Not everyone has the same preference when it comes to hunting tactics. Every hunter has their own opinion on everything from the best time of day to bag a tag to what’s the best firearm. There are even ranging opinions on how to best perch and wait and tree stand designs.
There are several different kinds of tree stands hunters use today. Favored for differing reasons, different designs offer different benefits. Some are more hunter-centric, while some designs are focused on portability.
The Box Stand
Enclosed to protect you from the elements, box stands are typically the largest design concept. Based on a basic, enclosed box house design- hence the name- they are great for staying warm with a portable space heater and space to move around. These are also most useful for seeing over long distance.
A stand with a seat at the top of a ladder, the ladder stand connects to the tree. These tend to be a bit on the larger side but not as large as the box stand, due to the open design. With little protection from the elements, ladder stands remain stationary because of the size. On the same token, because of the stationary design, they offer more stability than smaller, portable options.
The most portable of tree stand options, climbing tree stands have a couple of different styles to connect to the tree. The part that wraps around the tree can be made from a thick cable or boomerang shaped piece of metal. The part that wraps around the tree is fastened to the stand with a bolt or pin for easy adjustment for different tree sizes.