I hunt in west Texas and the only way to hunt elevated out there is from a tripod. The majority of oaks are only 20-30 ft tall and the branches are to crooked and thin to put up a climbing or clamp on stand. The cedars only grow to 10-12 ft. Some guys will build a seat if the tree is stout enough but I usually shove a 12ft tripod into the canopy and use a pole saw to cut enough branches to clear out an opening to shoot through. Depending on the situation I may tie the tripod off to the tree or harness myself to the tree if I need to in order to be safe. Had a young 10 point walk right underneath me, between the tripod legs 2 years ago and last year a doe, being chased by a buck, clipped the ladder as she went by.
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