Build Your Own Tree Stand – Questions for you to Answer

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When you have made the decision to build your own tree stand, answering the following questions will help you know exactly what you want and what to look for:

  •  Is your tree stand going to be a stand-alone one or attached to a tree?
  • How many people and what weight should it accommodate?
  • Is the deer stand going to have any sort of enclosure for protection from the weather or concealment?
  • If you are adding an enclosure, consider where the viewing areas will be if you want windows, and a door/flap to get into and out of the tree stand? If you want windows, how will they open [to minimize noise], and do they provide all-round vision?
  • If you are adding an enclosure, are you going to add heating? If so, is it a safe fuel, and is adequate ventilation and safe placement considered?
  • What materials are you intending to use for its construction i.e. wood, steel, aluminum, or a combination?
  • Will you use any materials such as carpeting to reduce noise from walking around?
  • How will you access your stand if it is not a stand-alone structure?
  • Will you need to buy or build a ladder, climbing sticks, or tree stand steps
  • Will the stand need painting or camo cloth [and therefore you can allow time for the fresh/new smell to lessen before hunting season]?
  • How will you transport the finished tree stand into your hunting environment [will you be able to carry it, or will it need a vehicle to transport it]?
  • Remember to place it before you need to use it so the deer can get used to it.

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