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Armchair Whitetail Scouting

by Steve Flores 21. March 2011 13:16
Steve Flores

Flying under the whitetail radar, while effectively locating your next trophy from the comfort of your own home, is actually easier than it sounds using these three steps.

Record Books
They may not have the glitz and glamour compared to other methods used to uncover whitetail hotspots, but don’t kid yourself regarding their value.  If properly utilized, record books are the next best thing to someone actually telling you where the whitetail hotspots are located.  You see, most individuals are reluctant to reveal their exact whereabouts when they experience any type of consistent success; especially when hunting on public land, and without a doubt if the animal is of Pope and Young caliber.  However, upon entering their trophy into the record books, they must at least divulge the general area of the harvest.  And that is where this entire process begins. 

Another good source of information is your local taxidermist. They are witness to a large variety of bucks and usually know the exact details of the kill. (i.e. harvest data: time, date, location)

Searching through the most recent edition of P&Y records will ultimately tell you (among other things), where the best bucks is being taken.  Finding a hotspot is as easy as calculating the total number of entries for any given county within the state you are researching.  Obviously, when you find a county that is consistently producing a high number of record class bucks, then that is where you will most likely want to concentrate your efforts.

Topo Maps
When using the lay of the land as a guide for stand placement, whether you’re in an entirely new spot or on very familiar hunting ground, the first thing you need to do is realize there are 2 types of terrain features….Positive and Negative.  Both will influence deer movement.  Your job is to utilize the clues found on your topo map to determine which types your area holds and how the deer are going to respond to them.  Then, act accordingly.

 

Don’t dismiss the amount of information contained in a topo map. Take your time and study one of your area before actually walking in on foot to further investigate.

When looking at your map, try to find negative terrain features that funnel deer movement into a pinch point.  For example, a small drain possessing steep side-hills that eventually turn into gradual slopes near the top is an excellent illustration of how negative terrain can funnel and influence deer movement.  Ideally, any deer moving through the area will most likely cross near the top, where the slope is not as radical.  An actual observation of the land should reveal heavy trails at the top which will coincide with the “widely spaced” contour lines from your topo map. For the most part deer are lazy and will often take the path of least resistance; as long as it provides them with the safety needed to get from point A to point B. Use this behavior to your advantage when thinking about possible stand locations.

Positive terrain features on the other hand will include, but not limit themselves to: ridge-top saddles, shallow creek crossings, overgrown logging roads, bench flats, and/or gradually sloping hollows.  In the past, I have set up in saddles discovered using only a topo map and long range observation, and struck pay-dirt my first time in the stand; mainly due to a bucks tendency to use a low lying saddle when crossing over a ridge in order to prevent sky-lining himself. 

Scouting Cameras
You should already have a good idea about where you are going to hang your camera based on the info (lay of the land) gathered from your maps.  Within that chosen area, consider setting up your camera near recently discovered “pinch points”.  Ideally, you’ll want to be set up in high traffic areas; somewhere near bedding/feeding locations or along the transition routes in between. However, if you are unfamiliar with the locale, it may take a little more investigating to discover such places.

 

Scouting cameras are your eyes when you are not there. Set them up in the right locations and they can pay off in a big way.

  Not only can game cameras reveal travel patterns of target bucks known to frequent your area, they can also provide evidence of NEW bucks that have moved in for any number of reasons. 

While conducting your search, look for heavily used trails leading to pinch points that choke deer movement into a confined area; increasing the likelihood that you will capture useful images.  Remember though, that the overall goal is to remain under the whitetails radar, so try to conduct your camera hanging/scouting before the season starts.  Also, do your best to get the camera location right the first time in order to avoid disturbing the area any more than what is absolutely necessary.  If you have thoroughly studied your maps, it shouldn’t be a problem.

Finding a good location to hang your treestand will be much easier having followed these three tips......

and the rewards will be well worth it!

Conclusion
Locating your next trophy without tipping your hand can be difficult to say the least.  However, with a little more homework, and a lot less footwork, you can accomplish far more than you thought possible.  Remember to utilize the information found in record books and harvest reports to get you headed in the right direction.  Then, obtain a topographic map of the area and study it as if your life depended on it. Lastly, go in and hang a scouting camera based on positive and negative terrain features and see if your hunch was right.  My bet is you will be going back very soon to hang a stand. Good luck and God Bless!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW Gorilla Silverback Stealth HX Climber.

by Bow Staff 27. January 2011 02:44
Bow Staff

GORILLA HELPS HUNTERS GO LIGHTER
The New Silverback Stealth HX Climber, Gorilla’s Lightest Climbing Treestand.

