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#5955356 - 09/30/15 09:01 PM Tower of Death
MartyN Offline
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Registered: 09/21/13
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Loc: Celina, TX
Hey guys, I joined a new lease last year and put my 4x6 blind on a 16' tower that was available on the property. Love the view, but coming up on birthday 55 and feeling like I need to come up with some sort of safety harness. The ladder is vertical, and I usually have a backpack and my rifle slung over my shoulder (unloaded). When I get to the blind I have to hang on with my left hand while I reach up to open the door with my right, then duck as the door swings open. Not a good situation. Also, that first backwards step out of the blind to come down is not ideal.

I know there are safety harnesses for tree stands. Would one of those work? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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#5955362 - 09/30/15 09:03 PM Re: Tower of Death [Re: MartyN]
stxranchman Offline
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Get you a rope to pull up your backpack and rifle that you leave tied up there permantly. I would look at getting an angle ladder or staircase for it.
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#5955365 - 09/30/15 09:04 PM Re: Tower of Death [Re: MartyN]
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Tower climbers have harnesses used on vertical steel ladders.

I would also use a rope to pull my gun and pack up.
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#5955374 - 09/30/15 09:09 PM Re: Tower of Death [Re: MartyN]
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Def a rope to pull your gear up. I put in a sliding door on the new blind I just made. Aluminum tracks from Home Depot and a few spare shielded ball bearings from work.
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#5955398 - 09/30/15 09:19 PM Re: Tower of Death [Re: MartyN]
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I would think about some stairs.
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#5955417 - 09/30/15 09:30 PM Re: Tower of Death [Re: MartyN]
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Registered: 01/06/10
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I have the same thing at 10'. Was ok 15 years ago. The solution for me may be adding two post and a platform at about 7' from where I can stand and reach the latch to open the door...

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#5955422 - 09/30/15 09:32 PM Re: Tower of Death [Re: swmays]
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Originally Posted By: swmays
I have the same thing at 10'. Was ok 15 years ago. The solution for me may be adding two post and a platform at about 7' from where I can stand and reach the latch to open the door...

This ^^^^^^^^ If you think getting in and out is difficult today, wait till it is cold and you are stiff from sitting for hours one morning/evening and try to get out.
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#5955440 - 09/30/15 09:39 PM Re: Tower of Death [Re: MartyN]
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Sir, I'd recommend a safety harness with a pick off strap. Pick off strap is a smaller webbing strap that attaches to your harness via a carbiner. You can lock in before climbing into the blind and coming down out of it. You can also lock in every couple of rungs going up and down the ladder of the blind.
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#5955466 - 09/30/15 10:00 PM Re: Tower of Death [Re: MartyN]
MartyN Offline
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Registered: 09/21/13
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Loc: Celina, TX
thanks guys, I just ordered a harness, lifeline, and tow strap from Hunter Safety Harness. Looks like just what I need.
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#5955476 - 09/30/15 10:09 PM Re: Tower of Death [Re: blazin]
JDPoulsen Offline
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Registered: 11/05/06
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I second the safety harness idea. The Tower of Death reminded me of my father in laws Deer Stand he hunted out of over 30 years ago. It was over twenty feet off the ground in a Power Line Tower. My father in law would climb up on bolts staggered up one corner and when he got up as high as the stand, he had to walk across the length of one side to get into the stand. He did not use a rope to get his rifle up there. He held it in one hand and climbed up. He hunted for years out of this stand even climbing it when it was glazed over with ice. He killed some good bucks out of the stand. The Power Company would take it down and he would get his ropes and pulley and put it back up. We finally convinced him to quit hunting out of it.


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#5955549 - 09/30/15 11:05 PM Re: Tower of Death [Re: MartyN]
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Registered: 11/21/09
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Please be safe. Great job ordering the harness and I too would be using a rope to pull up and drop your gun and pack. You have way to many people that live and care about u to fall and get injured or die doing something like that. Good luck this season and God bless!

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#5955907 - 10/01/15 09:23 AM Re: Tower of Death [Re: MartyN]
JDPoulsen Offline
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When my father in law was a young kid, he and his older brother decided it would be fun to climb the town Water Tower. Their Mama was washing dishes and looked out the kitchen window and saw two of her boys walking around on the roof of the Water Tower. She went out on the back porch and hollered for them to get down. When their Dad got home from work he made sure they never scared their mother like that again. I bet they couldn't sit down for a week!


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#5955933 - 10/01/15 09:40 AM Re: Tower of Death [Re: MartyN]
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This is what we did. This stand is only 10 or 12 foot tall but the porch is nice!
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#5955959 - 10/01/15 09:56 AM Re: Tower of Death [Re: redchevy]
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Originally Posted By: redchevy
This is what we did. This stand is only 10 or 12 foot tall but the porch is nice!


That's pretty much what I went with. I built the base 4x8 and the stand is 4x6, so I have a 2' porch to get on before worrying about the door. And the door swings in...but it's much more comfortable to have that small porch section to stand on
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#5955971 - 10/01/15 10:06 AM Re: Tower of Death [Re: MartyN]
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Hunted a buddies place a couple times they have a 25 foot tall tower with straight ladder with rungs about 1.5 to 2 foot apart. I don't like that stand. It feels like FOREVER till you get to that top rung when climbing down!
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