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Got a dilemma, have a great Lone Wolf alpha and 4 sticks I used to use a lot for archery. Now that my boy is beginning to hunt I'm favoring the ladder stands (for safety / stability). Have 2 real nice ladders and am thinking of selling the Lone Wolf to buy a 3rd. Have 2 sets of solid ladder sticks and a Hawk Helium kickback I crawl into with ease too.

We only hunt our land and have several solid locations plus 3 natural brushed in blinds on the ground. Just don't see the need for me to go mobile and use the hang on, (climb up hang a stick back down, climb a 2nd time hang a stick etc.) anymore. Maybe I'm get lazy in my old age.
Thoughts based on your experience please!
 

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<span style="font-weight: bold"> My thoughts are safety first...

I sold all my hang on stands and went to ladder stands...Age and a bad back required it...

With your son starting his hunting career, it is paramount to share the stand and those upcoming moments....

Best wishes with whatever choice you make, & Good luck to both of you...</span>
 

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You could just keep the Lone Wolf when you need to be a little more mobile, just make sure it has a lifeline on it when ever someone uses it.
 

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We run about 20 stands a year that we leave out for the season. However, I still have 3 that are the mobile type that I can hang on the same day I hunt. It is nice to have the light aluminum stands and aluminum rapid rails to hunt fresh buck sign that pops up during the season.
 

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If you do want to sell it I'm in the market haha.

In all seriousness if you're hunting with your son, ladder stands will be much easier and safer. I have no kids of my own but the one ladder stand on my property is much simpler to get in and out of than the hang on's with sticks.
 

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My thoughts....

Your boy is in school..or he tagged out..or is just not able to hunt for whatever reason...

The deer are moving well but just on the other side of a stand you have out..or don't have one in that area..or whatever...


Perfect reason to have atleast one portable setup...

And as I watched with my dad...the time hunting together is rather short...a few years and he will be on his own...school, sports, girls, working, college, etc..I still try to hunt with dad when I can... but it's tough to line up schedules...


So, though you may not need it NOW you may miss it in a few years... and the price of them is tough to swallow to repurchase a new setup...


Just my thoughts...
 

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My thoughts...

I've watched quite a few of my younger cousins "get into hunting" and come to camp for a few years. Then it slowly starts to turn into whatever reason they can't really hunt that year, etc. Then a few have given it up all together.

So, I'd say being that you have ladder stands right now use that for your boy since they are indeed a safe option, but keep your sticks and hang-on if (and hopefully he doesn't) he decides a few years down the line he doesn't want to hunt any longer.

You'd kick yourself if you spent all that money on the setup, got rid of it, and then 4 or 5 years from now it would the ideal setup for the type of lone hunting that you'd want to do.
 

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Guys,

Thanks for the input, a lot of good comments and appreciate your help.

I'll hang onto it just in case I need to relocate due to sign or for future use as buy once cry once is one of my sayings!

Thx and good luck to all of you this season, STAY SAFE!
 

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Yes just have a good guy at the bottom you trust. They are very scary to hang. Because your so far from the tree when climbing up and gravity can make it pretty shakey. When I hang mine I always send a smaller person up the ladder to get it strapped in.
 

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Wear a lineman's belt while hanging it so you have both hands free and it's a pretty simple and safe (as far as climbing trees goes) process.
 

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LOL after my treestand fall those hang ons scare the heck out of me. I like my summit now though. I read your post and think you are good. I have sold many things because I didn't have the money at the time and wanted to get something more suited. Better off hanging on to it. Once its gone its a lot harder to find the money to replace it.
 

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Got a dilemma, have a great Lone Wolf alpha and 4 sticks I used to use a lot for archery. Now that my boy is beginning to hunt I'm favoring the ladder stands (for safety / stability). Have 2 real nice ladders and am thinking of selling the Lone Wolf to buy a 3rd. Have 2 sets of solid ladder sticks and a Hawk Helium kickback I crawl into with ease too.

We only hunt our land and have several solid locations plus 3 natural brushed in blinds on the ground. Just don't see the need for me to go mobile and use the hang on, (climb up hang a stick back down, climb a 2nd time hang a stick etc.) anymore. Maybe I'm get lazy in my old age.
Thoughts based on your experience please!
I'm not sure how old your son is but I WENT THROUGH THE SAME THING.wHEN I FIRST STARTED GETTING HIM UP A TREE,I used double ladder stands.I hated them though.They're not very mobile,they're uncomfortable and they stick out like a sore thumb.I stopped using them and went to single ladder stands for him.They're way easier to move and you can conceal them much better.Get one's with mesh seats and they're comfortable.I climb up first and put my hang on right next to him so you get the best of both worlds.
 

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I sold three ladder stands this year and bought more hang ons. Simply because they are easier to move and only require myself to hang them. Yes, they are more work to put up, but they are more comfortable than a generic ladder stand. If you use lifelines, they are plenty safe. As I get older, I might have to go back to ladders or hope my son will hang them for me.
 
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