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Post by Parkersdad on Thu Apr 04, 2013 6:44 pm

I have tried a ton of stands form the Tree Saddle and Guidos Web to every brand of stand known to man and that is no lie. I have probably owned around 40 different stands. I keep going back to two. Lone Wolf hand climber and sit and climb are two of my favorites but I also like the Tree Walker tree stands. Those are the two in my arsenal now. What have you found that you like the best on public land?

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Re: Best Stand for Public Land Bowhunting

Post by SlowBow on Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:46 pm

Lone Wolf hand climber. Wouldn't hunt without it. It costs a few $$$ but it's very sturdy once your up, and the open design without a shooting rail is perfect for bowhunting. It's slim profile and light weight let me get way back on long pre-dawn hikes into thick cover without banging around on brush and making lots of noise.

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Re: Best Stand for Public Land Bowhunting

Post by Parkersdad on Fri Apr 05, 2013 8:44 am

I love my hand climber but I struggle to sit in it more than three or four hours. Do you have any tips. Also do you have the foot rests on yours?

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Re: Best Stand for Public Land Bowhunting

Post by Posted Boy Gallego on Fri Apr 05, 2013 12:16 pm

Glad I caught this thread. I am still trying to decide on a stand for this year. I just can't see spending $300-400 or more unless it will absolutely fit my needs for years to come. I'd love to be able to try a few but just do not have that luxury right now. The assault lone wolf is only 14.7 pounds and under $400. Wish I could demo it lol.
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Re: Best Stand for Public Land Bowhunting

Post by Parkersdad on Fri Apr 05, 2013 12:24 pm

Gallego, I will be the first to tell you that if you want a quality stand that will last forever the Lone Wolf is the way to go. I would get the Alpha though as it gives you more room. The way it packs flat you will not notice the extra three pounds.

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Re: Best Stand for Public Land Bowhunting

Post by SlowBow on Fri Apr 05, 2013 1:59 pm

Parkersdad wrote:I love my hand climber but I struggle to sit in it more than three or four hours. Do you have any tips. Also do you have the foot rests on yours?

Yeah, that seat is another story. Even with the pad. I try and set the seat at a level that my legs are fully extended, yet firm on the platform so it takes some pressure off the rear end. I will alternate standing and sitting every few hours to keep good blood flow in the lower end unit. I also try not to plan too many all day sits in the same spot. I do do this, but find it much easier to pick a spot for the morning and midday, and then have a spot nearby, like a field edge set-up or oak grove so I can climb down and do a short hike before the evening and loosen up a bit. No foot rest though.

PBG, I've had my LW for so long I can't remember when I got it, 10, 12 years ago when they first came out with it. It was so long ago that I got mine, they didn't even make the stabilizer straps for it, you just used the bungie cord to keep the top and bottom from dropping while you climbed. It's aircraft grade aluminum, wont rust, never had any problems. You just replace the traction belts every few years for safety.

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Re: Best Stand for Public Land Bowhunting

Post by Cbigbear on Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:26 am

My goto setup is a Loc-Limit & LW stick. This setup is light weight & easy to hang. I hunted strictly from climbers for years, thinking a hang-on stand was just to much work. Since buying my Loc-On three years ago I have sold all my climbers. Climbers limit your ability to hunt alot of places. The WMA I spend most of my time on is real climber friendly (alot of straight hardwood trees) but it seems like there is never that prefect tree in range & you just have to settle.

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Re: Best Stand for Public Land Bowhunting

Post by whitetailwick on Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:30 pm

In places where I cant get a climber in I use a fold up homemade lock-on due to theft. I got some places where the trees are not big enough for a climber or just to many limbs. The lightest climber I got is a open shot,and used it almost every weekend last season. Its ok for lightness and with the new mods I made it might be even better. If I could find a used lone wolf I would buy it but I dont like new price. With all the stands out there, there should be a perfect one but theres not.

