Hunting safety is top priority for hunter Bill Harvey, and in his opinion, Summit Treestands offers the best equipment to keep sportsmen safe from falls—as well as the ultimate guide to tree stand safety.
Comfortable, compact, and easy to setup, Summit Treestands’ Peak tree stand is the latest addition to its line of The Crush™ Series of stands. According to Grand View Outdoors, “the Peak epitomizes high performance for high places and is a favorite choice of Lee and Tiffany Lakosky of The Crush™.” Hang the Peak tree stand within seconds, and begin your hunt from the comfort of seat that includes a padded arm and backrest.
With Summit’s Buckstep Climbing Steps, climbing trees that are inaccessible to tree stands is now possible. New and improved, these climbing sticks boast “a smaller profile and reduced weight to enhance the ease of packing to and from that trophy whitetail’s haunts,” says AmmoLand. And its silent tree attachment allows for quiet entry and exit, so you won’t disturb the deer you’ve eagerly been waiting to hunt.
What’s your strategy for locating the biggest bucks? For Grand View Outdoors writer Gerald Almy, it’s placing his tree stand above power line clearings. Here, abundant shelter and food such as tender forbs, berries, shrubs, and saplings provide an oasis for whitetail deer. His tips for finding the right spot...
Hunter Cory Yarmuth wasn’t a fan of climbing tree stands until he saw the Summit Viper SD. “Weighing in at 20 pounds [its] one of the lightest climbers around,” said Yarmuth. “Climbing with the stand was easy and the adjustments on the climbing cables were simple and quiet. I was able to get much higher in the tree than with a standard hang-on or ladder stand.” Welded aluminum construction results in a tree stand that quieter to climb, and the adjustable seat, cushioned armrests, and padded climbing seat bar makes it “the most comfortable stand that I have had the pleasure to use.”
Here’s an interesting experiment: the next time you eat, place your food on the table and lower your nose to touch your food. Now, try looking around. What you see doesn’t compare to a deer’s line of vision, which encompasses a much wider scope than our own. Thanks to the deer’s horizontally elongated pupils, they have a 300-degree panoramic view of their surroundings (compared to our limited 120-degree visual field). Plus, their eyes are able to rotate in different directions—a function called “cyclovergence.” For this reason, taking aim while deer graze isn’t advised.
Named an “Outdoor Life Great Buy,” Summit’s Peak is the ultimate choice for tree stand comfort. “The height-adjustable, trampoline-style seat will keep posteriors happy, and it silently lifts out of the way for standing shots,” making this tree stand ideal for all-day hunting trips. Its integrated footrest and padded armrest add to the comfy appeal of this hang-on tree stand, and at this price point, is one of the most affordable, high-quality products on the market.
Every deer season, hunters anticipate their first sighting of a fresh buck rub. It marks the beginning of mating rituals that render bucks less cautious than normal—and thus the signal that hunting season is in full force. Most hunters know that deer deposit scent (i.e., primer pheromones) when they scrape their antlers against trees, but did you know that different types of rubs indicate buck maturity, size, and behavior patterns?
“The rubber coated Talon Bracket is strapped to the tree with a tough webbing strap and, once in place, allows the hunter to haul up the stand and install it in less than 30 seconds,” says Petersen’s Bowhunting’s review of the Summit Raptor Series Hawk Hang On. “Another advantage of the Talon Bracket System is the ability to purchase multiple brackets and place them on trees at a variety of hunting locations,” allowing hunters to ambush game from different trees.
“The average hunter, like you or me, doesn’t typically have all the high level data at our finger tips to make educated observations. That said, we’re fortunate that this kind of data is actually made available for us,” says Wired to Hunt, which condenses the best of the 2015 Whitetail Report for its readers. “If you’re an avid whitetail hunter and/or concerned about the current state of deer and deer hunting in North America, this is a must read.”
“The Goliath [is] for bow hunters of all shapes and sizes,” says a review from Bowhunter magazine. The Goliath SD is a specialty tree stand. Created for bow hunters who are “real-man-sized,” this “large climbing tree stand has a weight rating of 350 pounds and features a large climber that gives big hunters more room to move around.” This stand, although capable of holding more weight than most tree stands, is very light on its own. Summit Treestands wants deer hunters to be safe above all else.