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Okay, so I am bored. I started thinking of old posts, greatest hits so to speak. And that brought me to tree stands. I don't get them. I can't imagine ever wanting to spend the day sitting in a tree. So I am going to reprise my post asking, why do you spend so much time sitting in trees and why do you find it so enjoyable. The post is from 2013 and I have to admit, I still don't get it. Think of this like all the sports networks replaying old games while they wait for new games to come back.

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Ive always enjoyed my tree stand time .
Seen a lot of wildlife from the stand other than deer .
My favorite type of stands were the lock-on , strap on type . I’ve still have my old Summit that straps on and Has the folding padded seat .
I used rope on stick ladders to get up and down .
With a good safety harness , about the safest I’ve found .
I’d have to sneak it to the woods from my wife if I were to use it now .
She freaks out when I say I’m going to clean out the gutters here at the house .
 

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When younger I loved hunting from tree stands. Not over bait, deer come in wired with 220 volts. Hijack them along their trails to the bait. Now at 76 years 8 months, Gommers go to ground.
 

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What JParanee said.

But I think a better one is - I dont get blinds.

If you enjoy in the woods hunting - then you can enjoy sitting in a tree stand(unless your afraid of heights.) You have a wonderful view of everything. You feel the breeze, you feel the sun, you smell the forest.

On the other hand - blinds(I mean tent blinds). They ruin pretty much every wonderful thing about hunting except getting the game.
 

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In a busy and stressing life, hunting a tree stand is a kind of contemplation time. There is almost nothing better than falling asleep in the tree stand, a sweet breeze licking your face along with the rising sun and being woken up by the cracking noise of dryed leaves trampled by the light feet of the critter coming.
 

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Here is where I get my great views. There is nothing like the view from the top of a Yosemite Valley climb. The view from the top of Smith Rock in Oregon is pretty good too.

Sometimes we have to climb trees while on a climb. You would not believe where trees manage to grow.

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I have been hunting for 40 years and still never seen one in real life ...
Us Aussies are behind the times ������.
I get it though, great way to kill game.
Maybe one day ...

( but I think I’d get bored - I spend way to much time stumping , roving and I’d fidget like a crazy man )
 

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Here is where I get my great views. There is nothing like the view from the top of a Yosemite Valley climb. The view from the top of Smith Rock in Oregon is pretty good too.

Sometimes we have to climb trees while on a climb. You would not believe where trees manage to grow.

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That looks fun but it seems like your real consideration isant about tree stands - its about hunting while sitting still. .
 

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tree stand hunting is relaxing.......it's why when this topic comes up, invariably some will speak of naps.
Being relaxed is enjoyable and a great diversion, in the fast-paced go go go cram-a-lot-in-your-day world we live in.
AND, being up in a tree, out of the traffic / animals' paths, and given a few hours or an entire day, you'll see a lot of birds and animals you won't see moving around.
I know guys that tree stand hunt and really don't care if they fire a shot.
A niece's husband hunts from the roof of his house and eats sandwiches all day up there.
 

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All though bow hunting is a short range game being in a tree gives you the benefit of sight.My ears are not what they use to be and a whitetail deer for its size can move through the woods quieter than a squirrel.I just can't stay put on the ground,alway wanting to move to a better spot.The trouble with that is the same way you see deer they see you and they have much better sences of sight and smell.
 

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Tree stand story. 1967, we built a 3' by 6' permanent tree stand in the 'Y' of a very large maple on private land. We built a padded seat against each side of the 'Y'. We decided to take turns using the palace in the sky. One day I was heading for it, a scruffy older man said lots of naughty words and threatened to shoot me if I got any closer. He had no idea what he was in for. At that time I was body building and had three years of intense American Karate training, I had every intention of making the ugly bastard a lot more ugly, so I waited. About 8 in the morning, i heard snoring. He was sleeping up there. About 8:15 I saw a horizontal ugly guy about half way to the ground, then a short waffling yell with a thud. Then I saw a group of deer coming across the field, heading for a shallow open hill side ravine, I went to head them off. Never saw the ugly guy again. Years back, I was one of the people that pushed the DNR to ban permanent tree stands on public property. That law needs to be tightened up to a 'leave no trace' policy for most public lands.
I have sat for many hours in tree stands and saw many interesting things and let many deer pass by, I have never killed a deer from a tree stand, although I did miss one with the first compound that i ever owned, missed it three times. I shot a deer later that year on the move, still hunting, with a Bear takedown autographed by Fred Bear himself.
For all who want to use tree stands on public land, I always suggest the Lone Wolf climber. My son uses them, they are safe, comfortable and light weight.
 

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Some years back, I thought it would be fun to try a tree stand again, I bought a Saber climber. My son called it, 'the widow maker'. i left it hang on public land over a noon hour, I went to town for some lunch and when I came back, some nice person stole the seat and left the base, which did not have the wing nuts, double nutted with a lock washer, which required the use of two wrenches, the seat still had the wing nuts. One question, how many people have the problem of peeing on their boots from tree stands?
 

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I agree. I can't imagine sitting precariously up a tree on a little shelf for hours on end. It is also the #1 source of bow hunting injuries. I put it in the same category as ice fishing. I would much rather take up curling.

As a fellow hiker, I do not find much pleasure in sitting around. That may be the source of it. That and being in So Cal where hunting is rare and dense forests are even rarer.
 

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I use them less and less as I get older. I also spend less time in them each sit too, a few hours at the most. Most of my deer in my hunting life have been shot from one. For rifle hunting in our swamp/marsh terrain, they are a must but we use spacious box blinds with old office chairs so we are comfortable and out of the rain with a heater if you are a wuss.

But I get it that the non-hunters don't get them.
 

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Funny, I am a brand new to archery, started on a whim 4 months ago. I have never hunted. I have never even thought about hunting. But since I've started archery, I have started thinking about hunting. I've read a lot online. I've watched Youtube videos. I've spoken to friends who do hunt. Through all that I have decided that I am not interested in hunting. BUT... I AM interested in sitting in a tree stand at dawn for a few hours quietly observing nature. I AM going to do that.
 

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That looks fun but it seems like your real consideration isant about tree stands - its about hunting while sitting still. .
Absolutely, I can't sit still for 5 seconds. It is a different mentality to be able to sit still and be quiet for a long time waiting for a significant event to happen. I think that is the sniper mentality. I would not have made a good sniper. I would fidget too much.
 

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Here is where I get my great views. There is nothing like the view from the top of a Yosemite Valley climb. The view from the top of Smith Rock in Oregon is pretty good too.

Sometimes we have to climb trees while on a climb. You would not believe where trees manage to grow.

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We don't all have access to Yosemite. I climb at the Wichita Wildlife refuge in Oklahoma. It is all about making the most of what you have available. I grew up in Ohio, and treestand hunting was the best way to hunt the smaller tracts of land with thick cover.
 

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It can be an effective way to hunt but after 25-30 seasons it gets stale ;-)

And you can be a lot more comfortable in a ground blind.
 
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