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Re: Best Stand for Public Land Bowhunting

Post by heydeerman on Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:01 am

I have 2 Summit Vipers. I have has several Lone Wolf stands, Treesuit, Guidos Web, ect, Cigbears set up with the KW sticks and Loc on Limit is one I have used too. That is a really good set up if you don't want a climber. My Vipers are easier to set up than a LW and they will go one bigger trees. I replaced the seats with the Hazmore net seat and that shaved a little weight and made it easier to move around when set up.
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Re: Best Stand for Public Land Bowhunting

Post by Parkersdad on Fri May 03, 2013 9:34 am

I just bought a Hunt Comfort seat to go on the hand climber. It is the cats meow. Buoy have to call and ask for them because they only made a few to see if there was any interest. The one on the website only fits the lock on not the hand climber so please call and save yourself some time. Here are some photos of it.




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Post by PineywoodsBow on Fri May 03, 2013 10:17 am

wow, that looks comfortable, going to get one for my lock-on

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Re: Best Stand for Public Land Bowhunting

Post by Parkersdad on Mon May 13, 2013 11:49 am

I did order a Alpha Lock On this weekend and four sticks. I am going to give that a try this year in a few spots that don't have trees suitable for climbers. I'm hoping I am going to like this set up.

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Re: Best Stand for Public Land Bowhunting

Post by Backwaters Bowhunter on Mon May 13, 2013 10:23 pm

Millennium tree seat, lightweight, mobile. It works for me, you're on the ground, just depends on preference. Summit viper or open shot if I need to climb.

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Re: Best Stand for Public Land Bowhunting

Post by Posted Boy Gallego on Wed May 15, 2013 7:10 pm

Why can't you all just live in New York so we can take a trip out to Public Land and test out everyone's different method of treestand :p

I am still not sure on what to get. Everyone loves what they have and there seems to be no clear winner to choose from :p
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Re: Best Stand for Public Land Bowhunting

Post by Cbigbear on Wed May 15, 2013 7:28 pm

Alright let's everybody meet up this season in KY for stand testing/hunting. Ky is central.

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Post by Posted Boy Gallego on Wed May 15, 2013 11:12 pm

lol! We need someone from Kentucky to host Razz

Or we can all just swarm to Dave in WV
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Post by Cbigbear on Wed May 15, 2013 11:47 pm

Figured KY would be better hunting!!! Early season velvet bucks.

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Post by Backwaters Bowhunter on Fri May 17, 2013 7:40 pm

Hunting trip at Dave's stomping ground.

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Post by Spauldo on Wed May 22, 2013 9:59 pm

Sounds fun
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Re: Best Stand for Public Land Bowhunting

Post by vortex1 on Fri Jun 07, 2013 12:39 am

I use A lock on limit and hooks. ive made a few modifications to my limit though and yes i know your not suppose to use hooks but i cant help it, its just easier althou im not as big a fan ofem any more so ima figure me a way to climb with a foot loop. also i toted ol mans all my life and to me they are tha bees knees, but they are heavy even the aluminum ones, so ima get me a hand climber and give it a shot.
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Re: Best Stand for Public Land Bowhunting

Post by Parkersdad on Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:09 am

The Lone Wolf is the best hand climber in my opinion. It packs flat and is lite.

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Post by hornmaster7 on Fri Jun 14, 2013 11:35 pm

I use a summit viper. Very comfortable stand.
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Post by Waiting4Fall on Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:59 pm

I would love for a bunch of yall to come to Amherst! I'd take each of you to a great spot. Hope you don't mind walkin, lol. Smile

I'm game for a KY get together, if that works best for everyone.

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Post by palehorse on Wed Jul 03, 2013 11:53 pm

I recently picked up an API Bowhunter and I love it. I had a Lone Wolf hand climber that I was happy with UNTIL I had to climb pines. It flat out wouldn't do it. I got sick of sliding 3-4 feet down the tree when i least expected it. The API was $249 and is lightweight and rock-solid. Not too bad on long sits and does great on pines and hardwoods.

