Shooting lanes

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  1. carbon-arch

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    I purchased my first two tree stands this year, one climber and one ladder stand. It was rather interesting the first time practicing with the climber......Tree stands aren`t the norm around here (Washington) although they seem to be becoming more popular. I`m looking for some advice from experienced tree stand folks. How do you clear your shooting lanes of the brush that is too high up to reach from the ground? Do you carry a hand operated telescoping pole saw in with you? It`s a thick jungle in this rain forest.
     
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    With my stands that I leave up all season (I hunt private land) I trim all my shooting lanes before the season opens. I usually bring a buddy with & I sit in my stand & direct him which limbs to cut then we switch spots just to get a second set of eyes in case there was something I missed.


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    You will never regret spending extra $ on a quality polesaw, one with a hook at the end of the blade that prevents you from pulling the blade all the way thru and off a branch. I have a fiskars saw that I love.
     
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    Bring a friend, you can (will) trim too much and leave yourself exposed. It is easy to get carried away with a gas powered saw.
    That is why I bought a friend this year to help me, best money ever spent.
     
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    I just carry in a folding saw and a small ratchet strap. I will cut a small tree or fairly straight limb about 1 1/2 dia. I saw a flat spot on one end (often the fatter end) and strap the saw onto the stick. Cut away. Need more reach cut longer stick. Leave stick at stand site for later trimming since I always carry saw and strap in pack.

    Another option is a cable saw. This is a flexible blade tied to a rope on each end and you toss one end over the limb and pull back and forth to cut off limb. Good ones work well and light to carry.
     
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    I just carry in a folding saw and a small ratchet strap. I will cut a small tree or fairly straight limb about 1 1/2 dia. I saw a flat spot on one end (often the fatter end) and strap the saw onto the stick. Cut away. Need more reach cut longer stick. Leave stick at stand site for later trimming since I always carry saw and strap in pack.

    Another option is a cable saw. This is a flexible blade tied to a rope on each end and you toss one end over the limb and pull back and forth to cut off limb. Good ones work well and light to carry.
     
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    This for sure.
     
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    Well before season with a pole chainsaw attachment on my weedeater and a gas hedgetrimmer, makes quick work of most everything
     
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    I've got an electric pole saw that comes in handy for trimming shooting lanes.


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    I use the telescoping loppers with a pull rope. I have an echo pole saw also but it's heavy and loud so if I can't get it with the loppers, it stays.
     
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    If you trim up by your Treestand while the leaves are make sure you take into consideration what it will look like when the leaves fall. I have made one maybe two setups a little bare from middle of summer trimming, once the snow flew and I went out there I felt like a sitting duck


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    Thanks for the great advice. I will be taking my son out to help me clear the lanes.
     

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