FLUSHING, Michigan – Gorilla Inc. a leading manufacturer of performance treestands and accessories announces the introduction of the new Silverback Stealth HX Climber. This aluminum constructed treestand features patented Gorilla Grip™ pivoting arms that can scale any tree 8”- 22” in diameter. Gorilla continues to redefine innovation with the addition of the Stealth HX Climber to its award winning line of treestands.
 
Weighing in at just over 20 pounds, the ultra-light aluminum Silverback Stealth
HX is Gorilla’s lightest climbing treestand. Features include patented Gorilla Grip™ pivoting arms that form to trees 8" to 22" in diameter, matched with high-density foam climbing bars and arms to provide safety and versatility. The XPE zero-G™ dual-density seat and backrest offer all-day comfort, and the fully adjustable padded backpack straps make transportation a breeze.

The new Stealth Silverback HX Climber incorporates design features that distinguish Gorilla® craftsmanship.  Features such as:

• An oversized, lightweight aluminum HX construction platform
• Traxion™ slip resistant coating
• Gorilla Grip™ pivoting arms – perfect for any tree ranging from 8” to 22” in diameter
• XPE Zero-G™ dual density foam seat for all day comfort
• XT-6™ red nylon bushings and washers for silent operation.
• High Density Foam (HDF) padded climbing bar and upper bars
• Stirrup climbing straps
• Mossy Oak® Treestand® camo
• Fully adjustable padded backpack straps

Silverback Stealth HX Climber Suggested Retail:  $249.99

About Gorilla Inc.
Gorilla Inc. is an award-winning manufacturer of high performance treestands and accessories for hunters who demand comfort, strength and stealth.  For more information on the Silverback Stealth HX Climber, check them out on the web.

 

Categories: Current News

Treestand Safety; Always an Important Message.

by Bow Staff 27. September 2010 14:10
Bow Staff

As October quickly gathers us all back into our favorite woodlots across the country, the following story is a harsh reminder of the dangers that can exist whenever we enjoy this passion called hunting. This story is true, it was sent to us by one of our readers and intended to help save lives. The names have been altered to protect the author, but he reminds us all of just how careful we need to be while in our favorite places this fall. Please read.

"I still have dreams once in a while about my accident, not really dramatic dreams, but just dreams about the accident and the fall, over and over again". -from the author.

On November 4th, I was bow hunting with my good friend Steve. We had hunted the morning and then decided to change stand locations and move during the mid morning. I picked out a tree and started up that tree in my climbing tree stand. I climbed to about 28 feet and set my stand. I was reaching into my pocket to get out my safety strap and secure myself to the tree. But before I did that, I decided that I wanted to move my stand around the tree a little, just a slight shift to get a better angle on the deer. While doing this I did not secure the top part of my stand completely and it jerked just a little, and just enough to knock me off my stand and send me backwards 28 feet to the ground. I remember everything, the fall, the realization that something was wrong, and the PAIN. It was SEVERE, like nothing I had ever felt.

I remember my friend, Steve, came running over to me and calmed me down the best he could. He knew I was in trouble and hurting bad. He calmly called 911 and then explained to me he had to get to a road to direct emergency personnel to me. When Steve left I kind of panicked. I started yelling for help, not sure why I guess, because I knew help was coming, I guess I was crying out because I knew I was paralyzed and I was just asking GOD to help me. That part was and is still really hard to think or talk about. The feelings I had at that point are very real and very hard to explain, but I just felt so helpless, because I knew what was wrong, but I could do nothing about it. It was really tough. In those few short minutes while Steve went and directed the emergency personnel I drifted in and out of consciousness, not really dreaming or anything like that, more of just trying to imagine it never happened and I would wake up and would be dreaming. I wasn't.

Some time later, Steve and the emergency personnel came to my aid. There was a mixture of talking and questions, and all just seemed like muttering to me. I understood what was going on and was aware of what was happening, but I just remember it all like muttering. They took wonderful care of me from the very moment they arrived, they almost all knew me, some were neighbors and some were customers at my store, which helped a lot. I did not want to be saved at that point actually as the pain was so unbearable. I asked them to just shoot me! I know that sounds pretty morbid, but at the time all I could think of was of not being able to move for the rest of my life and I was scared.

