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Old 04-29-2019, 06:53 PM
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I use both and also hunt with a ghillie suit as well. Each have their own distinct advantage. It depends on what area and or terrain you want to hunt. It also depends on weapon of choice as well. For instance if hunting with bow then I exclusively use tree stand and or ghillie suit up in well covered tree. Yea I do climb trees if they are climber friendly. It actually gives you better camouflage than being on a stand. Either way the point is when using a bow I have to be elevated. With firearm or muzzleloader I add the ground to my options.

The best thing about a blind is that it hides your movements. Aside from scent and noise, the one thing that always seems to bust me when on the ground is my movement. You try to move slowly, raise your shotgun but if you aren’t deliberate enough...,busted. A blind takes care of that. However I don’t use commercial blinds. They stick out like a sore dumb. I make my blind before the season with natural vegetation. I frame out a square front and then attach chicken wire in a downward spiral slope. Then inside layer the roof with poly to help keep my scent in.

On the outside I layer it with dead vegetation, dead trees, etc;. I use zip ties to secure bigger pieces. This provides a platform for smaller pieces. I mostly only use this method in the thicker deeper areas. Best thing is that inside the blind you can move freely....spend the night if you want too in order to have a fresh morning hunt with no worry about spooking deer as you move into your hunting location.

The one thing I don’t like about tree stands is that they limit you. They restrict you. I usually use a tree stand in high traffic areas if just looking for meat. However more often than not because it offers me the most flexibility, I like hunting with a ghillie suit with either a muzzleloader, Handgun, or shotgun. That is my preferred method of hunting.