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No place for a tree stand .....scaffolding tower blind ?

I have been granted sole permission to hunt a local farm
As the land owner is tired of me asking nicely :smiley_clap: and he wants someone to be around form time to time

OK not a big place
120 total acres with about 80 in feilds , 10 acres of overgrown creek botton, 20 or so in CPR and 10 un farmable due to a limestone ridge

The limestone ridge area is over grown with brush and smaller trees

The CPR is over grown with trees and brush , but nothing bigger than 4-5" at the stump
The CPR feild is realy almost unfarmable also due to all the rocks and shallow soil

The creek bottom , again small trees and brush

The farm was just logged last year and they left few trees usable for tree stands any place even close to a decent spot

While walking the place again today
I found 2 spots just begging to be hunted , would need 4 stands to cover the normal wind directions
Both don't have a tree bigger than 4" at the stump with in 75 yds

One spot I can use a ground blinds , 1 in a dozer pile is ready made
But the other I need to get up to be efective


I have a bunch of the old style ( no longer aproved ) scaffolding

I am having a posibly crazy idea of building 1 or 2 scaffolding tower blinds
I could put them up so I was IN the limbs of the small trees
Maybe a camo burlap screen to hide behind
Nice platform for a seat
Just have to anchor the scaffolding down so the wind couldn't blow it over

A decent idea ?
Or did I inhale to much sketter spray and am about to loose it completely ?

John
 

"J"

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John what are you hunting with Compound or crossbow? If you are hunting with a crossbow I'd make some ground blinds in some good ambush spots.... If with compound that's a lot more dificult and easier too get busted drawing on them.... Good luck with the scalfolding, as long as you can get a good solid anchor I'd think it would be alright just make sure it's in some good thick background too break your outline up....
 
I use both a Compound and crossbow
It all depends on how my shoulder feels

Cover behind me is a thick mix of hardwoods and pine
I am thinking of using 3 5' sections
With the top section to hold the blind , so my feet would be 10' off the ground
With the tree's and brush mostly 15' - 20' tall behind me

I was looking to see if I could dig a pit blind
But I hit rock 6" down

As I love pit blinds



John
 

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I've hadvgoodvresults brushing in next too a travel route and busting them with the crossbow.... but you know the lay of the land and your best avenue.... sounds like you've got a handle on it....
 

hickslawns

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I don't see why it wouldn't work. Only thing with scaffolding is how noisy it can be. Seems every piece of scaffolding I have ever climbed was terribly noisy.

We do have some free standing tree stands which we offer for sale. I carry Big Dog and Rivers Edge tree stands. Big Dog has a 12' Quadpod and a 16' Bow quad. Both have enclosures. However, you would be looking at $425-$450 on these respectively. I also have one 14' Tripod left which is $210. Not trying to push them on you. I wish you the best of luck whatever way you go. Just throwing the idea out there.
 

rgecko23

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Thats what i was thinking, why not one of those quad blinds...or i know menards always has a quad with just a seat for like 250 every year.....
 

hickslawns

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Thats what i was thinking, why not one of those quad blinds...or i know menards always has a quad with just a seat for like 250 every year.....

Are you sure on the price of this one? Hell, I can't buy them this cheap. Maybe it isn't the same one I carry either though. Not sure.
 

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I would be scared to use the scaffolding when it got wet or a little snow on it...That would be pretty dang slick right there. I seen a guy take a TV antenna tower and attach a hang -on stand to it and strap the tower to the tree. That might work better for you ? Or you could get one of the tri-pods Hicks has. I would hate to see you slip off the scaffold and hurt yourself ya know.
 

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TV Tower is a neat idea RC!

I would not hesitate to build a tree house 8-10 ft. off the ground w/ a roof and side skirt or side walls. ( But I'm getting old and a tree house is starting to better to me each year...)Especially if you have a good back-ground of small trees, grape vines or a pine.
Just get it up ASAP so they can get use to it. I've never tried a tri-pod but thought about it.

Ground blinds are fun and be very intense TOO. A freshly logged wood lot can offer a maze of nooks and crannies to hide in. Take a small chain saw and carve out a nest in a pile of tree tops. Just that sometimes the wind can be a real bitch washing back and forth around all that jumble of tree limbs.
Best of luck this year!
 
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I don't see why it wouldn't work. Only thing with scaffolding is how noisy it can be. Seems every piece of scaffolding I have ever climbed was terribly noisy.

We do have some free standing tree stands which we offer for sale. I carry Big Dog and Rivers Edge tree stands. Big Dog has a 12' Quadpod and a 16' Bow quad. Both have enclosures. However, you would be looking at $425-$450 on these respectively. I also have one 14' Tripod left which is $210. Not trying to push them on you. I wish you the best of luck whatever way you go. Just throwing the idea out there.

I thought about your stands
But being a cheap SOB , I was hopeing to use what I already had

I think I am going to try a dry run in the back yard
I will bolt the pins in place both top and bottom , no quick clips
Probely bolt the planks down also and add a piece of carpet

If all else fails ( before I sink any cash into this )
I may just talk to you about that tri pod

John
 

RedCloud

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TV Tower is a neat idea RC!

Yeah. The guy decided to put it up about 75 yards off my mineral site. He will be leaving soon :smiley_crocodile:


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hickslawns

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No worries either way John. I am here if you need me. Otherwise, I will offer help or suggestions when I can. I am a tightwad too, but when I spend it I want to spend it well!
 

Huckleberry Finn

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Adam, quit posting pictures of my shit on here.

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Hey Johnch - have you ever seen the pictures of Jesse's paradise blind tower?
 

swantucky

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My buddy has done just what you are saying John but for gun. Let the deer get used to it and they are great for bow. I keep saying I am going to do the same thing but weld all the connections.
 
TV Tower is a neat idea RC!

I tryed TV tower stands years back
But all the tower's that I found
Had the rungs to far apart for my short legs



I just finished putting 3 sections togeather in the back yard
I think it will work

But I need to get more bolts and 2 more weatherproof planks

Might get the frame's up today
Nice thing , I can drive within 100' of the the stand locations

John
 

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My buddy has done just what you are saying John but for gun. Let the deer get used to it and they are great for bow. I keep saying I am going to do the same thing but weld all the connections.



Sounds like a very good idea to make it safer and quieter....
 

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Glad to hear about your newly-acquired hunting ground, John... Sounds like it could be a good one.

The scaffolding sounds like it could work, as long as you make it nice and sturdy/silent. I don't know exactly how much effort that would take, but is it really worth it? In a situation like that, I think I would be more inclined to spend that effort in some natural ground blinds. Obviously every property is a little different so you probably have a better handle than I on the best route to take here. Just remember that ground blinds are extremely effective, silent, easy to get into, and invisible to other hunters if you're careful.