It was pretty hard to comprehend what was going on, and to talk about that is even harder. What was I thinking? I'm not sure, but my mind was not thinking right. I remember hearing them say we need to get a Life Flight called in, and I knew I was in real trouble then. The emergency people lifted me onto a hoist and pulled me probably 300 yards through pretty deep underbrush. I am sure I was heavy, but they never tripped or even hit a bump, they did great. The helicopter noise was very loud, it was all I could hear, it seemed like it was right on top of me. I will never forget that sound for the rest of my life. I was quickly loaded onto the helicopter and I remember the nurses onboard asking me a bunch of questions and sticking needles into me. At one point I remember telling them that I could not breathe at all, at that point they realized that my lung had collapsed and one nurse said this is gonna hurt and they cut my right side under my armpit. I remember thinking that really was not that bad, and just then, they shoved a tube into that cut and guided it down to my lung. I have never in my life ever felt that kind of pain! I hope I never do. Of all the pains and sensations I had during my whole ordeal that pain of that tube going into my chest was the worst pain I have ever felt.. period! I could breathe much better but it still hurt badly.

Once we got to Iowa City I was greeted by my wife, my mother and father in law, and Steve's wife. My wife was a wreck I knew, but she kept her cool in front of me as I was falling apart and really thought my life was over. At that point I went into surgery for 7 ½ hours. Thankfully the best back surgeon in Iowa City was there to perform my surgery, and he did an amazing job. I was then put in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. I was pretty much out of it, but still aware of what had happened. I received the best care in that unit I could ever hope for. In fact, one of my nurses was a girl named Heidi and I actually knew her father Joe very well, she was awesome, and very caring. I knew I was in great hands from then on.

After some time I was transferred to the neurology unit where I just laid in a bed to heal. I did not like that part at all, except for all the visitors, there were a ton and it was awesome. I spent 7 short days in Iowa City, before they sent me to physical therapy. At that point I went to Great River Medical Center for my Rehabilitation. From that time on was just fantastic and I miss those nurses who helped me so much, think about them everyday and what they did for me and my family.

The author of this painful reminder suffered broken vertebrae at the T-8/9 level, or about halfway up his back. With just a few fibers left connecting his spinal cord at the level of the injury, it will render him paralyzed from an inch above the belly button all the way down to his feet. All of this and some lung capacity issues as well. The surgeons had to insert 2 steel rods in the authors  back on both sides of his spine, for stability reasons, and another 4 screws in 4 vertebras as well.

The spinal injury our author suffered through is severe and likely permanent. Although he may never be able to walk again, but only time will tell.

The staff here at BowHunting.Com reminds everyone just how important it is to be safe at all times while in the woods this autumn. Always wear your safety harness, hunt with a friend whenever possible, and tell your loved ones where you will be and when you will return. Accidents happen, so the best defense is prevention. Stay safe this season, and good luck!

 

Categories: Bowhunting Blogs

Tax on Treestands!

by Bow Staff 2. August 2010 17:05
Bow Staff

Big Brother is watching all hunters!

Minnesota hunter, Jeff Hardy, is your typical northwoods rifle hunter. On the 40 acres he hunts in this state’s Morrison County, he has one of those small mobile homes up in a tree he calls a ‘stand’. It’s about 8x16 feet, and complete with vinyl siding. Cause let’s face it, you have to protect your wood... right?

When Hardy first constructed this treetstand, he needed no permits because no planning and zoning ordinances were violated. That was then, welcome to the world according to the democrats Mr. Hardy. Enjoy!

The county tax office now wants him to pay taxes on his treestand! Claiming because it’s more elaborate than a typical treestand, they can do it too. It’s not a lot of dough, roughly about $40 per year.

When any county figures property taxes, it attempts to value items based on how they would sell in a fair marketplace. “The bottom line is whether they contribute value to the property”, Morrison county tax assessor Gale Zimmerman said.

"There isn't anything that says deer stands are exempt from being taxed," Zimmerman continued. "But they don't necessarily add value. I have seen a number of deer stands and they are usually just used for deer stands and they are really not suitable for anything else."

So let the readers here at Bowhunting.Com try and understand this one. The county assesses taxes based off how valuable they believe an item is, and yet the tax assessor so clearly states items don’t necessarily have to add value. So we’re all wondering why he’s being taxed then? In fact, we think the Morrison county tax assessor should likely credit Mr. Hardy. After all, someday he’ll have to sell that property and pay someone to cut the monstrosity down!

The staff here at Bowhunting.Com would like to extend a huge congratulations to the Morrison County Tax offices on making us all look better as employees. If our beloved owner knew we were wasting this much time over $40 a year he’d likely fire us all. We’re sure the taxpaying citizens who elect you are grateful in your attempts to collect these invaluable monies. Morrison County, Minnesota, tax officials, we salute you!

