Best Ladder Stands For Deer Hunting in 2023
BIG GAME Hunter HD 1.5 Treestand - Adjustable Shooting Rail, Extra Wide/Deep Platform for Wide Stances, Flex Tek Comfort Seating 18.6' Tall
- Adjustable, Removable, Padded Shooting Rail that Flips Up allowing you to get the perfect shot.
- Extra Wide, foldable Flex-Tek Seat Contours to Legs and Back for Ultimate Comfort.
- Extra Wide and Deep 23.5″ Wide x 29″ Foot Platform for Wide Stance
- Weight 61 Pounds- Weight Rating 350 lbs.
Guide Gear Deluxe 16' Ladder Tree Stand
Summit Treestands Summit Solo Pro Ladder Stand
- New brown powder coat adds concealment and weather protection for this roomy steel frame ladder stand
- Full backrest and thicker bench seat cushion design, with detachable padded gun rest
- Weighs 83.6 pounds and can hold up to 300 pounds,
- 25" w x 14" D seat size, 25"X 32" platform size, 18" height to gun rest
- Includes full body Fall arrest harness System and all necessary hardware
Guide Gear 18' Jumbo Ladder Tree Stand
BIG GAME Warrior Elite 17' Ladderstand Ultra-Wide, Flex-Tek Seat and Backrest, Flip-up Padded Shooting Rail
- The Warrior Elite is 17' Tall to the Shooting rail The 24" Wide x 14" Tall seat gives you plenty of room
- Foot platform: 18" Wide x 10" Deep
- Ladder sections: 3 single Rail sections
- Safety Harness: one 4-pt. Full-body harness included
- Stand weight: 44 lbs. Weight rating: 300 lbs.
X-Stand Treestands The Duke X 20' Single-Person Ladderstand
- Stand height: 20′ to Shooting rail
- Platform size: 18″ wide x 26″ deep
- Seat size: 22″ wide x 16″ deep
- Weight Capacity: 300 lbs.
- Stand weight: 79 lbs.
Guide Gear 18' Archer's Ladder Tree Stand
Rivers Edge RE661 Deluxe XT 1 Man Seat Lock On Deer Hunting Tree Ladder Stand, Black
- FLIP-BACK PADDED SHOOTING RAIL
- FOOTREST TO STRETCH OUT YOUR LEGS
- TEARTUFF MESH SEAT PROVIDES THE BEST COMFORT IN IT'S CLASS
- PADDED ARMRESTS INCLUDED
- ONLY 53 POUNDS
- Included Components: Safety Harness
- Material Type: Steel
BIG GAME LS4860 18' Guardian XLT Two-Person Ladderstand, Camo/Black
- 18' tall to the Shooting rail
- 6. 5" wide x 12. 5" deep foot platform
- 38" wide x 12" deep flex-teak bench style seat design
- Flip-up padded Shooting rail
- Weighs only 53 lbs.
Rivers Edge RE660 Rivers Edge Classic XT 1-Man 16FT Ladder Stand
- TEAR TUFF SEAT FOR COMFORT
- 18 INCH WIDE FOOT PLATFORM
- PADDED ARM RESTS INCLUDED
- 14 FEET TALL
Choosing a Tree Stand This Hunting Season
Following are explanations and descriptions for the most common tree stands, as well as the pros and cons of each. Happy Hunting!
Climbing Tree Stands
The first tree stand you might consider is the climbing stand, which provides steps for the hunter to climb up into the tree, and allows a kind of perch at the top. This is growing in popularity among hunters who like to move around quite a bit, because it is portable and easy to transport with just one or two people
The major benefit to a climbing tree stand is that it's easy to set up and just as easy to tear down. Fifteen minutes, and you're on to another part of the forest. It is also easy to adjust according to height for different hunters, which is helpful if you're taking turns in the stand or using it on alternating weekends.
Unfortunately, however, the climbing tree stand is one of the most expensive types, and it can be fairly limiting. The instructions offer strict guidelines as to the type of tree you can use with this stand, and you can't use it on a tree that has low branches or an irregularly-shaped trunk. Even worse, it is far louder than other types of stands, so you need to get out early to avoid alerting game that you are around.
Fixed Tree Stands
The less-portable option when choosing a tree stand is the fixed stand, which is usually cheaper than your average climbing stand. It is accessed by a ladder from the ground, and is fixed to the tree you use. Most hunters leave these stands out all during hunting seasons, and sometimes all year 'round because they are much harder to disassemble.
The best thing about fixed tree stands is that they become part of the environment. Since you're not moving them around every few days (or every few hours), animals begin to assume that they belong in the forest. Furthermore, they can be attached to less-than-perfect trees, and can be supported by much thinner trunks.
Ladder Tree Stands
The third type of hunting tree stand that I want to discuss is the ladder stand, which is essentially a lean-to ladder that leads up to a shooting platform. This is one of the more dangerous types because the ladder is screwed into the tree, but can easily fail during inclement weather or because of shoddy workmanship. In most cases, they are permanent, and require a large truck bed for transport.
Tripod Tree Stands
If you're hunting in an area where there aren't any trees, the tripod tree stand is erected on three "legs" with a platform on top. Some are accessed by a ladder attached to one of the legs, while others must be accessed by other means. They are usually a benefit only if you are hunting in an open field, and are far too bulky to be erected in the middle of a forest.