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The oldest type of tree stand is the permanent tree stand. It is not recommended because it’s difficult to build safely; becomes unsafe in a short period of time due to weathering, rotting, and tree growth; and requires frequent repair and inspection. Permanent tree stands are eyesores that upset people who enjoy the woods but don’t hunt and annoy also some hunters. In addition, deer, especially older more mature ones, often recognize permanent stands as unsafe areas and regularly avoid them. Many hunters prefer less conspicuous portable models that they can move easily.

A permanent tree stand