 

Categories: Bowhunting Blogs

Bowhunter's Marry in Treestand!

by Bow Staff 1. July 2010 03:54
Bow Staff

The staff here at Bowhunting.Com can think of a lot of things to do while on stand waiting for Mister Big to stroll by. Among our most favorite are playing video games, practicing card tricks, and polishing our knife collections. The couple highlighted below however, may have just one-upped us all!

Meet 42 year old Kim Silver and, get this, 61 year old Marvin Hunter of Iowa. Yeah, that’s his real last name, we swear. While dressed in their finest camouflage and elevated in a tree stand they tied the knot this past June.

Kim’s camouflage fatigues were even made of silk, specially made by the good folks at Mossy Oak. Marvin sported your classic shirt and pants combo which appears to be of Realtree descent. Furthering the rift we believe might exist between Toxey Haas and Marvin.

Rumor has it that Kim and her new hubby even stalled the ceremony on several occasions to fling some shaft. Then we’re pretty sure they left on their honeymoon to exclusively fling some shaft.

Bowhunting.Com would like to send out a HUGE congratulation to the new couple! We hope you have many more seasons of bliss in both the home and woods to follow.

And you thought you were hardcore.

 

Categories: Bowhunting Blogs

Mobile Hunter's; NEW Boss Lite Packable Combo may be Your Best Bet!

by Bow Staff 21. June 2010 13:09
Bow Staff

Mobile hunters looking for a less expensive way to travel back to that secret spot may just want to take a closer look at what the good people at Big Game Treestands have created- Introducing the NEW Boss Lite Packable Combo, a stick and stand combo sure to end up on your next wish list.

The Boss Lite Packable Combo comes complete with a fixed position treestand, a three-pack of Stagger Steps, a Multi Hanger, Lift Cord, and even backpack straps all for around $130! The 15-pound stand features a 20x27-inch steel foot platform and a 14x8-inch flip-up seat complete with a comfortable 2-inch cushion!

The Stagger Steps make climbing any tree a breeze. Each section measures 31-inches tall while weighing in at just four-pounds. Using a cam buckle and straps each section is capable of holding 300-pounds (the same weight limit as the stand).

The Multi-Hanger screws into any tree, while the 20-foot Lift Cord makes lifting any gear quick and painless.

To check out more of what this stand has to offer please visit the Big Game Treestands website.

 

 

Millenium M1 Climbing Treestand-NEW for 2010.

by Bow Staff 30. April 2010 14:03
Bow Staff

Millennium M1 Climbing Tree Stand

Millennium's M1 Climber is designed for hunters who like to move with their prey. The lightweight and ergonomic climber folds flat for backpacking making it the perfect option for the run and gun hunter who wants to slip silently into thick cover undetected.

The M1 is not only quiet, but it's easy to set up in even the hardest-to-reach hot spots. The M1's cables easily and safely attach with no pins or knobs, and Millennium's sure grip teeth and platform stabilizing straps provide you with a safe, worry-free hunt. The ComforTech seat is not only comfortable during long sits, but it folds up to give you room for a standing shot when necessary. To top it off, the all-aluminum construction and a durable powder-coat finish helps the M1 stand up to all that Mother Nature can dish out.

Features:
•         Seat folds against the tree
•         TMA certified full-body harness
•         TMA certified climber
•         Lifetime warranty
Specifications:
•         Material: Aluminum
•         Capacity: 300 lbs
•         Weight: 26 lbs
•         Platform Size: w 19" D 36"
•         Seat size: W 20" D 17"

For more info, check out the millennium stands website.

 

Lone Wolf Sit & Climb Review.

by Scott Abbott 8. May 2009 13:22
Scott Abbott

After arriving home with the new stand, the very first thing I did after opening the box was weigh the stand to see if their advertised weight matched my scale. According to my scale, the stand weighed 19 pounds rather than the 18 they claim. May be my scale.... May not be? To close to tell and not enough difference to worry about anyhow.

First impressions.... There was paint finish rubbed raw in a few places straight out of the box on the platforms section... Not excessively bad but ware none-the-less. The factory seat I did not really care for, it just wasn't very comfortable to me.   I also did not care for the low back of the seat.... So, before going any further I decided to swap the LW seat out with a new Summit replacement seat.  This was a tremendous upgrade in comfort to me.  The next upgrade was adding the Lone Wolf foot rests to the stand and padded backpack straps from Gray Wolf Woolens (backpack straps not pictured).

