The 10 Best Tree Deer Stands

Updated May 25, 2018 by Sam Kraft

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We spent 43 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. Built for hunters, but also suitable for any wildlife or nature photographer trying to get up close and personal with his or her subjects, these tree deer stands will give you the ideal perch for the perfect shot. They come in a variety of sizes and designs, with features like shooting rails for positioning your gun and safety harnesses to prevent any catastrophic accidents from occurring. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best tree deer stand on Amazon.

10. Sniper Deluxe 2-Man

The Sniper Deluxe 2-Man features a sturdy, roomy perch that's large enough to share with a hunting partner or to stash your gear without cramping your space. The padded shooting rail easily flips up for when you need to quickly adjust the angle of your shot.
  • 500-pound weight capacity
  • includes two safety harnesses
  • rather difficult to set up
Brand Sniper Deluxe
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

9. Guide Gear Hang On

A simple, practical model for casual hunters, the Guide Gear Hang On is compact enough to fit in those dense, hard-to-reach hot spots. Its strong welded seams enable it to hold up to 300 pounds, and its powder-coated surface resists corrosion.
  • quality affordable option
  • seat built with soft foam
  • included straps are not very durable
Brand Guide Gear
Model 56220
Weight 18.5 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

8. Guide Gear Swivel

A nice option for those who prefer to set up in the middle of the action, the Guide Gear Swivel allows you to survey the scene in all directions. Its padded shooting rail wraps around the entire platform, providing a steady surface for lining up your shot.
  • seat rotates 360 degrees
  • makes very little noise
  • padding is not very comfortable
Brand Guide Gear
Model pending
Weight 83.6 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

7. Summit Max

By incorporating foam into the critical points where metal comes into contact with metal, the engineers of the Summit Max have helped prevent noise that could potentially scare away your prey. This model offers plenty of legroom so you don’t feel confined and cramped.
  • has hand-warming pockets
  • includes adjustable stirrups
  • may damage the bark on trees
Brand Summit Treestands
Model SU81116
Weight 34.9 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

6. Millennium M50

At only 20 pounds, the Millennium M50 is one of the most portable models out there today, making it ideal for a quick ambush in tight cover. It folds flat quickly and includes built-in backpack straps that allow you to take it virtually anywhere.
  • seat folds up for standing shots
  • easy-to-use leveling system
  • durable powder-coated finish
Brand Millennium Treestands
Model M-050-SL
Weight 29 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

5. Summit Viper

A dependable solution for the serious buck hunter, the Summit Viper comes with an adjustable full body harness, an instructional DVD, and an intuitive cable retention system. The seat and armrests are fully padded to keep you comfortable for long periods of time.
  • sharp camouflage design
  • sound deadening technology
  • backed by a 5-year warranty
Brand Summit Treestands
Model 81120
Weight 28 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

4. Lone Wolf Hand Climber

A lightweight but highly functional option, the Lone Wolf Hand Climber is easier to set up than most other models. Once you anchor it to a tree with its heavy-duty straps, the seat should remain as stable as a rock thanks to support from its robust steel cables.
  • includes backpack straps
  • built-in bow holder
  • very slim profile when folded
Brand Lone Wolf Treestands
Model 45572
Weight 17.8 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

3. Millennium Monster

A wide platform and the ability to fold the seat up or down make the Millennium Monster a versatile option for hunters who value comfort and flexibility. The angle of the stand is adjustable up to 15 degrees, which simplifies attaching it to slanted trees.
  • seat height is adjustable
  • super secure full body harness
  • has an integrated footrest
Brand Millennium Treestands
Model M-150-SL
Weight 33.5 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

2. Lone Wolf Assault

Few models are easier to level in the tree than the Lone Wolf Assault, so you can feel confident that you’ll have a stable platform to fire from, even if it's a tight squeeze up there in the foliage. Plus, you can pack it down to wear it as a backpack for transport.
  • weighs only 11 pounds
  • strong polyurethane traction belt
  • quick and simple hanging process
Brand Lone Wolf Treestands
Model 45569
Weight 16.3 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

1. Guide Gear Tower

The Guide Gear Tower is a beast, supported by three sturdy steel tripod legs that provide consistent steadiness for your hideaway in the sky. Both seats swivel, so you and a fellow hunter can easily maneuver into a new position without standing up.
  • seats have padded armrests
  • foot pads prevent legs from sinking
  • easy to climb into and out of
Brand Guide Gear
Model pending
Weight 144.9 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

Taking A Stand: Selecting An Ideal Tree Stand

A tree stand is one of the best ways a hunter can ensure he or she comes home having enjoyed a successful hunt. Tree stands are easy to set up and take down and create the ideal platform for taking aim and making the shot count.

