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This section features several "home-made" deer stands.

 When building a deer stand from scratch; insist on building one that is safe, comfortable and affordable. Consider using some of the techniques used in the following deer stands:

 Re-print permission for the Scheierl Deer Stand obtained from the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association.

 

 

Steel Cage Ladder Deer Stand 3' x 3' x 3'.

 This steel stand was made at home in the shop then hauled up to our hunt camp. Here the gals are getting ready to haul the stand to the hunt site.

At the hunt site, branches were cleared from the tree chosen to anchor the deer stand. A chain was attached to the tree about 16 feet off the ground. The chain and a pulley were used to pull the stand upright.

Ground Crew held ladder while chain was attached to the tree.

There are two components to the deer stand: a cage and a ladder. The ladder is pinned to the cage with door hinges. The cage was welded together using one inch tubular steel.

A chain pulley was attached to the deer stand cage.

The deer stand was raised one click at a time.

Going up! The ladder just trailed behind.

Almost all the way up.

Top of cage was anchored to tree with lag bolts.

Bottom of cage was anchored to tree using lag bolts.

Deer stand was skirted using industrial strength landscape fabric. The fabric breaks up the wind and hides most of the hunter's body. Ladder provides access and supports the deer stand. A ratchet strap attached to each side of the cage then around tree provides redundant safety. It took about one hour to erect and anchor this deer stand. This is a comfortable deer stand. The seat can be reversed 180 degrees. We have hunted for four seasons out of this stand and another that is very similar. The stands are safe and functional -- no complaints! 

 

Beef Eater Wooden Deer Stand

This deer stand was built in 2005 using all treated lumber. So far it is holding up to the weather fairly well. Only minor repairs have been required.

Close-up of platform. Entry is gained by sliding landscape fabric to the left.

 

Beef Eater Wooden Deer Stand Version 2

This Beef Eater deer stand was built in 2009 using all treated lumber.

Frontal shot.

Side shot.

 

Traditional Wooden Deer Stand

Common everyday deer stand built using all treated lumber.

 

Enclosed Box Stand (40" x 48" x 6 1/2')

This box stand was built at home using 2" x 2" framing and Smart Siding. We used the GrandStandPlans that we purchased from Magness Enterprises @ http://www.grandstandplans.com/ The plans are well thought out and saved us a lot of grief and time. Once built, it was hauled up to our hunting land - April 2011.

We used two trailers to haul all of the materials out to the hunt site. Here is one of the trailers crossing one of many swamps that we encountered.

Here's the entire moving crew.

Don't know who was having more fun...grumppa or grand daughter?

This trailer fell into a hole which caused the ATV to become stuck. Three ATVs were hooked together to get the trailer unstuck and out of the mudhole.

We just barely cleared this downfall, good thing we were paying attention!

Janet Jackson had her wardrobe malfunction and we had our equipment malfunction! Trailer hitch bent because the load was placed too far back on the trailer.

Here we are at the stand site. Moving the base platform into assembly position.

Moving the box stand into assembly position.

Shown below are the gals yucking it up!

Here we are attaching the legs to the platform base. We used steel corner brackets that were manufactured by Elevators, LLC in Marcellus, MI, (888)4GO-HUNT, www.elevatorsllc.com   The corner brackets provide the correct angles and are built to last. We are very pleased with their ease of use, engineering and manufacturing quality. Once the legs were attached we nailed on cross braces to increase the strength and eliminate wobble.

We used a chain and pulley to get the box stand upright.

Chain and pulley used to pull the box stand erect.

Box stand balancing on the pivotal point, man power used to upright.

After the box stand was upright and leveled, we installed glass into the window frames and caulked around the glass to keep out the snow and rain. With a small heater, this stand is toasty warm come November when the winds are howling and the snow is flying!

Here's the stand in finished state. 
After using the stand for the 2011 deer hunt season, I've concluded that a few improvements are in order;  1) add peep windows on all four sides so that when you are standing up you can still see around the stand. 2) Get a thicker cushion for the seat.

My "Tower" deer stand did not survive 100 MPH straight line winds during a devastating July 2011 storm. You could say; "Another one bites the dust."