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How High Do You Hunt?

Unread postby Southern Man » Sat Mar 06, 2010 1:49 am

I've been hangin stands on our farm for rut hunts next season. I hung 2 last weekend and while hangin the 2nd one I thought, this is twice as high as I hunted just 3 years ago. Both stands are 24-25' and really for that location is where I needed to be. I find that I'm not comfortable in a stand less than 20' and feel naked and exposed. What are your thoughts? How high do you guys (and gals) hunt?

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Re: How High Do You Hunt?

Unread postby dan » Sat Mar 06, 2010 2:10 am

I really don't think I could put a number on stand hieght..
My stands are placed at the hieght they are based on many varibles such as wind direction, available cover, distance from the deer trail, etc...
On average I would say 18 / 20 feet up. But there are plenty of times I am at 12 feet, or 25...
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Re: How High Do You Hunt?

Unread postby Arrowbender » Sat Mar 06, 2010 3:46 am

My favorite height would be 22'.
That being said, I've never measured before hanging. I measure by default after every sit because my pull ropes are all @ 24'. (25' w/ loops tied in the end, no noisey hooks for this cowboy).
I used to laugh at myself when I would do an in season move of an early set up stand. They were always "too low" compared to the height that my later sets had become. I thought I had the early season "wussies" and hadn't found my normal comfort zone. In reality I've come to realize that there is way more foilage in early season and it wasn't necessary to go high and trim like a lineman when you can use that foilage to your advantage and concealment.

I guess what I'm trying to say is let each set dictate not only what tree to set up in; but also how high. I have really become a "no trim" freak, when possible. and it seems that most times there is a sweet spot between the upper and lower canopies that will allow for minimal trimmage with excellant shooting lanes.
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Re: How High Do You Hunt?

Unread postby Singing Bridge » Sat Mar 06, 2010 6:29 am

My swamps = 6 feet

Everywhere else = 18 feet
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Re: How High Do You Hunt?

Unread postby Casper » Sat Mar 06, 2010 7:40 am

Depends on situation but normally around 20 feet.
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Re: How High Do You Hunt?

Unread postby CatfishJack » Sat Mar 06, 2010 8:34 am

I hunt from on the ground to probably about 15'. When I hunt low its about 3 or 4 feet and my higher stands are 12-15.
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Re: How High Do You Hunt?

Unread postby Sam Ubl » Sat Mar 06, 2010 8:52 am

Am I the only crazy that's hung stands 40 feet high in a tall pine? Ran out of latter, so I used what I had left of climbing pegs till they ran out, then I was on my own climbing about 5-6 branches to get to where I wanted to be. Cut a hole in the branches and found myself protected from the wind, able to see in ways the Northwoods never offered me before, and totally secure. That was gun hunting this past season in Rhinelander.

Bowhunting, like Dan said, depends on a lot of variables. I've been 5 feet up and 25 feet up - anywhere in between.
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Re: How High Do You Hunt?

Unread postby WiBowhuntress » Sat Mar 06, 2010 1:30 pm

I have a fear of heights. I know...strange for someone that bowhunts, eh? So I like to be low...all of my ladder stands are 15-16 ft.
I have one hang on that's up there around 20 feet. The rest of the hang ons are around 18 ft.

It takes me a while to settle down when I get in the hang ons. I typically have to sit for about 5 minutes to "collect" myself before I can relax and feel comfortable.

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Re: How High Do You Hunt?

Unread postby James » Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:50 am

Maybe an easier question to answer would be "How high have you killed deer from?". My last few deer:

2007 private hills buck - ~23ft
2008 public marsh buck - ~7ft
2009 public marsh buck - ~12ft
2009 private hills buck - ~16ft

Like others my height is never set, but rather dictated by the tree, wind.
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Re: How High Do You Hunt?

Unread postby dan » Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:59 am

Good way to break it down James...
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Re: How High Do You Hunt?

Unread postby blackwolf » Wed Mar 10, 2010 4:26 pm

18-20 feet most of the time.
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Re: How High Do You Hunt?

Unread postby PLB » Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:54 pm

I'm not crazy bout heights either so if I can get away with it, the lower the better for me! 20 feet is about my limit! I had way too many close calls with those old Baker style climbers back in the day :shock:
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Re: How High Do You Hunt?

Unread postby Schultzy » Thu Mar 11, 2010 2:30 am

dan wrote:I really don't think I could put a number on stand hieght..
My stands are placed at the hieght they are based on many varibles such as wind direction, available cover, distance from the deer trail, etc...
On average I would say 18 / 20 feet up. But there are plenty of times I am at 12 feet, or 25...
My thoughts as well.
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Re: How High Do You Hunt?

Unread postby DevinJD2007 » Thu Mar 11, 2010 6:35 am

I normally hunt anywhere from 20-30 feet because I hunt alot of hilly country sometimes you got to get up there so your not in the direct line of sight of a buck above you.
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Re: How High Do You Hunt?

Unread postby mossyoak » Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:37 pm

20-30 depending on area and how pressured the deer are..


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