. Lock-on Stand

A lock-on is easier to put up by yourself. Ladders are usually easier to get into. I like to put them up weeks in advance so that the deer get used to them.
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Old 10-03-2008, 02:40 PM
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The older I get the more I use ladder stands. I have three ladder stands and one summit viper climber.
Lock ons are less obvious to deer, but they both have there uses..get a couple of each..LOL
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Old 10-03-2008, 02:44 PM
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I think a ladder is easier to use by urself. Theyre very easily customized and camoflauged. HOWEVER.........you can tuck a lock-on up in a place in a tree any other stand might not be able to go (i.e. limby place, fork, crooked tree that is limby) and it has a smaller profile...they make some comfy ladders too. Personally I use both in different settings.
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Old 10-10-2008, 12:42 PM
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Default RE: Ladder Stand vs. Lock-on Stand

depends on the tree, i use climbing sticks w/ a lock-on so a real limby tree is out of the question, thats when i go to the ladder stand. also my ladder stand is only 15' and my sticks are 20' so i try to put the ladder stand on a high point when possibe. Also, another thing to consider is that lock-ons have much bigger more open platforms and fold up seats, which makes them ideally better for bowhunting. Where as most ladder stands come with a gun rest which makes them better for gun hunting. Although i have gun hunted and killed several deer out of lockon's. You can pick up a set of 20' climbing sticks for 40 bucks or and a lock on for $50. To get a ladder stand that tall you're goign to spend a ton of money. Also you can use a wide strap and pack in your lock-on and sticks in by hand where as a ladder stand is going to be more bulky. But in the end it comes down to your situation, preferences. Oh and don't forget to brush em in either way, zip ties and cedar limbs work great!
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Old 10-10-2008, 12:50 PM
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Lock on's, easier to put up, better seats, easier to prevent theft and easier to haul in and out. Also more versitile, can put them in places you cant put ladder stands.
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Old 10-10-2008, 01:06 PM
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What about a climber??? Are they climbable pines???
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Old 10-10-2008, 01:11 PM
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Lock-On, Ladders stands almost always require a partner to set up and are very noticable.
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Old 10-10-2008, 01:38 PM
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ladders tend to be more comfy, but a lot more work packing in, IMO
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Old 10-10-2008, 07:28 PM
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I use ladder stands in pines whenever I can, probably my favorite set up. Open woods I have sticks and loc-on or my climber for versatility. I have a telescopic ladder that weighs about 22-23 lbs and telescopes to 16' with the ladder portion and a platform and seat on top, kind of like sticks and loc on combined.
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