Safely Hanging an Invisible Treestand- Part #1

The time is here! Almost... Many of us are chomping at the bit to get into the deer woods. At ScentBlocker we know that consistently killing mature bucks is similar to piecing together a puzzle, and two key pieces are location and remaining invisible. Recently my friend Jenna Farris of Farris Photography followed me into the woods to document the process I go through to safely hang "invisible" treestands. This is part #1 of 2, stay tuned next week for the rest of the article. As always, have fun, and be safe!

The early October stand location was just as I had imagined it. The opportunistic deer had taken advantage of my access trail and worn it down so it was quiet, the leaves had grown in nice, and I was well hidden. Smoking hot deer sign nearby led me to believe that my post season scouting had paid off. After seeing a few young bucks and several does, I was certain that summer treestand preparation was now going to become part of my yearly routine.



ScentBlocker Trinity Blast spray is a must when trying to remain invisible. ScentBlocker Trinity Blast spray is a must when trying to remain invisible.

Many hunters aren’t even thinking about deer hunting in the summer months, let alone doing anything about it. Most wait until the last minute, and hang their stands the weekend before the season opener, and that’s IF they removed them from last year. Many don’t know that treestands need to be removed after each season and stored properly. I’m hooked on summer treestand preparation. I like getting in and not worrying about bumping deer, the foliage closely resembles that of early October, and the wind patterns are very similar to early fall as well.


I usually take New Year’s Day off to watch football, so I like to start planning for deer season on January 2nd. I do a lot of post season scouting and late winter shed hunting. If post season scouting and shed hunting weren’t an option this year, no worries, keep them in mind for next winter.


Once I've found a new area I want to hunt, I scour the location on foot and carefully analyze an aerial photograph online. Look for food sources, bedding areas, and travel routes. Between physical scouting, and online map analysis, I usually have a pretty good idea for a precise stand location. After I choose a spot, it's time to come back with some tools. I like to hang the stands in the summer months because the new growth has taken shape and I’ll have a decent idea of what my handiwork will look like come fall. I’ve trimmed trees and hung stands in January only to come back in October and have the only evidence of my efforts being the treestand itself. Mother Nature has a funny way of taking our pruning as a challenge to grow back even more vibrant than before.


Types of Stands


The second type of stand I hang is a pre-rut stand. In the pre rut time of the year, bucks really start ramping up their scraping and rubbing. In hopes of establishing their breeding dominance, they leave a lot of telltale clues to their existence. These stands are usually located on travel routes, downwind from doe bedding areas, a staging area, or anywhere else a cruising buck may frequent. I usually won’t hunt these stands until the sign and trail camera evidence tells me to.


The third type of stand I hang is a gun season stand. In my neck of the woods, and most other areas in Michigan, gun season resembles some sort of archaic war zone. Any deer worth their salt head for the hills and finds the thickest, nastiest cover they can to ride out their impending doom. These stands are usually located in far off or hard to reach places where deer will feel safe.


There actually is a fourth type of treestand I prepare, my portable sets. Each summer I’ll also trim out trails and trees for the potential to hold a portable climbing or lock on stand. These possible spots could be anywhere, but in my opinion don’t warrant the use of a permanent lock on or ladder stand. Or, in some cases, I don’t know the neighbors enough and am not comfortable leaving anything permanent on the property. No matter the reason, it’s nice to own a high quality portable stand and have the ability to use it in pre-arranged locations.


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