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    Wait,wait.i didn't read it correctly you can't climb any higher because of a branch?Cut the g damn thing!It's very rare that I hang a new stand and don't have to cut branchs.but a 10ft hooeyman.
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    You could easily put a lock on and climbing stix beyond the branch and get higher...Alternatively, you could unhook the seat portion of your climber and position it above the branch and re-attach so the platform is below and seat is above...you get a few extra feet out of that and the branch helps with concealment
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    Quote Originally Posted by mzw View Post
    Wait,wait.i didn't read it correctly you can't climb any higher because of a branch?Cut the g damn thing!It's very rare that I hang a new stand and don't have to cut branchs.but a 10ft hooeyman.
    It's pretty darn thick. I almost would need a chainsaw to get it down. For next year I'll be cutting and clearing this spot for sure...but I was just thinking I'd hunt it as best I could this year (don't want to wake the deer with my sawing this time of year)....but I'll think about it. I might be able to get it done with a handsaw.

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    For next year I'll be cutting and clearing this spot for sure
    Use extreme caution in deciding to cut...the thickness might be what the deer like best about it and if you go cutting it up, you could just ruin the spot.....
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    I hunted 10 or so feet up this year and got busted a bunch. I was at the top of a slight slope and when they looked up it appeared I was like 4 feet off the ground. I was able to finally shoot one who came in from behind me and I wasn't in their line of sight...low is tough but so is the ground if you aren't well camo'd/hidden.
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    I've become more fond of ground hunting over the years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dlist777 View Post
    It's pretty darn thick. I almost would need a chainsaw to get it down. For next year I'll be cutting and clearing this spot for sure...but I was just thinking I'd hunt it as best I could this year (don't want to wake the deer with my sawing this time of year)....but I'll think about it. I might be able to get it done with a handsaw.
    Go mid day, and cut the limb, as long as it's a good hand saw you can do just about any size branch on a tree that you can fit a climber on. Might take a little while but very possible. I know it would sick to make multiple cuts but If it's that big of a branch I would start one cut out away from the tree so when it falls it clears you. Make a cut underneath the limb a little less then half way then cut from the top side so you get a clean cut without the limb swinging into yourself or the tree. Then you can cut it close to the tree so you can climb the tree

    And if the spot is that promising I wouldn't clear the spot next year, might clip a few branches for clear shots in a few spots but making large shooting lanes could change their trails to avoid being wide open. I've seen mature deer come down trails towards shooting lanes that cut into brush to avoid shooting lanes especially bucks So I avoid shooting lanes anymore just look to set up near natural open spots on well used trails, if I gotta clip one or two branches so be it but never would describe it as clearing areas

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    But overall I still say a lock on is your best bet, could set it up in 20-30 mind relatively quietly and not have to change anything in the area

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    I hunt from ground all the time with a ghost blind,They don't even see me. Had a doe 8ft from me last week.This morn i was sitting on ground just in camo.Went to change position and didn't see or here the 2 does 20 yards from me.I just stood still after they ran a bit.They were looking but didn't see me next to tree.Of course i couldn't draw bow or they would have run.Just didn't want them to not come back another day.
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    With practice you can set a fixed stand and a set of of Lone Wolf or Muddy steps pretty fast. There is a method to every madness. Ground hunting can pay off big with the right set up. A lot depends on the cover available and the ability to sit still. I'm a fan of natural blinds like blow downs and shrub cover to hide in. I'm not a big fan of same day ground blinds.
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