Re: OLD WOODEN TREE STANDS ?
When I was a kid, 45 years ago, it was a common practice to use old rotted wood to build a tree stand, good enough to hold one or two people for two weeks at a time.
The ritual was to visit the tree stand a couple of weeks before deer season, make a mental note of what needed replaced. Show up Thanksgiving weekend, replace the bad boards, use the tree stand one more time.
I actually had one of the first commercial tree stands.
It was nothing more than some 1/4 inch steel plate bent at a 90* angle with a brace welded in between. It nailed to the tree - like a wall bracket for a shelf.
You attached two by fours to the bracket with wood screws.
You nailed the platform to the two by fours.
There was no sides or roof.
My cousin and I built a tree stand in a maple tree at the camp more then 40 years ago that was a very productive deer stand. Unfortunately the users were not knowledgeable about carpentry or safety. One year they neglected to tell anyone that the safety railing was bad. My dad climbed up, leaned on the rail, fell 12', landed on top of his bottle of soda and rifle, broke all of his ribs on one side, spent 6 weeks in the local hospital.
When the camp was sold, I took a sledge hammer and knocked all the tree stands out of the tree's, it was a liability to have them on the property.
Most of the tree stands on our property, after 12 PM on the first day, anyone could have sat in them, because the hunters were already back in camp, with or without their deer. There was some fights over property and tree stands the last year we hunted there. Basically the generations changed and the newer generations were not respectful of our land and were only out for themselves.
There was one guy that not only built a tree stand on our property, he even went so far as to put up POSTED signs on our property and throw us off our own land - because it was a pretty good spot and we did not know where the property line was at for sure!
The new owner spent thousands of dollars on a good survey.
Threw that guy off the property, put a natural gas well & pipeline where that guys tree stand was located.