How To Build A Deer Stand
Deer are delicious but wily creatures, and if you know how to build a deer stand, you can increase your chances of hunting success. Positioning yourself above the deer decreases the likelihood that they will spot or smell you. A deer stand can also give you a better view of game, and, depending on how it is constructed, can offer some protection from the elements.
To build a deer stand, you will need:
- A big, sturdy tree with a clear view of your favorite game trail.
- Three ratcheting straps, 8' - 16' long, depending on the girth of your tree.
- Five 2" x 4" boards, 8' long. If you are a really big guy, consider 2" x 6" boards instead.
- Plywood or wood for decking, one 24" x 16" deck for a seat and a 24" x 28" deck for the floor. (Thee more 8 foot 2" x 4" boards if using new.)
- 12 carriage bolts, 2" or better
- Box of 2" deck screws
- Power drill and driver
- A buddy, kid, or your wife for a quick measurement
- A tape measure
- Cut two of the boards into 52", 16", and 28" pieces. Cut one board into two 48" pieces. Cut the final two boards into 24" pieces.
- The two 48" pieces are the uprights that go against the tree. Make a box 24" wide and 28" deep. Drill holes for the carriage bolts through the uprights and through the back of the floor frame. Bolt the floor frame to the uprights. Use boards or two sheets of plywood screwed down to the top of the box for a floor. If you use plywood, drill holes in it to drain water.
- Attach another box in the same fashion, 24" wide by 18" deep, about 20" above the floor for a seat. Measure the distance from your butt to the ground in your favorite lawn chair and see if that works for you. Cover the seat with planks or scrap wood.
- Lean the uprights against the wall with the floor and seat attached and take a seat. Get your gun or bow and position yourself as though you were taking a shot. Measure your arm position to check the height of your shooting rail, generally around 42".
- Screw together a 24" x 24" box for the hunting rail and use carriage bolts to attach it. Position one of the 52" boards at the top of the stand where the shooting rails meet the uprights. Placing the board at an angle, bring it down near the front of the floor frame so that it also intersects the seat frame. Mark the location that the board meets the frames.
- Drill holes for the carriage bolts through the angled support board. Drill holes for the carriage bolts through the top rail where it joins to the uprights, the frame of the seat, and the frame of the floor. Bolt it all together and make sure it is nice and sturdy in the safety of your garage. You can then loosen the carriage bolts to fold up your deer stand and transport it to the field. Use the ratcheting straps to attach your deer stand to the tree.
- Now that you know how to build a deer stand, you can enhance the basic design. Make the uprights taller and add a roof. If you don't like a wooden seat, skip building the seat and haul up a folding chair. You can also attach netting, fabric, or branches to the frame for additional concealment and protection from the elements.
WARNING: Many hunting accidents take place due to falls from tree stands. This stand has a safety/shooting rail, but it is still advisable to wear a harness at all times. Use a rope to haul gear up and down. Every guy who fell out of a tree stand thought it would never happen to him. Wear your safety gear so you don't run the risk of seriously injuring or even killing yourself.