PSE’s Dustin Jones Explains the Benefits of a Tree Stand
By Dustin Jones
Hunting can be done in many different ways. You can set up and do a spot and stalk hunt, set up a ground blind, or even set up a tree stand. Whichever way you choose to hunt the key is to stay out of view. There are many instances where one set up would be preferred over the other but I want to focus on a couple of the benefits of sitting in a tree stand.
One of the major benefits of sitting in a tree stand is obviously being above the animal you are hunting. When you are up in a tree you are able to see further which can help you prepare for your shot. As you watch that animal make its way towards you, you can prepare yourself mentally as well as physically. When I see that deer or elk moving in closer, I start to determine where he will come walking by and where my shot will be. Then as quietly as possible I start to position myself while watching the animal so that I am not getting busted. They still look up in the trees so it is important to make very subtle movements as you are preparing for the shot.
Also being above the ground you are carrying your scent up the tree with you. I know that your scent will be dispersed as you are sitting in the tree, but you are up off the ground instead of on the same level as their nose. I’m not saying that you do not need to worry about scent control. Scent control should be a ritual no matter what style of hunting you are doing. While I am sitting in my stand I like to carry a scent wafer that I can set on a limb next to me to help cover my scent because let’s be honest, according to deer we stink.
The most important thing to remember about sitting in a tree stand is safety. Always wear a safety harness while in your stand, there is no animal worth the chance of sitting your stand and seriously injuring yourself or worse. When you are setting up your stand be sure to set it up at a distance that you are comfortable with. If you are uneasy with heights then set up your stand at a height that you are able to sit in comfortably. With this being said, I like to set my stand anywhere from 20 – 25 feet off the ground. This height for me is comfortable and it gives me a great view of the surrounding area.
Dustin Jones is a passionate outdoorsman who loves to hunt, especially bowhunt. He created his blog, HighCountryBowhunter.com, to share his experiences with others. He is a Field Staff member for DIYbowhunter.com and Adventure Team member for MINOX Hunting Optics.
Dustin was born and raised in Eastern Idaho where he currently resides with his wife and two sons.
Keep your eye out for the #elktour DVD over on huntography.com! Watch PSE’s Emily Anderson and Dustin Jones hunt elk DIY style on our amazing public lands in the Western United States. Huntography also films a deer hunting DVD called #deertour which you will be able to watch PSE’s Will Jenkins hunt whitetails. Huntography…filming America’s hunters, one at a time!