Tree Stands vs Ground Blinds. Which is the best for deer hunting?
This is a common question for a lot of hunters, and there’s not usually a clear cut answer. Much of it depends on your individual abilities, experience, and of course, your budget. Let’s weigh the advantages and drawbacks of the tree stand and the ground blind, and get you pointed in the right direction.
Via: Muddy Outdoors
Hunting from Tree Stands
Forget what you used to know about climbing and hang on tree stands. The advanced designs of today’s tree stands have made them easier and safer to use than ever before. Before buying one, you should consider the drawbacks and benefits.
- They are more demanding. Hunting from a tree stand requires your full attention at all times. A fall from 20 or more feet can kill.
- You are exposed to the elements. Not only do you need to be on your game to get on the stand, but you need to stay warm, and prevent scent contamination.
- Unless you get one of the new lightweight tree stands, you may find them heavy and awkward to get into position, not to mention uncomfortable over a long sit.
- Finding the perfect tree, that also coincides with a perfect spot, can very difficult to find. Some hunters have solved this by first finding a great tree stand location, and then planting food plots to create the good hunting spot.
- A well-placed tree stand gives you an advantage. From your perch in the tree tops, you can see, hear, and feel more of what’s happening around you.
- You gain more fields of view for taking a shot, especially for bow hunting. From a blind, even the smallest bush can eliminate the chance of a quality shot. This really comes in handy for after the shot and tracking where the animal goes.
- Adding stands to your private property can make it more attractive to hunters, should you ever want to lease your land.
Hunting from Ground Blinds
Ground blinds are attractive to hunters for many reasons. They tend to be cheaper, are generally safer, and are extremely easy to setup. Let’s check the pros and cons of this type of hunting.
- They are highly portable, with little limitation on where you can place them. Say you have several locations pinned down via game cameras. You can break down and set up in a new area in a matter of minutes. It’s easy to camouflage by brushing it in with branches, leaves, and bushes.
- A ground blind helps contain your scent. Turkeys have been known to come right up to a well-placed ground blind with no idea that it’s even next to them.
- Stands can be difficult to reach, especially for younger hunters. A ground blind can be much more comfortable for your beginner hunter.
- The same goes for older hunters. When climbing up the steps to a stand becomes more dangerous than it’s worth, a ground blind can be your refuge.
Via: Barronett Blinds
- Blinds tend to encourage and enable the bad habits of lazy hunters. Some people revert to playing video games on their phone, eating snacks, and even falling asleep. You don’t have that option sitting in a climbing stand.
- Blinds create, well, blind spots. Even the blinds marked with “360 Field of View” still have restrictions on how many shooting ports can be fit into the design.
- Deer especially can make out a poorly brushed in blind and will avoid the area. Whereas you are generally above line of sight on a stand.
Which is Right for You?
Tree stands are probably the best way to go in most whitetail deer hunting situations unless you have physical limitations preventing it. In that case, a ground blind is your best bet. And remember a ground blind is not only good for turkey hunting but deer as well. I hope this overview has shed some light on which type of hunting will work best for you.
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