Looking into possibly getting a ladder stand to use this fall. So far, I have only hunted out of hang on stands and used climbing sticks for access. There is a tree that I would like to get a stand into but it is too big around for a my chain on stands. My options are to get a ladder stand for the tree or try to use a ratchet strap on my hang on. I know you can have success out of a ladder stand but I have a few concerns. First, the tree is a big oak that will not provide much cover. I worry that a ladder stand would be too noticeable. Also, most of them have arm rests. Since I only bowhunt, i worry that the arm rests will get in the way when drawing my bow. I appreciate your opinions regarding these issues as well as any other info regarding the use of ladder stands. Advantages/Disadvantages, how short is too short, ways to conceal them, how long before the season to put them up so deer can get used to them, stuff like that. Thanks a bunch!
My pursuit of a buck of a lifetime is much like the Chicago Cubs pursuit of a World Series...the season ends with a "wait til next year"