Re: tree stand or off the ground
Tree for me. I sometimes hunt on the ground.
Here is the thing. Although a crossbow does not have to be drawn, you still have to hold it at the shoulder as you wait for a shot. They are front heavy and not at all easy to hold at the ready for any length of time. Getting busted as you shift around or have to lower to relax is also part of the game with crossbows.
If the shot does not come fast and you have to wait, I have been busted many times having to relax and give my arms a rest.
If using a stand with a shooting rail, it changes the game, obviously.
I support all hunters, regardless of weapon or technique!