Contributors to this thread:
Darwin Treestand Inc.
I just happened to run across this old setup today in the woods. Made me laugh. I know we had some sketchy stuff when I started hunting in the mid 1980s and am so lucky nothing bad ever happened. We used to make stands out of angle iron from bed frames and was in a few Baker stands as well during my early hunting days. I don’t ever recall using plastic chairs. Post Um up if you have one that could be patented by the Darwin Treestand Company…haha.
I found one in Oklahoma last spring while I was hog hunting
No pic, but my first one was in a forked tree, ten foot ladder made of 2x4s with a platform on top and a 2x8 horizontally between the forks to sit on about the height of a bar stool. Surprisingly comfortable ! Killed my first bow buck from that stand. I was a little over thirty at the time so ten feet tall and bulletproof !
This was a real head-scratcher. New Hampshire ingenuity.
Found this one about 10 years ago on some property we were scouting. Wow!
Ugh tobywon, what are you doing on my property? Wife told me to put patio furniture out at road for garbage... duh nooo.... five other stands throughout property, I ain't no fool. ;0)
My first stand was a large branch with a fork in it. I climbed up into it with my Bear Blacktail hunter bow and a couple arrows and stood the whole time. I was young and climbers were still a thing of the future except for 2 by 4's and nails. Gotta say, that chair set up looks like it might be unsafe!??
The old Baker stands weren't much better
If I see an abandoned hang-on or ladder stand in the woods it upsets me, because it’s basically litter. But if I see an ancient wooden stand, I think it’s an interesting piece of history.
Some funny ones here. I agree Jebediah.
Well scentman, you’re in luck because I only found the one, so your five others are still a secret. I agree
Dang, some of those look like BB's old stands...
My first stands as a kid were built by neighbors, who let me use them. Just now, way too many years later, it occurs to me how kind that was.
Did that monkey-boy thing back in the 90's, could scrounge wood, my cost was nails and hammer time. When Loc-On stands came out, and better models later, I never looked back.
I'll still tote a cheap folding chair to a likely spot, but it stays on the ground!
I remember hunting with my dad and finding a half rotten piece of plywood 20 feet up over a couple 2x4s. Dad said “it won’t hold me but you’ll be alright.”