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#5934536 - 09/18/15 09:42 AM Tripods - the new age bow stand for Texas?
Mavric Offline
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Registered: 01/14/11
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Loc: Allen Texas
I've been bow hunting for 10+ years in texas....over the years I've used clamp ons and ladder stands but its always been a challenge to get high enough, right direction for the prevailing wind (ie the perfect tree), cover, you name it. With my clamp-on stands I've been busted twice by bucks....hawgs actually would look up in my direction before walking to the feeder.

About two seasons ago I picked up a tripod and tucked it into a big juniper. From my perspective wow what a difference!!! It's almost impossible to get busted and seems like the perfect stand for Texas bow hunting. I've got my tripods so well concealed you can't even see the legs from the trail. Last year I took a super nice 8....he literally stood underneath my tripod on the trail for a 1 or 2 mins then slowly walked to the perfect broadside shot. Just wanted to hear from other bow hunters if they have converted...

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#5934543 - 09/18/15 09:45 AM Re: Tripods - the new age bow stand for Texas? [Re: Mavric]
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always used lock ons to get way up but did buy my first tripod last year and sunk it into a mesquite tree.. works nice
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#5934828 - 09/18/15 11:59 AM Re: Tripods - the new age bow stand for Texas? [Re: Navasot]
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We have several on the ranch I hunt. Anywhere from 6 to 12 foot tall. I prefer the sturdier homemade ones with a larger floor. But yeah we don't have very many stands that you can see if you don't know where to look.

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#5934875 - 09/18/15 12:25 PM Re: Tripods - the new age bow stand for Texas? [Re: Mavric]
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Planning on building a few that adjust from about 6-10 foot or so and doing like you said and sticking them in trees. We don't have any trees big enough/tall enough to put a hang on in.
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#5934921 - 09/18/15 12:49 PM Re: Tripods - the new age bow stand for Texas? [Re: redchevy]
Mavric Offline
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Loc: Allen Texas
Originally Posted By: redchevy
Planning on building a few that adjust from about 6-10 foot or so and doing like you said and sticking them in trees. We don't have any trees big enough/tall enough to put a hang on in.


hey redchevy...take a look at Dicks Sporting goods...they have a lightweight (70lb ?) 12' tripod that's easy to haul and setup for $149. I have two of the heavy 16' Academy ones, rock solid but its a 3 man effort to tuck it into the junipers....wife gave me a Summit tripod...very solid but a bit of a pain to put together.

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#5935064 - 09/18/15 02:17 PM Re: Tripods - the new age bow stand for Texas? [Re: Mavric]
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I just did some touch up work on one tripod that I've had for over 10-years. I thought that was what everybody used, besides popup blinds.
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#5935239 - 09/18/15 04:32 PM Re: Tripods - the new age bow stand for Texas? [Re: Mavric]
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I have three tripods. I use ladder stands as well. Hang/lock on stands work well I just don't like how difficult it is, relatively, to set steps and remove them.
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#5935501 - 09/18/15 07:49 PM Re: Tripods - the new age bow stand for Texas? [Re: Mavric]
kmon1 Offline
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Registered: 09/27/06
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Loc: Texas
I have been using climbing and ladder stands since the 70s, tripods since early 90s and strap on stands about 10 years.

OP the cedar makes a great place for a tripod just wish I had one where I need it on my lease. Great cover and cover scent.
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#5935693 - 09/18/15 09:49 PM Re: Tripods - the new age bow stand for Texas? [Re: Mavric]
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Yep, great in east TX with all the yaupon.
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#5937519 - 09/20/15 02:44 PM Re: Tripods - the new age bow stand for Texas? [Re: Mavric]
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I have several of the 16' tripods and they work extremely well. I also use ladder stands. I have tons of trees but very few that are large enough and in the right place for hanging stands.
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#5938686 - 09/21/15 08:46 AM Re: Tripods - the new age bow stand for Texas? [Re: Mavric]
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I have a bunch I need to get rid of. We don't allow hunters to use them on our place anymore. But they are effective when set up in the right spot. Personally I prefer hunting from one of those over a climber/clamp-on type stand or even a ladder stand. If you get 12' up or so and into some tall cedars they work very well.
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#5941562 - 09/22/15 06:34 PM Re: Tripods - the new age bow stand for Texas? [Re: Mavric]
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Originally Posted By: Mavric
I've been bow hunting for 10+ years in texas....over the years I've used clamp ons and ladder stands but its always been a challenge to get high enough, right direction for the prevailing wind (ie the perfect tree), cover, you name it. With my clamp-on stands I've been busted twice by bucks....hawgs actually would look up in my direction before walking to the feeder.

About two seasons ago I picked up a tripod and tucked it into a big juniper. From my perspective wow what a difference!!! It's almost impossible to get busted and seems like the perfect stand for Texas bow hunting. I've got my tripods so well concealed you can't even see the legs from the trail. Last year I took a super nice 8....he literally stood underneath my tripod on the trail for a 1 or 2 mins then slowly walked to the perfect broadside shot. Just wanted to hear from other bow hunters if they have converted...


I've been busted twice by a doe while hunting from a 15ft ladder stand. The doe sees the ladder and her eyes follow all the way to the top where I'm sitting.

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#5942547 - 09/23/15 10:17 AM Re: Tripods - the new age bow stand for Texas? [Re: Mavric]
TiggerV Offline
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Registered: 07/08/15
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Out in West Texas where we hunt, none of the trees are tall enough / straight enough for ladder or strap on stands. Nothing but oak and mesquite. We use 6-10 ft tripods and stuff them deep into a tree to break up the silhouette.

I'd love one of those strap on tree stands cuz the are so COOL, but everytime I look at them, and start to open my wallet, a little voice says "Where are you going to hang that?".....And I still dont have one

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#5944332 - 09/24/15 10:55 AM Re: Tripods - the new age bow stand for Texas? [Re: Mavric]
TAFFMASTER Offline
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Registered: 11/25/11
Posts: 172
Loc: Tyler, TX
Tripods are the only way to go

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#5945089 - 09/24/15 06:35 PM Re: Tripods - the new age bow stand for Texas? [Re: Mavric]
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Registered: 06/15/12
Posts: 226
Loc: Forney
Tripods for me. I hunt public land and not many people hunting out in the cedars. Everyone in the big timber. I don't have to worry about them hunting in the fields where I put my tripods.

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