Posted 10-21-2003 at 08:53:28
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We always give our deer stands a name. This one, the horseshoe is in a hollow near where the old homestead was on my farm. When we bought the farm in 1994, there were several deer stands. This one is in an old "wolf" white oak tree. It had a carved sign that a 12 point buck was shot in 1991 out of the tree.
We call it the horseshoe stand because lodged in the trunk of sappling is an old horseshoe that has been raised about three feet off the ground. I left it there for luck, and it sure paid off. We have taken about 20 deer from that stand since we started hunting it in 1994.
Well the old stand was borderline last year with rotting wood and a dangerous dead branch looming up over the stand. So the stand was in need of serious renovations.
We carried a 32 foot extension ladder down to the stand and my brother climbed up and took down the dead branch with his chain saw. Made me feel a lot better seeing that huge limb crash to the ground with me NOT in the stand. Next we tore out the old stand. I had a 4 x 4 deck used as a back porch on our doublewide and we put 16 foot 2 X 6's and 2 x 4's on the front and anchored it to the oak. Several side braces have made it super sturdy and secure. We put a nice comfortable chair up in it. The stand has been pronounced fit for occupancy. I'll be bow hunting out of it this weekend. We have about 15 stands on the farm, but this one is my favorite.
I am too big and too old to mess with any of those new fangled climbing aluminum stands. Give me treated lumber and a sturdy ladder anytime.