I hunt anywhere from 13' to 17' high in ladder stands. When I'm set up on a steep hill side that 17' stand seems like it's a mile high. I have killed my best bucks out of 13' homemade ladder stands. I think making a blind ,or screen around the top of the stand helps alot, if it can be shot over or moved out of the way of the bow shot.
"Let a young buck go, so he can grow."