Reflective Trail Markers

I hunt using a climber stand, and I might use several trees on a property during the hunting season. Marking tacks will reflect the light of a flashlight beam, which makes them much easier to see than flagging tape. Tacks placed on either side of a tree make it easier to find your way into or out of an area when it’s dark.

You can also use them to mark the base of a tree you want to sit in, and the direction you want to be facing. Knowledge of the property or a GPS will help you find the right general area, and the tacks will help you find the exact tree. That way I don’t give away my secret spot on public land. Please make sure this is legal in the area where you hunt, and remove all the marking tacks at the end of the season.

The box containing the tacks when purchased often breaks or becomes difficult to close, resulting in them spilling into my pack. To solve this problem, I put them into an old pill bottle, as shown.

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  1. David W. Coulter February 8, 2017 at 9:34 am - Reply

    About the Trail Markers. I’m the first to admit that I get turned around on my way to a stand in the dark. I’m as clumsy as anyone and clumsier than any old Eagle Scout should be! That said, you won’t find me sticking reflective tacks in trees, not even on private land. It’s a disturbing thing for me to be working my way through the woods in the dark only to have a line of reflectors light up a path as my headlamp passes over them. It’s really littering in my view. I mean no disrespect to Mr Powers, but I think there are better ways to get to a stand. Getting to know the terrain and using markers such as rocks and fallen trees for instance. I have used a version of the tacks in a way to narrow down the way to a stand. I’ve leaned small flat stones up against stumps and trees that I can see with my light when I’m close, but they are relatively unobtrusive to passersby. I will also lean a stick or piece of fallen log against a stone or tree to indicate where I lean a woods road to join my path to the stand. Things look remarkable different for me in the dark. That’s a challenge for me to work with to become a better woodsman. One of the best ideas I’ve read on how to overcome this is simply to wait for enough light to see where you’re going. I make a lot less noise on my approach when I do that. Thank you, David

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