I like to go a minimum of 20 feet. Sometimes that is not possible, but this year I have a stand that is a minimum of 21-22 feet. Looking up from the ground that doesn't look to tall, BUT looking down that is plenty tall for me.
I agree with most of what the replies you received say. 20 feet seems to be the standard effective height. Higher makes close shots harder, and single lung hits more likely. Going higher than you are comfortable with is counter productive. Lower is OK if cover & terrain permit.
All that being said, the single most important thing YOU can do in your stand to increase your effectiveness is to STAY STILL. No camo can overcome moving too quickly on stand. It’s the hardest thing for young/new hunters to master. Just like we should always act as if a firearm is loaded, we should always act like a deer is watching our area from a distance. Get still quickly too. Don’t think that because you’ve just climbed into your tree there are no deer nearby, and if there were you’ve spooked them. Just as good a chance they’ve heard you and may come to investigate (at least younger deer). Always move in SLOW motion.
For safety, ratchet strap the bottom of your climber if you plan to be there for a long hunt. This will give you a super solid base, and confidence to twist or lean (with a safety belt of course) if you need to. With strap/chain-on stands, my club does this: We have a ½ inch rope line from top to bottom, and keep our full body harness attached the entire time up & down. We use the prussic knot that slides up & down rope, but will not allow it to slide down during a fall. (Anyone interested in this idea, please message me. I’m not selling it; you get your own supplies, it’s easy to make!)
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