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    • paleoman
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      I’ve been using a folding tripod type stool with mixed feelings. I like myself when ground hunting though, at a much lower profile. I’ve done some practice shooting and though I have to cant my bow nearly 45 degrees, I’m still on target. I might have to nip a bit more clearance off any brush, but I’m thinking one less thing to bring in the woods the better. Any thoughts on this I’d appreciate.

    • Patrick
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      I can’t last very long, literally sitting in the ground. I love my Hammock Seat.

    • Stephen Graf
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      I second the hammock seat. I was in it last night in fact and had a tasty little four pointer nearly walk over me.

      It’s easy, fast, and comfortable.

    • Stephen Smiley
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      I like the hammock seat as well. I started using it last year and its light and easy to set up and take down. Its worth carrying.

    • Lydell Newell
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      i love my tree hamack seat too

    • Steve Capps
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      I carrey a daypack that’ incorporates a folding stool as a frame.

    • grumpygrumpy
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      Bet if I saw a pic of that I could figure out how top make one out of aluminum.

    • ChumpMcgee
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      One thing that I have used on a couple of hunts is thick skateboarding knee pads. You slip them on before going into the woods, it does not bother you when you are walking in and they are pretty comfortable for awhile. I can knee down and sit on my feet for awhile but eventually have to straighten my legs for a stretch. If I ever do a stalking hunt they are a must I tell ya! But I will agree with the comments above….hammock seat rules!!

      I have actually been hunting from a tree stand this year, and it may be my last. I hunt public land so constantly hauling gear in and out of the woods is a bit old. Once I get in my stand its great but it takes more time to settle in plus I am carrying in climbing sticks that can make noise when setting them up. I rather get to my hunting spot and be ready to hunt with little not no setup

    • Stephen Graf
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      I hunted public land many years. I put my stand up and left it. Wrapped a chain around it and locked it to the tree. Never had any problems.

      Another option is to leave the stand up and just bring the last climbing stick home with you…

      I like hunting from the ground, but you won’t get fat doing that around here.

    • FallguyFallguy
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      That can work Steve but if he is hunting on state lands in Minnesota that are (WMA’s) Wildlife Management Area’s. Then we are required to remove our stands everyday after hunting. It cuts down on people hanging multiple stands and homesteading an area.

    • Stephen Graf
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      Fallguy wrote: That can work Steve but if he is hunting on state lands in Minnesota that are (WMA’s) Wildlife Management Area’s. Then we are required to remove our stands everyday after hunting. It cuts down on people hanging multiple stands and homesteading an area.

      Good point. We don’t have that level of management here in the south, so I didn’t think about that. If I had to pull the stand every time I went in, I probably would leave it at home too. Hate climbers.

    • paleoman
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      Is the Hammock Seat the one by fanatic outdoors? I’m going to order one if you guys say so. It looks lighter and more packable than even my little folding stool. The stool is generally ok, but it does press into your legs after a few hours and then you just want to get out of it – usually right about prime time too.

    • Stephen Graf
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      That would be the one.

      While I like it, it does have some limitations. I have found that if I affix the hammock seat to a tree only 4 or 5 inches in diameter:

      – it tends to want to slip down the tree. This can be fixed by wrapping the belt multiple times around the tree, or having a little branch to put the belt over.

      – it wraps around me tightly and inhibits my movement and comfort.

      These two issues are avoided with trees of larger diameter.

      Other than that, I’ve no complaints.

    • Patrick
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      Not the greatest photo quality, but here’s a pic from tonight’s setup…a bit unorthodox, but it worked well.

    • Stephen Graf
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      Nice!

    • tuxdad
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      Can’t say that I’ve ever tried one of those.. I usually carry the heavy foam pads with me and a maybe a blanket, as I can’t handle being on my knees too long. So I usually either flat on the foam or build up a ground blind where I can carry a squirrel bucket seat in with me.. Usually its the foam and blanket..

    • Charles EkCharles Ek
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      Patrick wrote: Not the greatest photo quality, but here’s a pic from tonight’s setup…a bit unorthodox, but it worked well.

      In addition to the usual arrangement, I’ve done this as well. It can be a great way to exploit the concealment available at old slash piles. And it has the advantage of not constructing anything obviously new to the neighborhood.

    • Stephen Graf
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      Not sure why Patrick chose to have the camo on the inside….

      But it seems to me that the seat itself is good concealment. I’ve had two coyote’s, several turkey, and a few deer within just a few feet of me this year while using the seat. I’ve taken no special care to enhance concealment. In fact, I mostly just look for a tree that seems like it will be comfy.

      I think the way it wraps around the body is enough to eliminate the “it’s a man!” response in critters. It is it’s own concealment.

      I’ve used the hammock seat more this year than anything else. With so few deer it’s hard to pattern them, and it’s nice to sit somewhere different every day to keep the stink down.

    • arthurw
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      I sit on a small folding stool that has a shoulder strap for transport. Once I get the string for my 52″ Sierra, I’ll use a foam pad similar to a stadium or jonboat seat pad and I’ll get on the ground like I did when gun hunting.

    • TMS
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      When I use my homemade hammock seat, I have a 6ft X 6ft square of leafy-cut fabric that I drape over my legs. That seems to help disguise my form without impeding my movement. Weighs just a couple of ounces and packs tiny. For what it’s worth, I made my hammock seat with the camo pattern on both sides just in case.

    • Stephen Graf
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      Using the fabric over your legs is a good idea!

    • Randy Gresham
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      Anyone using the Hammock Seat figured out a way to make it not so noisy? I like the comfort and compactness of the seat, but it is just to noisy to hunt out of, every little movement and the seat crackles and pops, it’s even worse the colder it gets. Any solutions???

      Grits

    • Stephen Graf
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      Never had that problem. Course I sit still 🙄

      But seriously folks… Oh dang, I just can’t get serious… If I ever find I am being loud while walking in the woods or otherwise, I just turn my hearing aids off. Works every time 😀

      I know these aren’t the comments or suggestions you were hoping for. But it’s the best I can do 😳

    • Lungcutter
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      I use somthing similar for hunting squirrel. I may have to try it for bow hunting. Are there any problems shooting out of it.

    • Randy Gresham
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      Steve I get what you are saying about sitting still, but there are times I have to make an adjustment as to where the deer come from and the seat will make a noise. If I turn my hearing aides down I can’t hear the deer or hogs approaching.

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