Tripod stands offer deer hunters a combination of camouflage, ease of set-up, and mobility when it comes to hunting situations. Homemade tripod stands are cheap, lightweight, and relatively easy to build -- assuming you have some basic welding tools and skills.
Homemade tripods come in a few different configurations, but the basic materials needed to build are relatively uniform. All tripods are made of three metal legs of the same height. Sometimes a separate ladder is added to access the shooting platform, or, in some cases, one leg is made to be the ladder. The height of your homemade tripod blind will depend on the type of cover in which you hunt. The legs support a platform and seat upon which the hunter rests while hunting. Surrounding the hunter on many homemade tripod stands is a metal shooting rail covered by camouflage material to break up the hunter's outline.
Whatever the exact configuration you settle on for building your homemade tripod, you will need some welding equipment to assemble your new stand. Weld the three metal legs to the shooting platform such that they come off the platform at the same angle to prevent having a lopsided stand. When adding your seat, make sure you use a lightweight plastic seat mounted on a swivel to give you the option of shooting in any direction. Also, when adding the shooting bar, make sure to weld it to the shooting platform at a height that will allow you to comfortably rest your rifle for shooting.
Homemade tripod stands offer deer hunters two main advantages when it comes to bagging big bucks. The first is that they elevate the hunter away from the deer's usual line of sight. The second is that a camouflage enclosure around the hunter will break up his outline and obscure any movements that would spook a trophy deer. For a homemade tripod stand, choose camouflage fabric to go around the shooting bar to cover the hunter's movement and outline. Choose a camouflage pattern that is as similar to the surround flora as possible.
The key to placing your homemade tripod stand in a fruitful hunting location is scouting, according to Bass Pro Shops. Even the finest homemade tripod stand won't help if you place it in an area without deer. Spend some time before the hunting season begins looking for signs of deer in areas you want to hunt. Look for tracks, scrapes, and droppings. When you find a corridor along which you believe deer to be moving, set up your tripod stand there and see what happens.
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