How to Set Up a Stand for a Youth Hunter

By Brodie SwisherAugust 9, 2021

Part of a boy’s bowhunting journey will sooner or later lead to a desire to hunt on his own for the first time. It’s a bittersweet milestone that’ll come whether we’re ready or not. And when the time comes, we need to make sure we’re prepared to take the steps to help our child hunt as safe as possible every time they step into the woods.

BHOD staffer, Tommy Alford, recently took his son, Jack, out to their family farm in Wisconsin to get a stand set up for him. Jack wants to hunt by himself for the first time this year, so Tommy gives us some tips on how to set up a stand for a youth hunter as they get things set up for Jack. 

Check it out in the video below…

As mentioned in the video above, setting up a stand for a young hunter is much like what you’d set up for an adult. However, there are a few things to keep in mind to help tip the odds for success in your child’s favor.

Don’t forget the basics. Keep the stand close. Set the stand in such a way that it forces deer to walk within 15 yards of the stand. Avoid going with a skyscraper stand for their first sit. A stand set 10′-12′ high in suitable cover is ideal.

Don’t forget the Lifeline! Make sure your child’s stand features a Lifeline to ensure they are anchored from the moment they leave the ground. 

Always remember, keep it safe. A safe set is of the utmost importance. Keep it safe, keep it fun, and the success soon will follow

Brodie Swisher
Brodie Swisher is a world champion game caller, outdoor writer, seminar speaker and Editor for Bowhunting.com. Brodie and his family live in the Kentucky Lake area of west Tennessee.
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