Tree stands - climber vs hang on?
11/5/15 @ 9:18 AM
I gun and bow hunt on public land in norther wi. Unfortunately only bow hunt a few times each year. Currently have an older hang on with climbing sticks. I have been looking at buying a climber, but have never used one before. What are pros and cons of each? Which is 'safer'?
11/25/15 @ 11:17 AM
11/18/15 @ 9:23 AM
If you hunt in popple or oak, then there is no issue with finding a tree to get a climber up. I almost broke my neck the few times I put up my hang-ons. Some practice and technique I am sure would help a lot. But I prefer a climber and the several different woods I hunt have plenty of good trees to get a climber up, never an issue.
11/18/15 @ 9:10 AM
Unless you are going to hang your stand in a dead tree(for safety reasons I don't recommend this) there is no such thing as a forever treestand. I have seen stands with chains that have grown around the chain from not being adjusted. There are stands out there with metal attachments. Best bet is to go to fleet farm or cabelas and walk around
11/18/15 @ 5:54 AM
11/17/15 @ 8:44 PM
I have both climber is nice and comfortable but you have to do pre scouting on trees if you have a nice light pair of climbing sticks and stand you can basically use any tree and set up in the same amount of time and don't have to pick in choose. I like both but both have ups and downs comes to your preference and where you do most of your hunting if the tree allow you to use a climber
11/17/15 @ 7:10 PM
11/17/15 @ 4:03 PM
I agree with what has been said about advantages of both. I want to focus o comfort. I have a summit viper. Quiet, fairly light, and really comfortable to sit for long periods. If you are in areas with small trees or ones with lots of branches, you will need a hanger. The nice thing is, I have bought several hangers with sticks for less than 30 dollars used. You can get a strap and pad to make a backpack strap for carrying. I get bulk strap material from our army surplus store. You can ratchet your sticks to the hanger for carrying. If you find a cheaper hanger, you could get a summit viper too
11/17/15 @ 11:01 AM
I prefer to move where the deer are. Or where I haven't spooked them going in. After going a 1/2 mile spooking deer I will often go another 1/4 mile. Climber makes that easier for me to navigate thru woods. Also hunting public land where you can't leave or wouldn't want to leave anything out for the night or any amount of time.
11/17/15 @ 10:50 AM
11/17/15 @ 10:14 AM
I’ve been using a Lone Wolf Alpha Sit And Climb for years now. It was a little spendy, but it’s light, quiet, comfortable, packs down flat and is fast to get set up and up in a tree. I’ve also got a few hang ons that I set up and leave for the season and I don’t think anyone deny the fact that they’re a little awkward to get set up in the tree for a quick hunt. Sometimes it can be difficult to find the right tree with a climber, but that’s when you just use it as a hang on. I haven’t looked at the other recommendations to know anything about them, but another reason the Alpha climber is really nice is because you’ve got a shooting rail for gun that swivels out of the way for bow hunting. As far as safety goes, I like being attached to the tree at ground level so I am not messing around trying to hang on to the tree and attach a stand at the same time. The only tricky part with a climber (other than finding the right tree) is to make sure you set the bottom part a little tight at the base of the tree so the platform is level when you reach the height you plan on climbing to - as the diameter of the tree decreases. The last thing you want to do is try to re-adjust the part you’re standing on to level it out once you’re 20 feet up.