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Deer Hunting: 
My first
                        hunt for deer!
2014 - 2015
My second
                        deer season
2015 - 2016
My third
                        deer season
2016 - 2017
                        fourth deer season
2017 - 2018

My second ladder tree stand in Roanoke

For the 2017-2018 deer season

The tree stand will cover the northern end of the pine grove.
It will view the turkey trail where so many deer have crossed.

BassPro warehouse
customer pick-up
February 14, 2017

Mainstream Holdings, who owns Muddy Outdoors, also owns
Big Game
Treestands, Eyecon trail cameras, and the Xecute brand of scent control products.Purchased for $169 at BassPro

The Nova 1700
The Nova
The warehouse guy told me that he warned
a friend about this one being the last
This is model # MLS1700 (The Nova) I purchased at Bass Pro for $169
(last one on the clearance pile)
"The Nova" is 16' high at the shooting rail and supports 300lbs.
It has a flip-up seat, vinyl spacer washers to prevent squeaking,
cushioned arm rests, a wide ladder, a deep platform, and a foot rest.

The future spot of my second ladder tree
                      stand in Alabama
American Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua)

Due to the prevalence of deer appearing on my trail camera at the intersection of the northwest passage and the turkey trail, I decided to place my next stand nearby.

The growth was very heavy near the base, and I spent many hours across four separate trips out to Alabama just to clear a path to the tree.

Here, you can see where I will be monitoring as the trail camera also monitors
activity in this direction.  This site was the first known scrape by a buck as captured on video. 

This tree is just off the northwest passage (a cleared trail that circles around to the north of pine grove) which goes from an elevated field to the west of the old cedar barn and house.  The path is relatively easy to drive.
I never even knew that this was a sweetgum
until the leaves came out in the spring!

PROCESS of building the LADDER STAND:
Tim and I began assembly inside the huntin' shack.
The temperature outside went from about a cool 58˚F to a comfortable 73˚F outside.
We took the stand around the northwest passage to the turkey trail where the tree feeder is.

9:41 a.m. CDT May 7, 2017
Assembly begins
10:18 a.m. CDT May 7, 2017
Attaching top of ladder to platform
10:24 a.m. CDT May 7, 2017
Spreading out parts and tools
11:03 a.m. CDT May 7, 2017
Rifle rest stops are added

11:03 a.m. CDT May 7, 2017
Back end view, bark biter down
Around noon CDT May 7, 2017
Tim got this photo; two-man job here
12:14 p.m. CDT May 7, 2017
Platform and seat portions completed
12:39 p.m. CDT May 7, 2017
Loading up truck to take out to woods

12:39 p.m. CDT May 7, 2017
Tim getting weed whacker & pole saw
12:49 p.m. CDT May 7, 2017
View outward from close to target tree
12:50 p.m. CDT May 7, 2017
View of tree from turkey trail
1:11 p.m. CDT May 7, 2017
Tim attaches winch

1:12 p.m. CDT May 7, 2017
About to winch stand up to tree
1:53 p.m. CDT May 7, 2017
After getting mid support bar installed
1:53 p.m. CDT May 7, 2017
Before rotating counter-clockwise
2:41 p.m. CDT May 7, 2017
Support straps are on; quit for day!

Come Saturday, May 20th, Robert came on by to help us secure the stand:

3:40 p.m. CDT May 20, 2017
Robert not afraid to climb up!
3:40 p.m. CDT May 20, 2017
Robert gets ratchet strap started
4:12 p.m. CDT May 20, 2017
View back down pathway
4:14 p.m. CDT May 20, 2017
The stand is now secure!

On Sunday, May 28th, I came back to chop down a tree,
   thereby clearing a shooting lane to the right...
BEFORE                                                         AFTER

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