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Author Topic: Homemade Deer Stands  (Read 5121 times)

Offline jbright

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Homemade Deer Stands
« on: August 29, 2008, 07:49:34 AM »
Anyone out there have any blueprints for good homemade deer stands?

I grew up hunting out of homemade stands everything from stands made out of green treated lumber, stands made out of old pallets, to stands made out of smaller trees.  Within the last few years we started buying manufactured ladder stands for the convenience factor but there is just something about hunting deer out of a homemade stand that brings me back to being 6 years old sitting in a stand with my dad.

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Re: Homemade Deer Stands
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2008, 08:46:32 AM »
No blueprints, just whatever can find laying around that will fit the tree or area.   :2)

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Re: Homemade Deer Stands
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2008, 09:20:38 AM »
If you like things that are homemade out of anything follow this thread.

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Re: Homemade Deer Stands
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2008, 07:57:55 PM »
My favorite stand is the one I built up in PA out of mostly scrap wood leftover from my buddies deck.  It connects as a triangular shape between 3 trees.  About only materials I purchased were the 2x6's I use to make the base out of.  Been there with no problem for about 6 seasons now.  All I do is check lags bolts once a year.
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Re: Homemade Deer Stands
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2008, 10:53:21 PM »
There are 2 where I hunt that have been up for 15 years but they look like they can't be trusted this year . They were made of 2x4s that were left overs .
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Re: Homemade Deer Stands
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2008, 01:36:57 PM »
Ah yes I remember building those stands, I took  2 treated 4x4 and lagged treated 2x4 or 6's as steps if I did it now I would dado into the 4x4  for extra sure support over a greater area. I basically had the ladder built except for the last couple of steps on either end , I would hand dig them in and cement them into the ground a few feet , befor the cement I would find the right spot  and angle , . I liked to use tree limbs as extra support and use either 2x4's or 6's  as the base support  then build a deck over that with 2x4's and cover with marine grade plywood, careful these got slippery when wet  or snow covered. probably would paintheavily and throw on some gravel or sand for traction now and then would tie my bow or unloaded gun on a rope and hoist it up.  the basses where around 3x4 or 4x4  I know I got a good decade out of them and the trees survived because I only put about 6 long lag screws into them . you do want to wear a harness it's easy to lean out over them  for a bow shot.  remember what does your siloette look like as your thinking of building  common stand thoughts.  it aint hard  just remember to think saftey and support and you can build it .

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Re: Homemade Deer Stands
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2008, 03:16:39 PM »


check some other threads like stated or  hae some fun and try it yourself!!   @--0--0101


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Re: Homemade Deer Stands
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2008, 06:06:09 PM »
Check with BubbaBrown.  He has some plans for some nice looking box stands.  I will be contacting him when I figure out where I am going to hunt next year.
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Re: Homemade Deer Stands
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2008, 12:24:29 PM »
I made plenty of stands but they usualy ended up to heavy or squeaked,plus there's the safety factor.But I have to say I made one that was really good,but someone stole it from my tree.
I have been going to ladder stands lately and keep my homemade as backups.
If you make your stands so you can level the platform it takes the squeak out.

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Re: Homemade Deer Stands
« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2008, 01:52:37 PM »
we make wooden box stands and mount them on fuel barrel stands.  works great, we have 5 of them

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Re: Homemade Deer Stands
« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2008, 02:12:22 PM »
jbright, I have box stand plans that I sell. You may look at some of the box stand photos in this site or on my site, or both. My plans are for a leaner type stand that is chained to a tree. My site is, www.thedeercamp.ning.com . Look in my blog, 4x4 box stand. Two people on this site have purchase plans and gave good reviews. If you want a free standing box, I would buy a set of Elevators from Cabela's for the legs.

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Re: Homemade Deer Stands
« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2008, 02:26:08 PM »
Here are a few pics of some of my box stands. All of these stands are 11 YO.

1st stand is a 4x6, with two 4x4 post and a ladder, attached with a chain and turnbuckle.

2nd stand is a 4x4, leaner, attached with a chain and turnbuckle.

3rd stand is a 4x4,  leaner, attached with a chain and turnbuckle.

Treated wood and paint is the key for making the stands last.

The plans I designed this past year are a little more heavy duty than the ones shown.
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Re: Homemade Deer Stands
« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2008, 11:50:48 PM »
I would echo the comments about it being enjoyable sitting in a home made stand, but also to be careful!  I bought a property and found a great stand at a great spot.  First day I sat in it I shot a big doe.  Next day an 8 pointer.  Came back the next weekend and found it real unstable as I climbed in.  The stand was fine, but it turned out the trees it was built into were a pair of river birches, and they were rottening from the inside.  The went down the next windy day.  Build the stand well, but be sure to pick out a healthy tree too!

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Re: Homemade Deer Stands
« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2008, 06:52:29 AM »
Boy, you guys just brought me on a walk down memory lane. I remember building stands out of anything I could find. Shot many a deer out of those old lean-to stands. This is the last one I built. Call it the old man stand. Figure the day might come when I can't climb those ladders anymore. As long as I can pull the trigger I'll have a stand to be in. --099-780 Be safe and shot straight.
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Re: Homemade Deer Stands
« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2008, 11:12:29 AM »
Now that looks like what I want to build . How high are the windows from the floor? and can two guys and a some shelves sit in there comfy like?
It would be nice to give us a laydown on some of the essentials so we don't mess up. I'm gimpy in one leg a bit and I really like the handrail on the stairs.
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