Even when hunting 20-foot off the ground, proper treestand concealment can increase your adds of success. Although a bowhunter may be located well out of a whitetail’s line of sight, these intuitive creatures have a knack for picking out unnatural silhouettes and dark objects in a tree.
Treestand concealment can increase deer encounters
If you’ve bowhunted from a treestand for any amount of time, you’ve probably had a buck or doe come within the vicinity of your setup and stop, look up and leave you wondering how in the world they pinpointed you. Maybe that particular deer didn’t put it into high gear and run into the next county, but it did have an encounter with something unusual and received an immediate education that something wasn’t right. These unfortunate confrontations can cause deer to take a detour the next time they cruise through your area leaving you without a shot opportunity.
Over the years we have learned the importance of treestand concealment and have attempted to locate trees that provide some form of cover to help conceal our location and break up our silhouette. While it’s not always easy to find that perfect tree, taking the time to choose a tree that offers some cover yields positive results.
This year we are employing a tactic for treestand concealment that we believe will allow the deer in the area to grow accustomed to seeing a dark blob in the tree, therefore, giving us more shot opportunities.
Eyehooks and zip ties
Our treestand concealment strategy began by visiting our local hardware store and purchasing some 4-inch eye screws. Next, we bought a bundle of heavy-duty zip ties. After we hung our climbing sticks we screwed the eye screw into the tree directly underneath where our treestand will be placed.
Once the eyehook is installed, we made a brush bundle to hang from the eyehook. In our particular hunting area we have an abundance of cedar trees and the low hanging cedar boughs work perfect for creating a suitable bundle of brush.
After zip tying the bundle of brush together, we then hoist the bundle into the tree and fasten it to the eyebolt with another zip tie. If you hunt an areas that does not allow screwing anything into a tree, the same thing can be accomplished by using a ratchet strap to hold the bundle of brush.
As season progresses and the trees lose more of their leaves, we will be adding more brush to these bundles. Slowing adding to the bundle also keeps a portion of the bundle extremely dark in color.
When bowhunting in an area where there are other treestand hunters, deer can become educated very quickly. Taking the time to add a little treestand concealment can make your setup different than the guy across the fence. If you have any treestand concealment tips we would enjoy hearing from you.