This photo shows the stand in the backpack configuration with the modifications I did to it, including a set of Lone Wolf foot rests and the new Summit seat.

Side view with the stand folded down into the pack position. It folds down rather nice. I was actually really surprised how well the stand packed and balanced on my back.... I would give the balance and pack-ability of the stand a 10 out of 10!

Front view of the stand attached to the tree including the extra Lone Wolf foot rests. The foot rests are a solid addition and definitely worth the $20 and 5-10 minutes to install them. They will really help relieve pressure on the back of your legs.

A view of the cam buckles and traction belt on the platform. They are both very silent and easy to use, much more so than the set up on my Summit Cobra XLS. My Summit does however have more cable length than the Lone Wolf allowing me to climb larger diameter trees... As pictured this climber has it's traction belts out to the maximum safety zone.

Here is a close up of the platforms "teeth" section on a Red Oak.

Front view of the climbing portion including the new Summit seat. Looks comfy doesn't it.... That's because it is!

A view of the climbing portions framing, cam buckle and traction belt. I will say the folding sections of this stand can be a PITA until you get used to it... They like to bind up if you are not careful while folding the sections flat for backpacking or unfolding for use.  After a few uses though it is a piece of cake.

 

Overall impressions... With the modifications the stand is very comfortable for long sits and still lightweight..... The platform is very silent which was one of the key selling features for me. The stock backpack straps are acceptable but as I mentioned earlier, I upgraded to a padded set from Gray Wolf Woolens for the long walks in.

The Sit & Climb backpacks and balances like a dream... MUCH better than any climbing stand I have ever used... Really no contest in my opinion. The stand feels considerably lighter than it is because of how high and tight it rides on your back.  This is the stands best attribute and as I said earlier, I have never packed any climber that can rival this ones comfort.

My biggest complaint out of the box is the shortness of the traction belts.... I did however purchase a set of Lone Wolf's XL traction belts to give me a little more room to play on the larger trees.   I feel this is an unreasonable expense to have to upgrade, the stand should come standard with the longer belts.

Even with the modifications (adding the new seat, padded back pack straps, XL traction belts and foot rests) the stand still only weighs 19 pounds and that is excellent considering it is now as comfortable as my old Summit but much more silent and backpacks considerably better.

Overall, out of the box I think it is a good stand with tons of potential to be a great stand..... With some extra money (on top of an expensive stand to start with) a little bit of work and time I made it into my ideal climbing treestand.... Silent, comfortable and lightweight.

 

Unique Products from Cottonwood Outdoors

by John Mueller 16. January 2009 13:53
John MuellerUnique Products from Cottonwood Outdoors 

Cottonwood Outdoors has really neat and innovative products for archers. Everything from weatherproof tree stand covers to trail camera stands to bow cases. But what really caught my eye at their booth was their line of replacement tree stand seats.

 

I guess the main reason I noticed the replacement seats, is I am in need of one for my API Climber. The old foam just isn’t what it used to be as far as comfort goes. These seats are made of waterproof material and the seams are completely sealed. Meaning even if your stand is out in a downpour, the seat will be nice and dry when you get there. The foam that is used has a good memory and bounces right back after getting out of the seat. They attach to your stands frame with a fully adjustable quick release buckle system and have a padded backrest that attaches to the tree with a snap buckle.

 

There are 4 models to choose from in the lineup.

The Standard Model fits most open front and smaller frame stands and retails for $69.95.

 

The Standard is basically what is on your stand now.

 

 

The Reversible Model allows the hunter to face the tree or face away from the tree in just about any stand with a shooting rail and retails for $79.95.

The Magnum Model is 1” deeper in the base cushion and 1” wider in the backrest. It also has 3 connecting straps instead of the 2 the other models have and retails for $79.95.

The Magnum has a deeper seat and wider backrest

 

 

The Supreme Model has accessory storage in the headrest, dual water bottle storage in the rear, hand warmer holders in the kidney area and retails for $99.95.

 

 

The Supreme is the Caddy of the lineup with extra pouches and handwarmer pockets.

 

These replacement seats seem to be of much better quality than the original seats on most stands, making those long sits much more comfortable. They also sell replacements for your padded gun rails and armrests; along with add on accessory pouches. Check them out at www.cottonwoodoutdoors.com   

 
Categories: Pro Staff

New Lone Wolf Sit and Climb Seat Review

by Scott Abbott 19. September 2008 14:44
Scott Abbott

I must say, the padded seats that used to come with the Lone Wolf Sit and Climb are perhaps the most uncomfortable seat on a climbing tree stand I have sat in for years....  The thin nylon straps underneath the old seat dug into the back of my legs through the rather thin padding of the seat cushion in no time making an other wise pleasing sit, not so pleasurable.


