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post #1 of 69 (permalink) Old 06-26-2013, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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How long does it take you to set up your stand?

I hear people say all the time how lighting fast they can set up their tree stands. I must be slow????

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After I reach my selected tree I check the wind then open my backpack pull out my safety vest and put it on, switch my cell phone from my belt to my vest pocket, take out my safety belt and put it around my waist for easy access, carefully put my stand around the tree and fit it to the proper size, put out my scent canisters, attach my pull rope to my bow, attach climbing rope and slowly climb my tree careful not to make a sound and to listen as I go up the tree. After I reach my apex, I attach my safety belt to the tree and my vest, put up my accessory holder, hang my binoculars, range finder and calls, pull up my bow, place it in my bow holder and put on my release. All this takes me a good 15 minutes.

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I plan 45 minutes. I use the rope steps which take a little time.

Ladder stand:

Even though the instructions calls for three guys to put it up I often put it up and take it down my myself Again I plan 45 minutes.

How long for you?

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post #2 of 69 (permalink) Old 06-26-2013, 09:43 PM
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Re: How long does it take you to set up your stand?

I had 14 stands out last year. Took me two full days to hang them all.
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Re: How long does it take you to set up your stand?

Don't you use a strap to secure the hand climber to the tree? If not, please do.

Takes me 10 to 15 as well when I take my time in a hunting situation. I don't check the wind at the tree. That's done before I walk into the woods. My hang on I can put up just as fast. Three rapid rails and a real quick lightweight stand.

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Re: How long does it take you to set up your stand?

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I had 14 stands out last year. Took me two full days to hang them all.
Wow! what kind of stands are those? 2 of us get 5 in tops per day, that includes shooting lanes.

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Re: How long does it take you to set up your stand?

I have 6 stand locations. 4 in Washington, 1 in Allegheny, and 1 in Beaver County. Takes me 2 days to set them. Lock ons with climbing sticks. I put them in Mid August, takes about 2 days.

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Re: How long does it take you to set up your stand?

I am terrible with putting up hang on stands. I would give myself at least 45 minutes to an hour not including trimming lanes and so forth.

As far as my climber goes, once I am at my selected tree, probably 5 to 10 minutes. I usually have an idea about which tree I am going to be using. If I have already used that tree then it is much quicker. But I would guess it only takes me a minute or two to get 15 to 20 feet off of the ground, and just a few more minutes to have my harness attached and my bow up.
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Re: How long does it take you to set up your stand?

30 minutes to put in tree steps, hang stand, cut lanes. normally do 5 or 6 per session before the august heat gets to me.

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Re: How long does it take you to set up your stand?

i feel better now. i keep reading about guys who carry in their hang ons and stick ladders, and are up & ready to hunt in 5 minutes. i takes me a half hour or more, less if i have a helper.

climber, 15 minutes after i get to the tree i am ready to shoot.

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Re: How long does it take you to set up your stand?

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i feel better now. i keep reading about guys who carry in their hang ons and stick ladders, and are up & ready to hunt in 5 minutes. i takes me a half hour or more, less if i have a helper.

climber, 15 minutes after i get to the tree i am ready to shoot.
Haha I can do it in 5 but definitely would do more harm than good to my hunt most of the time.

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Re: How long does it take you to set up your stand?

climber takes me about 5-7 minutes to be ready to shoot. i strap a small bag with all my calls, wind checker, etc. to my rail, and i climb with my bow on my back in a bowsling. my release is on my wrist before i leave my house, as in everything else i need to wear. the bag stays strapped to the stand even when walking in. it's a pretty fast system.
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