Course Outline

Hunter with a firearm in an elevated tree stand

Advantages

  • Provide a wider field of vision—game is spotted sooner than at ground level
  • Allow time to plan for best shot through earlier detection of game
  • Position a hunter above the animal's normal field of vision
  • Make a hunter's scent harder to detect and movement less noticeable
  • Make a hunter more visible to other sportsmen so that he or she is less likely to be hit by a stray bullet
  • Provide a good backstop for arrows or bullets due to shooting at a downward angle

Disadvantages

  • Increase risk of injury resulting from falling
  • Can be difficult to carry, especially large portable stands
  • Provide no protection from cold or wind
  • Give little room for movement
  • Cannot move toward game while hunting
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