Treestand Practice

I have had a fear of heights since I was a child. Not necessarily the height of a building or mountain, but basically ladders and unstable contraptions. I have found that practicing from an elevated stand in my backyard really helps. When deer season starts, you don’t have to get used to the height since you’ve been climbing and shooting out of your stand all summer. If at all possible, I climb into my stand once a week and shoot five arrows from different angles and distances.

While deer hunting you might ask yourself, “What would I do if a deer came from this side or that side?” With your stand in the backyard, you can practice from any position imaginable. Here’s a photo of a 20-yard group from my ladder stand using a 64-inch Pronghorn longbow. I placed the stand in a giant pecan tree with plenty of cover, just like a real hunting setup.

759bMy accuracy has improved greatly. Practicing from a treestand is also a good time to test different clothing for string clearance. When shooting from an elevated position, we have a tendency to short draw without anchoring properly. You might even experience erratic arrow flight due to the short drawing. Some guys advocate bending at the waist, while others recommend bending the knees. My thoughts are that you should practice from your stand to find out what works best for you. ALWAYS wear a safety harness and practice other safety measures when using an elevated stand.


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  1. Herb Meland September 5, 2018 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Great advice from a fine archer and a quality person. Both things that are common in traditional archers.

  2. David Coulter
    David Coulter September 8, 2018 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    Definitely a good way to practice. I have feed bags laying at different distances and a homemade elevated platform about 8 feet up. That’s a typical treestand height for me. My platform is oversized for safety so I restrict where my feet are and keep my butt against the tree as I do in a stand. Keeping my butt against the tree is sort of a register so I know where I am and can concentrate on the shot and be slightly less concerned with my balance. Dwc

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