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  • 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
  • Make a hunter’s scent harder to detect and movement less noticeable due to elevation
  • 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 because usually shooting at a downward angle
  • Give the firearm hunter and bowhunter a shot angle where an exit wound is lower on the animal, potentially creating a better blood trail to aid in recovery
  • Reduce the possibility of a hunter interfering with another hunter’s experience
  • Provide a better vantage point for viewing wildlife and enjoying the total hunting experience
Elevated tree stand


  • Increase risk of injury from falling, particularly in wet or icy weather
  • Are difficult to carry, especially large, portable stands
  • Provide no protection from cold or wind
  • Give little room for movement, which adds to fatigue and increases the risk of falling
  • Make estimating distance and shooting accurately more challenging because of the downward angle
  • Decrease the size of the kill zone because the shot angle becomes steeper as the height of the elevated stand increases