Hunting from tree stands has several advantages and several disadvantages as well as additional risks
1. You stink (at least to the deer or game pursued) and your smell is above them, which of course minimizes the risk of them being alerted to your presence.
2. Deer seldom look up to the heights that your at in a ladder stand (circa 12- 16ft), minimizing the possibility of alerting them to your position.
3. Ladder stands offer a view of a larger area than one can typically see from the ground, allowing you to see game at a greater distance, which in turn gives you more time to prepare for the shot.
4. Stands typically give you the ability to either rest a gun on a rest, or at least set the bow or gun down so that you have less fatigue by not having to hold/carry a hunting tool as you would with other types of hunting.
1. Ladder stands are heavy, and require 3 people to put up (per the manufacturers instructions), so limit where you may want to carry them to and when you can put them up as you require the additional personnel.
2. Tree stands require trees devoid of limbs for the first 16-20 ft of the trunk, so limit where one can put them up, or requires some tree trimming (may be illegal in National Forests or on private land).
3. Stands require a full harness fall arrest system, correctly installed, which is more gear to carry in, limiting where you may want to put it up.
4. Tree stands require a thorough knowledge of the area, and a location near a well traveled game trail.
5. Tree stands require a great deal of patience as it may take several hours before one sees any game, and the old idea of spending a few hours in the morning and a few in the afternoon is just a fallacy, as the attached image is one taken right around noon, showing 2 deer right under the tree stand.
6. Tree stands have a higher incidence of accidents, some 269 reported by the IHEA (International Hunter Education Association) in the last few years resulted in 29 deaths, with some 80% in the act of climbing in or out of a tree stand.
The use of any piece of hunt gear generally requires a greater understanding of its use whether it is a fall restraint system or a GPS, so take the time to watch the video's or manuals on how to correctly use any device.
Hunt Safe, Hunt ethically!