Google+

Treestand Tips

 

Treestand Tips

by Ted Lund

 

There’s no more effective way to harvest deer than with a bow from a treestand. But there are some basic tips hunters need to adhere to in order to maximize potential during the season.  And much of the groundwork can be laid during pre-season scouting.

Ryan Lewin is a Central Florida banker who has been a deer hunter his entire life. What started as a passion has developed into an obsession — a way to escape the high-pressure world of finance into the outdoors of the Southeastern United States.

10126“Deer hunting, particularly with a bow or crossbow, is a way for me to get out in nature and slow down,’ says Lewin, ‘The same is true of the offseason; I have plenty of opportunities to get out, scout, and prepare for opening day and decompress.”

One of the first things Lewin considers when scouting new stand locations is the wind direction.

“That’s probably the most important part of tree stand location for me,” says Lewin. “You need to consider the prevailing wind direction and thermals. Your scent wafting on the breeze is one of the first indications to that trophy buck that something is wrong; I try to position where the stand will remain downwind or crosswind to the primary ambush point.”

Height is another critical factor.

“Generally, I try to position as high as I can while also taking advantage of the available cover that the tree provides,” says Lewin. “I’m looking for trees that lose their foliage late in the fall, or clusters of trees. A tree that has a ‘Y’ in the trunk for concealment is a strong candidate as well.”

Lewin also considers the angle and direction of the sun for his ideal ambush point.

“Setting up with your back to the sun is my prefered plan. It won’t blind you, and also helps illuminate the target and the shooting lane,” he says.

But even in a perfect world, that’s sometimes not possible.

“If you can’t position with the sun at your back, take a look at what type of cover you have to help shade the light.” says Lewin. “Things like tree clusters, canopy, or rises. They can all work to your advantage.”

Then comes the landscaping.

“I take the time to trim shooting lanes or windows in the foliage of the tree so that I can sneak an arrow through when the moment of truth arrives,” says Lewin. “I also confirm and mark yardages in those lanes with colored tape or some other sort of visible marker. The more you try to anticipate, the better off you’ll be.”

Even with the perfect prep, shooting traditional crossbows from a treestand presents some significant challenges, including a limited range of motion for unexpected shots.

But a new generation of compact, lightweight bows is helping change the game. A good example: the Stealth FX4 from TenPoint Crossbow StealthFX4_AD_950x650Technologies.

At just 6.8 pounds assembled, the Stealth FX4 is light and sports a compact footprint centered around TenPoint’s Functional Superior Bullpup (FSB) stock, designed to reduce weight and balance. It’s 13.3 inch width (cocked) gives hunters an unparalleled range of motion in the field for even the most challenging shots from a stand.  Featuring a 13.4-inch power stroke and 113 FP KE, the Stealth FX4 can deliver a 370-grain Pro Lite arrow at a buck-stopping 370-FPS.

Tenpoint’s Stealth FX4 comes as an assembled package, including TenPoint’s 3x Pro-View 2 Scope mounted on a machined aluminum 7/8-inch Fixed Dovetail Mount. It also includes the hunter’s choice of either the patented ACUdraw or ACUdraw 50 cocking mechanism, TenPoint’s Instant Detach 3-Arrow Quiver and Ambidextrous Side-Mount Quiver Bracket, a three-pack of TenPoint Pro Elite carbon fiber arrows with 100-grain practice points, and TenPoint’s exclusive Bowjax Crossbow Noise Dampening Kit. Hunters also receive a TenPoint owner’s instructional DVD and TenPoint vehicle window sticker. The Stealth FX4 starts at $1,219 with the ACUdraw 50.

TenPoint Crossbow Technologies is a world-class manufacturer of archery products recognized as the industry-standard for safety, precision engineering, durability, performance, and power. Tenpoint is committed to the care and conservation of our land, water, and air,  the humane and responsible management of our wildlife, and the preservation and expansion of recreational shooting and hunting. For more information, visit www.tenpointcrossbows.com, or follow them on Facebook and YouTube.

 

Original Source; Sportsmans Lifestyle

Spread the love
  • 2
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    2
    Shares
  • 2
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Google+