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#5370429 - 10/20/14 04:19 PM Best way to anchor deer stand?
ChadTRG42 Offline
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I have built my deer stand, and I need to anchor it on all 4 corners. I have heavy duty cable running from each corner, and I need a solid way to anchor each corner down to keep it from blowing over. I tried the cork screw dog anchors, and they broke off. I went ahead and anchored 2 T-posts on 2 different corners to make due for now. What are some other options to anchor down a deer stand and keep it from blowing over?
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#5370443 - 10/20/14 04:25 PM Re: Best way to anchor deer stand? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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We've always put a T-Post on each leg with some bailing wire with one piece of good cable in the middle attatched to a mobile home anchor. Done many of them this way and never had one blow over.
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#5370457 - 10/20/14 04:33 PM Re: Best way to anchor deer stand? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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I took and built a square wooden form about 3'x3' out of 2x12's in the center under the blind in really rocky ground. I would take and drive in a pipe as far as I could into the ground in the center of the form. After that I would tie a chain around the bottom of the pipe at ground level. Then fill the form with a few rocks and/or just pour sackrete over the whole thing(about 8 sacks). I would then take cable from each bottom corner of the blind to down to a large turnbuckle I put on the end of the chain. Tighten it down as tight as I could get it, wait till a good rain then tighten it if it needed it.
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#5370677 - 10/20/14 06:09 PM Re: Best way to anchor deer stand? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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This is what I use, but it is in east Texas dirt, not rocky soil like the hill country.

http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/harvest-48-in-l-earth-anchor-with-6-in-dia-auger

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#5370732 - 10/20/14 06:34 PM Re: Best way to anchor deer stand? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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Here was my solution on a lease that was so rocky you couldn't dig or drive anything into the ground. I made the basket out of one 16' cattle panel and tied the sections together with small clevis rings.

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#5370812 - 10/20/14 07:09 PM Re: Best way to anchor deer stand? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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How about running guy wire to trees or stumps from each corner?

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#5370909 - 10/20/14 07:51 PM Re: Best way to anchor deer stand? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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I use two foot lengths of angle iron from old bed frames. Drill a 1/4" hole about an inch from one end. Hammer it in the ground with the side of the angle with the hole tight against the leg of the stand, leaving about six inches above ground. Drill through the hole and completely through the stand leg and bolt the leg to the angle iron with 1/4" galvanized bolts. Do that to all four legs. My stands have withstood two hurricanes.
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#5370972 - 10/20/14 08:19 PM Re: Best way to anchor deer stand? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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If you not in solid rock. I screw an eyebolt in each corner at the top and guy wire to 4 foot sucker rods 20ft out hammered into the ground at angles as tight as I can get the wires ( tilt the stand on one side when hammering in rods and have your biggest man stand on the rod when sledge hammering the other side at an angle with the wire wrapped around the top.) Last year we had 70mph winds that blew our camp apart in Fisher County. All of our stands were still upright. Be sure to crush several beer cans on the wires or tie flags on the wires for visability.

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#5371014 - 10/20/14 08:32 PM Re: Best way to anchor deer stand? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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GRAMPS!!!

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Run Guy wires off each corner and hammer drill in Sucker Rod w Tensioners or heavy duty Modular building anchors..



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#5371038 - 10/21/14 08:33 AM Re: Best way to anchor deer stand? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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These are all some good ideas! I looked for the mobile home anchors and could not find any, so I went with the dog chain anchors. No bueno.

I have 2 corners tied off to the bases of a mesquite tree. The other 2 are on T-posts anchored at an angle, and the cable tied and cinched around the bottom. I want to make it a little more solid. We are in Throckmorton County, and it is always blowing there.
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#5371087 - 10/21/14 08:47 AM Re: Best way to anchor deer stand? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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Originally Posted By: ChadTRG42
These are all some good ideas! I looked for the mobile home anchors and could not find any, so I went with the dog chain anchors. No bueno.

I have 2 corners tied off to the bases of a mesquite tree. The other 2 are on T-posts anchored at an angle, and the cable tied and cinched around the bottom. I want to make it a little more solid. We are in Throckmorton County, and it is always blowing there.


Tractor supply should have different length earth anchors over by their chains, try like a 30" one and twist it down as far as you can. Bring a pipe that'll fit in the eye of the anchor long enough for you and a buddy. It'll be like a merry-go-round except its more labor than pleasure
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#5371097 - 10/21/14 08:50 AM Re: Best way to anchor deer stand? [Re: ChadTRG42]
ChadTRG42 Offline
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That's what I was going to try!
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#5371223 - 10/21/14 09:30 AM Re: Best way to anchor deer stand? [Re: Ramball36]
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Originally Posted By: Ramball36
Originally Posted By: ChadTRG42
These are all some good ideas! I looked for the mobile home anchors and could not find any, so I went with the dog chain anchors. No bueno.

I have 2 corners tied off to the bases of a mesquite tree. The other 2 are on T-posts anchored at an angle, and the cable tied and cinched around the bottom. I want to make it a little more solid. We are in Throckmorton County, and it is always blowing there.


Tractor supply should have different length earth anchors over by their chains, try like a 30" one and twist it down as far as you can. Bring a pipe that'll fit in the eye of the anchor long enough for you and a buddy. It'll be like a merry-go-round except its more labor than pleasure

Also take a piece of 3/4" rebar or pipe and a sledge to start you a hole first. If the ground is not wet then pour some water in the hole to soften the ground. Then start the anchor like post above. The pilot hole make the anchor catch faster and go in a bit easier.
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#5371458 - 10/21/14 10:59 AM Re: Best way to anchor deer stand? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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We have always just used t-post hammered in at an angle.
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#5371486 - 10/21/14 11:10 AM Re: Best way to anchor deer stand? [Re: ChadTRG42]
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Check tractor supply... They have some big red anchors that work perfect!
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