When using climbing stands you are much more exposed to the deer simply because you need the tree void of limbs to climb. We either choose trees with bare trunks to climb or cut limbs off on the way up if they are not too big and or make too much noise.
One of the small tricks I like to use to help conceal my climber is to carry four to six med to large zip ties, and use the cut limbs and zip tie them strategically to my stand. This helps break up the stand’s outline as well as the hunter’s and can help mask some movement.
Another thing that is effective, is to find a thick cedar tree or conifer tree and cut 2 to 3-foot branches with plenty of green foliage. Place them on the side rails of both the seat portion and platform of the stand and zip tie securely. If you do this correctly, you can still pack your stand up and carry it out with the limbs attached. Allowing you to use these same limbs for an extended period.
Your local Hobby Lobby has artificial branches and plants that can be purchased very inexpensively. They make great cover for both climbers, ladders and hang on stands. These products can be attached via zip ties and can be kept permanently on the stand.
To conceal you ladder stand, attach cover going up the sides of the ladder as well as around the platform. While deer normally do not pay attention to these things, it can help when a stand is newly set up.
Hang-on stands can be concealed very easily in the same manner as a climber by just using zip ties to attach your chosen cover to the side rails of the platform. During the rut when many leaves have already fallen, this can make a big difference in concealment.
Of course, it’s best to utilize great cover in the chosen tree, but we don’t always have that benefit. Being creative and taking a little extra time concealing your stands can mean the difference between success and an unfilled tag.
About the Author: Chris Parrish has won turkey calling contests at the highest level and has hunted up and down this continent. He has a well-honed knowledge of the habits and patterns of mature whitetails — having recorded 22 bucks in the Pope & Young and Boone & Crockett record books. He’s been an ambassador for PRADCO Outdoor Brands as well as many more. Chris has a passion for sharing his knowledge with others, so look for more of his articles here and at Moultrie Products and Summit Stands.