Installed on all 2008 and newer Lone Wolf stands is their improved seat cushion design.  It is a HUGE step above the old offering.   The seat is firm rather than soft.  It is also acceptable for a lengthy sit, but still not as cush and comfortable as a Summit seat.

 

 


A head on view of the new seat.  As it looks, it is firm and not as soft as the Summit seats, but is not near as bulky or heavy as the Summit seats either. 

 

 


 A view looking down on the seat.

 


You can see how the nylon straps attach to the climbing portion of the stand.  You just thread the straps through the plastic buckles and slide them up or down to adjust the seat to your desired height.  If you like your seat to sit high, you may want to trim the excess straps length off as they are rather long.

 


The seats strap is nylon with a plastic buckle closure which I seem to like better than the bungee cord with metal hooks like the Summit replaceable seat.  The metal hooks would always catch on things and I would seem to make unwanted noise with them at times as well.

Final words, the seat is not as comfortable for an all day sit as the Summit seats are, but is lighter, less bulky and packs better.  It also lacks the metal hooks which I did not care for on the Summit seat I had on here previously.

To me it is give and take.... I think I am willing to give the extra comfort of the Summit seat for the benefits of this slimmer, less bulky design.

Let's Be Careful Out There

by John Mueller 3. September 2008 14:05
John Mueller

As we are all getting ready for the upcoming season and making last minute preparations to our stands. Please remember to be careful out there.

I found out the hard way how fast an accident can happen. I was trimming a path, with a brushcutter attachment on my weedwacker, from a field to my stand sight. Some of the brush I had cut loose got wrapped around the handle. So I reached down to pull it loose. When I gave it a yank the spinning blade sliced into my hand between my thumb and index finger.A trip to the ER and 14 stitches later I am thankful that that the injury wasn't any worse. I could have lost a finger or my whole hand in the blink of an eye. It happened so fast I still am not sure exactly how the blade came into contact with my hand.

OUCH, THAT HURT!!

 

The brush cutting blade makes fast work clearing shooting lanes of small trees and brush on the ground. Just remember to use it safely. After I am finished with the lower obstructions, I use my telescoping limb saw to take down the higher branches. Once I have the shooting lanes cleared from the ground, I climb into my stand and attach my safety harness to the tree. Never do this without being attached to the tree with an approved safety harness. I recently picked up a Hunter Safety System Vest. They are the best system I have found yet. Then I use my telescoping limb saw to remove any branches around my stand that might interfere with the arrows flight. If possible bring a friend along so you can have them trim from the ground as you are in the stand spotting branches that are in the way.

Please everyone, remember to this job in a safe way!! You don't want to miss opening day because of an injury.

Lone Wolf Upgrades....

by Todd Graf 1. September 2008 06:10
Todd Graf

Many of you are probably a lot like me and have purchased several Lone Wolf treestands over the years. Most good companies are always trying to make their products better and Lone wolf is one of those companies that that has done just that. I recently ordered some new seats for all of my old stands, and started replacing them this weekend. I highly suggest making this upgrade as the newer seats are a lot more comfortable, and they added a micro seat adjustment which allows you to have some additional leveling adjustments when you're sitting in a crooked tree.  This can make your wait as enjoyable as possible because we all know that having an uncomfortable stand stinks! While I was changing the seat I also went ahead and changed out the V-bracket to the new offset bat looking bracket (see the photos) I like the new bat bracket better as I think it grips better to trees and allows for some additional opportunities to hang your stand in crooked trees and still have a level seat and platform. We will be carrying most of the Lone Wolf products here at Bowhunting.com and we can get any parts for these stands that you may need. So just let us know if you're looking for something.

 

This photo shows the old Lone Wolf seat and V-Bracket.  Needless to say, it needed attention!

 

Close-up of the V-Bracket after I removed it. I keep these just in case I need to replace one on my climbing sticks.

  

You must add this plastic piece, all you have to do is place it in the hole and hit with a hammer and it snaps in. This keeps the adjustment screw from making noise when you put the seat down.

New seat and bat bracket replacement parts have been added. This stand is ready to go!

 
Close-up shot of Batwing bracket and seat installed.

We're getting closer to the season, I cant wait!

 




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