A tripod stand can also be known as a revolving stand, rotating stand or tower stand. If they have a skirt they can also be called blind.
In parts of the country where trees are sparse or non-existent such as the Texas brush country or the prairie of the Midwest, a tripod stand is the only suitable type of stand.
It is not strictly a tree stand as it is not placed in trees – it is a platform with either three legs [tripod] or four legs. The platform may or may not have some sort of enclosure to protect the hunter from the weather and give some camouflage.
They often have shooting rails to provide a rest for a firearm.
Because of their size, they are not portable and are usually left in one spot for some time. This also lets the animals get used to them.
The advantages are:
- Where trees don’t exist, they are the only way to gain the advantages of hunting from a height
- They can protect the hunter from the elements
- Can be very comfortable due to their size
- Can provide hunter concealment
Their disadvantage is their portability [or lack of!].