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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 first ladder tree stand in Roanoke

Used starting in the 2016-2017 deer season

We will use this as a plan "B" to the permanent blind.
The tree stand will cover the southern end of the pine grove.

Big GameMainstream Holdings, who owns Big Game Treestands, also owns Muddy Outdoors, Eyecon trail cameras, and the Xecute brand of scent control products.Purchased for $199 at BassPro
This is model # LS5000

I picked this out at Bass Pro 8/7/2016
I purchased at Bass Pro 8/26/2016 after price dropped to $199
"The Duo" is 16' high at the shooting rail and supports 500lbs.
The other selling points are the wide platform, a flip-up seat,
comfortable cushions, a wide ladder, and a foot rest.

The future spot of my first ladder tree
Southern Red Oak (Quercus falcata)
As early as June 18, I went scouting for an alternative to our permanent blind.

This red oak I found (that day in the southern part of the pine grove) seemed ideal as it offered a view of the full deer path caught on the trail camera nearby.

seen from the trail
                                            camHere, you can see where the trail camera is in relation to the candidate tree (second tree from the right in smaller picture to the right).

Tim offered to trim off the dead branches near the bottom and even used his weed whacker to clean up the brush around the base of the red oak tree come August 27.

This tree is also relatively close to the sloped meadow and has easy access.

After we cleared the path near the tree by late Saturday
afternoon, August 27, I placed the ladder (from the stand) to about
where the stand would mount against the tree.  The tree stand will
be oriented to where the deer path can be clearly monitored.

5:00 p.m. CST August 27, 2016
Looking at the deer path to the left of the ladder.
As you can see, that is the entrance to the meadow.
4:59 p.m. CST August 27, 2016
This is looking straight-on from the trail camera.
The ground is now clearly trimmed.

5:00 p.m. CST August 27, 2016
Looking at the deer path to the right of the ladder.
The area beyond is where wild turkeys may be located.

As of September 24, after erecting the tree stand...
Here is the view from the platform of the stand:


View of the sloped meadow far to the left

The permanent blind is located in the exact middle
of the photo where the trees meet the meadow.

View of the deer path from the
left corner of the stand
View of the deer path far to the right

The mineral lick is near the center.
"Dirt Bag" deer attractant was placed in the soil.

PROCESS of building the LADDER STAND:
(Tim and I began assembly on August 27 inside the hunting
shack due to temperature being 94˚F outside)

11:11 a.m. CDT August 27, 2016
Assembly begins
11:55 a.m. CDT August 27, 2016
Back end of platform coming together
1:07 p.m. CDT August 27, 2016
Platform minus seat; too hot in here!
4:31 p.m. CDT September 23, 2016
We pick this back up a month later

5:29 p.m. CDT September 23, 2016
Both seat and shooting rail are fixed
5:42 p.m. CDT September 23, 2016
Complete with cushions and pads
5:43 p.m. CDT September 23, 2016
Getting an idea of how it feels
5:53 p.m. CDT September 23, 2016
Loading up truck to take out to woods

6:18 p.m. CDT September 23, 2016
Unloaded in woods
6:47 p.m. CDT September 23, 2016
Got too dark!  Coming back...
12:49 p.m. CDT September 24, 2016
Removed seat; mounted to tree
1:59 p.m. CDT September 24, 2016

2:35 p.m. CDT September 24, 2016
Seat mounted; view down ladder
2:36 p.m. CDT September 24, 2016
This bolt is missing a nut
3:11 p.m. CDT September 24, 2016
Finished product
3:15 p.m. CDT September 24, 2016
View from trailcam direction

3:16 p.m. CDT
Unit by itself on the red oak
3:16 p.m. CDT
Nestled against the backdrop
Seat folded back to
protect from elements
Done for the Day!

I then came back a couple of weeks later to get universal blind kit installed...



I purchased a concealment canopy online at Cabela's for $27.99 on 9/28/2016

October 9, 2016
after 5:30 p.m. CDT
Canopy down and up.

My daughter took this pic!

We are now READY to HUNT in the stand!

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