I don't hunt from tree stands because where I live there are no trees big enough to hang a stand. I do however, hunt from deer blinds we have built. It depends on the terrain and ground cover on whether or not you need elevation. Here the terrain is basically flat with a few draws and creekbeds. I hunt over plowed fields from an atv or ground blind. When the ground cover, like CRP, is mature and tall, I usually set up in one of my deer blinds. That gives me about 8' of elevation and really allows me a great field of view.
I like to keep all the options open. Usually hunt from the ground, but on one particular occasion where we called and had howls & barks but "no show" we backed out and went back a few days later w/climbers. Got up in the air, called in two and got one. Hunting in Maine, it's sometimes advantageous to get up in a tree to increase visibility. To each his own...
I went out Saturday morning 6AM to 1:30PM. Three to 4 feet of snow on the ground. I only sank 20 inches with snowshoes, once removed sank another 2 feet. A perfect ground blind. One came in up wind, didn't expect it, either got my scent, movement, one bark and it was gone in a flash. Going to try this evening(full moon) in another area where the snow is about 1 foot deep.
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