Some tree stands come with built-in ladders included, while others require a bit of tree climbing (often using an included safety harness) prior to the installation and use of the stand. It will likely come as no surprise that the stands with ladders tend to cost more than the stands alone. However, it is also worth noting that deer tree stands are not generally very expensive.

The price difference between the more expensive options and the most affordable units is only around one hundred dollars, so you should choose your stand based not on cost but on function. In some cases, for example, a stand with a ladder may not be desirable. An absent ladder may discourage others from climbing up to your stand when you're not using it, and will create only minimal visible disruption to an area so as not to frighten wildlife.

The type of hunting you prefer will of course do much to inform which tree stand is right for you. Most hunters who use rifles will fire their long gun from a seated position, and thus almost any tree stand will be suitable for them. Deer hunters who use a bow and arrow, however, may prefer to conduct their archery while standing. This merits a stand with a larger platform on which the bow hunter can spread his or her feet. If you are a bow hunter, also look for a stand with a large rail around it. This rail can kelp you stabilize yourself as you draw the string and hold your arrow knocked and ready, and can reduce the chance of a fall after you let the arrow fly.

Unlike a hunting blind, which is ideally set up many days (or even weeks) before you will actually use it in order to give deer time to become accustomed to the its presence, tree stands can be set up and used at once. A hunter, wildlife researcher, or photographer perched in a tree stand without a ladder attached is well above a deer's usual line of sight; so long as he or she stays quiet, it is not uncommon to have a deer venture near shortly after the stand has been erected and mounted. Still, any hunter (or wildlife watching enthusiast) can always use a bit of help when in the field -- read on to learn about ways to help ensure your hunt is a success.

Other Accessories To Help The Hunt

The best way to get a clean shot at or photograph of a deer is to lure the animal as close to you as possible. This can be done in myriad ways, but two of the most common are to use a game feeder to ensure regular wildlife visits to a given area or to use a deer call to actively attract deer to your area.

Game feeders are usually mounted on tripods or hung from trees and, when loaded with the right variety of food -- many hunters and wildlife experts swear that corn kernels can't be beaten in this regard -- will regularly attract plenty of deer once the animals learn to trust the feeder.

Active deer calls use one of two approaches to lure in an animal. First, there is the deer rattling approach. This consists of a pair of rattlers that, when clicked and clacked together, recreate the sound of the antlers of two male deer who are locked in a test of strength and will. In the hands of an experienced deer rattler, these calls can lure in other bucks who wish to challenge the males as well as does who want to see which male might be worthy of being her next mate. The other type of deer call usually consists of a mouth blown device that looks rather like a large whistle but which produces various wheezes and grunts (often called challenge noises) that can entice both male and female deer as well.

Even for the shooter with a scope mounted on his or her rifle, a good pair of binoculars can help spot a potential target. Binoculars tend to have a wider field of view and are quicker and easier to focus than a scope. Their use also requires very little movement once they are raised, so they minimize the chance of scaring off an animal. And for the bow hunter or the wildlife watcher, binoculars are a must for spotting those faraway deer, as no rifle scope is even present.

One other item you might not need in all seasons but surely won't regret having when the temperature has dropped is the hand warmer. Whether you choose an electric unit charged up via USB cable or a classic hand warmer fueled by petroleum distillate, a toasty pair of hands can mean the difference between a bagged buck and an empty truck.

A Few Facts About American Deer

There are well over thirty million deer alive in the United States at any one time; this is a robust population figure made all the more impressive given that only a hundred years ago the number had plunged to as low as 500,000 animals alive in America.

Of the tens of millions of deer alive today, the vast majority are white tailed deer, which represent as much as 88 percent of the population. White tailed deer can be found in all 48 of the lower continental states (and in Mexico and Canada, as well). The remaining deer consist largely of the blacktail and mule deer varieties.

Deer's eyes can see only a few colors. They are red-green color blind (as are some humans), which means they cannot see shades of red, which appear the same as shades of green or orange in their view. Deer can differentiate between blue and green and might even see some shades of red as different than blue/green, but they cannot detect the longer wavelengths of the red colors with any clarity. They do, however have excellent night vision thanks to the many rods the deer's eye contains.

In the wild, most white tailed deer live for less than five years -- in captivity, their lifespan can triple this figure.

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Last updated on May 25, 2018 by Sam Kraft

Sam is a marketing/communications professional and freelance writer who resides in Chicago, IL and is perpetually celebrating the Cubs’ 2016 World Series victory.

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