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went turkey hunting today and when i crossed a power line i could not believe what i saw.

i spotted the bottom part of a ladder thru the thick brush on the power line so i headed over to see what else might be there.

the ladder, was the bottom of a rope ladder that was anchored to a very large fallen tree, this rope ladder extended up approximately 30 feet to a homemade treestand on the edge of the power line.

i stood there in AWE, wondering why someone would actually climb this and hunt from that stand that looked very unstable. there is no safety line when climbing of any kind, nothing to attach one to, nothing to grab onto if that ladder breaks, NOTHING BUT AIR between you and the ground and that big hard tree at the bottom.

i was simply dumb struck at this set up. next time i go that way i will have to take my camera and get a picture. this person has GUTS,
dang.

 

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"Rather thee than me" would have been the thought in my head had I seen that contraption....I tried hunting out of trees a few times. Had a nice climbing tree stand too. It took only one time, when the bottom of the climber slipped, to change my mind about hunting from trees. Thankfully the bottom section was attached to the top and I was able to get back down the tree without incident, but that was enough of an incentive for me to sell the tree stand, which I did shortly thereafter. Have hunted from Terra Firma ever since.
 

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Not sure if I would call that guts. More like a person with a death wish, lol.
 

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went back today. heard 3 gobblers, one gun shot. not us.

we got some photos with my sons cell phone, when he sends them i will have to get someone to post them here. you wont believe it until you see it.

38 steps on that rope ladder approximately 18 inches apart. i stood under the stand and used my range finder...16 yards from my face to the bottom of the stand, thats 48 feet, plus my 6 foot equals 54 feet from the ground to the bottom of the stand. its higher than the power lines.

WOW...
 

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I have seen a number of regular tree stands in the woods that I would not even consider getting up into they were so high. Let alone a deathtrap like that.

I'd rather be cautious and alive than carefree (read that stupid) and dead.
 

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This guy is using a little known turkey hunting tactic in which the hunter goes out in the evening and gets as high in the tree as possible, hoping to actually roost with the birds. That way, in the morning, he'll know exactly where to find them.
 

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i discovered i get vertigo if i climb above 15 feet with a climbing treestand. i am OK in ladderstands. this happened after i turned 40


now i use ladder stands or hunt off the ground. success rate hasn't changed any regardless if i use a gun or bow.
 

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the farmer knows its there. knows the people, said they are really good climbers. they actually climbed that tree to put the stand and ladder there.
 
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