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Tips & Tricks

Climbing Treestand Tips

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Climbing treestand tips that will help you become a better crossbow hunter.

Climbing Treestand Tips

  1. Go Light –Ditch the backpack and that other gear that isn’t a necessity. It’s much easier to carry a climber in on your back if your not hauling a lot of additional weight. If you still need some gear try to pare down and use something lighter like a fanny pack or fill your pockets.
  2. Seek Cover – Straight, branch less trees lack cover and will not break up your silhouette. So look for a solid climbing tree that is growing in a cluster, near leafy saplings, or surrounded by conifers. Keep in mind that as the seasons change these spots will as well, depending on the type of cover chosen.
  3. Find a Fork – If cover is light, choose a tree that forks 18-20 feet up. This will give you a little more back cover to break up your pattern.
  4. Get Higher – Another trick for low-cover situations is to go higher and further remove yourself from your quarries site line. Keep in mind this added elevation will affect your shooting angle so don’t forget to account for this during shot placement.
  5. Don’t Hang Out – If your climbing stand kicks out from under your feet your harness will catch you. Don’t just leave yourself in a position where you are stuck, make sure you have a controlled decent device.
  6. Clang & Bang – Make sure your climber is strapped together and has padding in appropriate areas to reduce metal on metal sounds that comes from trekking through the woods. Pipe insulation and a little duct tape will go along way. Some climbers have noise reduction technology built in.
  7. Trim Lanes in Advance – You can always go in and climb a tree the day of. But if you can go in early trim your climbing tree and the lanes around it, you’ll ensure nothing will get between you and your trophy.
  8. Know Your Climber – Practice with your climber on different size and species of trees before the season. The exercise will not only help your climbing, but it will allow your to better recognize trees in your area which are perfectly suited for your climber.Climber Treestand Tips

Tips & Tricks

Fruit Stand Hunting

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Hunting near fruit can be action packed if you know to setup.

Fruit is nature’s candy and wild animals can’t resist it. This is why abundant fall fruit like apples are key early season hunting spots. Whether it’s a full blown orchard or lone crab apple tree, you can’t go wrong setting up nearby if you consider these 4 tips:

Find the Fruit: If your not hunting an orchard this maybe easier said than done especially since some fruit may drop earlier than others. Also, sometimes you may find the big game will prefer different types of apples over others for no apparent reason. To figure out their favorites you need to scout the different varieties, looking for lots of tracks, chewed apple bits, and rubs on nearby trees.

Trails: Several trails may lead to the fruit trees you choose to hunt over. Trying following these trails until you find one with largest tracks, rubs, or scrapes. Pick a spot in to setup that will put that you in perfect position to intercept anything moving on the trail toward or away from that fruit tree.

Stay Low:  Most fruit tree aren’t suitable for treestands and often the areas they thrive in lack other nearby timber for a treestand. As an alternative you can setup a ground blind or pit blind within shooting range. Try to hide the blind the best you can by utilizing local brush and cover. Set it up at least a couple days in advance.

Timing: When you go into hunt near fruit try to arrive early afternoon. Big game aren’t heavily pressured during early season and will often stop by fruit tree as a appetizer before they make their way to an agricultural field.Crossbow Hunting Apples

Tips & Tricks

Top 10 Treestand Tips

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These Top 10 Treestand Tips will help put you in position to claim trophy success this season.

1. Location Location Location

Nothing is more important than your stand location so think about local game movement, feeding habitats, crop rotations, water access, wind patterns and other natural elements that might make a stand location perfect.

2. Thick Cover

No matter how much camouflage you’re wearing or what the pattern is you still need enough cover around you to break up your silhouette. Situate your treestand in a tree with some additional branches or a fork to help you blend in or one that may have a number of foliage rich trees behind you that will do the same.

Product Reviews

Summit Viper SD

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Very few hunting products have withstood the test of time. The Summit Viper SD is one of these rarities and with few changes to this legendary climber, it continues to be the gold standard for crossbow hunters.

The original Viper was constructed of steel but demand for a lighter unit inspired Summit to develop the Viper SD. While identical in dimension and toughness the SD now weighs only 20 pounds which makes it one of lightest climbing treestands in its class. The design is ideal for crossbow hunters as it’s a excellent balance of spaciousness, versatility, and weight. It also offers crossbow users the stability of a shooting rail for those that may prefer the additional steadiness.

Tips & Tricks

Treestand Tune-Up

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With last season officially in the books it’s time to check out your gear and make sure it’s ready for year of open season action. While the best time to check out your treestand is immediately following your hunting season not all of us get around to it or are able, due to weather conditions. So here’s a quick treestand tune-up guide that will help ensure is safe and ready to go.

Product Spotlight

Cranky Treestand Steps

Cranky Treestand Steps are full of innovation, easy to use and built to perform. These advanced Tree Steps install in three easy steps.

  • STICK IT to set the dual spike design into the tree.
  • CRANK IT into the tree using the wrench.
  • CLIMB IT. It’s as easy as it looks.

The robust design provides a wide boot surface with a meaty grip and a large, integrated handle to grab when climbing. The plastic holster keeps your steps together on your hip and includes an elastic strap to secure them during walk-in to your tree stand. At less than 5 pounds, Cranky High-Performance Tree Steps were designed from the ground up with the crossbow hunter in mind.