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Post by NanookOdaNorth on Thu Jul 04, 2013 11:58 am

I have a Summit Open Shot climber for straight trees and a Loc-On with 4 Muddy climbing sticks for when I'm hunting in the thickest cover.

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Post by minnesota_muley on Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:25 am

I've had my Ol' Man out quite a bit this summer. I've never used a climber and researched them quite a bit to try to get something would work form. So far I'm really happy with the Ol' Man. Its really light and packs easy on long walks. I learned quickly how to use and now I get it setup and get up the tree quickly and quietly. I haven't sat for long periods of time yet, but from what I can tell, it seems like the stand is really comfortable too. Oh, and it folds flat and packs quiet too. Seems like a great stand to me.

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Re: Best Stand for Public Land Bowhunting

Post by Widowmaker on Sat Jul 06, 2013 11:28 am

Lone Wolf Assault and Lone Wolf Sticks !!

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Post by Magicman on Sat Jul 20, 2013 12:55 am

I'm loving the guidos web! Not sure if I can go back to other stands. Just way to comfy!

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Re: Best Stand for Public Land Bowhunting

Post by Posted Boy Gallego on Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:05 pm

Recently I have been researching all the below:
Summit Viper Elite SD/Specialist SD/OpenShot SD
Lone Wolf Assault/Hand Climber Combo II

And I finally gave in and ordered the Lone Wolf Hand Climber Combo II! (Size 13 Muck Boots) Got a great deal on a new 2013 model on ebay!

I also ordered:
- molle 2 shoulder straps with quick release
- thirdhandarchery treestand bow holder (we'll have to test it out)
- sit and climb sling from lone wolf

Very expensive season but I used my last years saved up Xmas bonus giftcard and I know this setup will last a very long time!

Can't wait to try it out but as some of you might know, I live in NYC and don't get to go Upstate as often as I'd like. I'm thinking about going to a neighborhood forest park and testing it out. Hope nobody calls the cops on me for climbing a tree lol!
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Post by Posted Boy Gallego on Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:06 pm

Still need to buy new pants since my last ones are ripped and have no pockets which became annoying very fast, but I hate ordering online because things never fit good and Cabelas is 2 hours and $60 gas and tolls away. Sad
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Post by Catskill Whitetail on Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:50 pm

I actually use a loc on Windwalker stand, weighs 7lbs. I try to find a hemlock or tree with branches to climb up when i do my pre season scouting. Strap on steps fill the void where there are no branch's. I need to go light as all my hunting is straight up from my cabin. When hunting close to my property on the food plots I use a cheap loc on with guide gear climbing sticks locked to the tree. The whole package costs under $ 75.00 so it wont be too painful if stolen
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Post by Posted Boy Gallego on Wed Sep 04, 2013 12:30 am

I just setup my lone wolf with the straps and all right out of the box. I can't believe how light it is even at 17.5 lbs! Guess my back is used to having a 35 lb stand on it from the last couple years lol. I can't wait to try this out. HOWEVER, I just learned that it is illegal to climb a damn tree in NYC Parks. That means I gotta travel 1.5 hours north to public lands to do it! grrrrr . get me out of this crazy city.
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Post by Catskill Whitetail on Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:20 am

Posted Boy Gallego wrote:I just setup my lone wolf with the straps and all right out of the box. I can't believe how light it is even at 17.5 lbs! Guess my back is used to having a 35 lb stand on it from the last couple years lol. I can't wait to try this out. HOWEVER, I just learned that it is illegal to climb a damn tree in NYC Parks. That means I gotta travel 1.5 hours north to public lands to do it! grrrrr . get me out of this crazy city.
At least you can still drink a big soda Laughing 
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Post by Posted Boy Gallego on Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:27 am

lol
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