Thats a good question,,,,,,, Hight is how I deal with it, often going atleast 25ft up. And like you say to the first good sized branch. A large tree also helps. I use an Old man and I normaly sit faceing the tree and faceing the direction I think the deer will be coming from.
Background is important. Pines behind when the leaves are down for example. Breaking up your silhouette against the sky. I think more important than blending in is the amount of lower cover to obscure the line of sight of the deer near the deer. Hard for them to se out of the sapling branches until they walk into a shooting lane. One of my favs is being right by grape vines in the trees where I can snip some shooting lanes through.
This requires just a bit of planning and scouting..as opposed to just walking in and picking a tree. Try to find a tree that has nearby trees with limbs or such to give cover around you. Climb until you are in the best position to cover yourseld and have visibility.
I try to pick forked trees to climb. This way I can situate myself against the other side with my climber. Some of the forked trees I climb require a section of my climbing sticks to be able to climb in easier, but it works great for me.
your best way to blend in is to make sure you have background. Other than that the person who suggested the cammo wrap around the seat portion had a great Idea as well. I also have the Summit skin on the bottom and sides of my climber which helps break up the stand a bit
First of all, I put a bunch of camo tape on the bottom of my stand. Only on the bottom and some on the sides since the deer will only see(or hopefully not) those parts of the stand. Secondly, I just recently discovered this. Before going up the tree, I just grab a few sticks with a bunch of branches on it. Once set up, I just wedge the branches onto my stand to help break up my pattern. Just use what nature gives you!
I do about 90% of my hunting out of my old ole man, and to date I have killed about 70 deer out of it. The number one best method I have found is plain old getting high! Get you a quality harness and get as high as you are comfortable with. I have really found that you can get away with alot if you hunt in the 30 foot range...but it does make the shot more difficult. It really helps as the season goes and the trees lose their foliage.
i like to go up 18-20 ft min.i also try to find a tree that a large dia. i believe this helps to breakup you outline too.somtimes i have the cables to their last noch and its a real pain to climb but can be done.
i strap pieces of 1 inch square metal tubing to my arms and legs, sort of like a mechanical ghillie suit -- then I blend in fine with the climber.
Really -- you need tall straight trees, without branches, with a climber. Sometimes it makes snese to saw off a few branches. But background is key: pick a clump of trees together and work the climber into the middle of them; climb a pine until you hit the hanging branches; pick a tree with other trees next to it like pines. Some of my best stands with climbers have been arrow-straight maples 3 or 4 feet off of a pine.
I feel best in a climber when I get 20-25 feet up.
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