There’s Always Room for Improvement
The off-season is the best time to get treestand work done. Why? Because of pressure. Hang most of your treestands now and you don’t have to worry about the pressure it puts on deer. Wait until late summer or early fall and that’s a whole different ball game. But regardless of when you take care of your treestands, there’s always ways to improve them.
1 | Create Good Entry and Exit Cover
Having a good entry and exit route is extremely important. Have way in and a way out that won’t spook deer. To do this, use cover and terrain to hide from prying eyes, ears and noses of whitetails. Using ditches, ravines, creeks, hills and other physical barriers to slip away from deer is another. Your favorite stand will be so for much longer if you find a way in and out that doesn’t spook deer.
2 | Add Felt Strips or Cloth Along Noisy Contact Points
I always try to make sure my treestands are quiet. If they aren’t, they get worked on. Adding felt or some other cushion to noisy contact points could just save your hunts. Plus, it’ll give you more confidence during that moment when deer are walking into range. And we all like confidence.