Description: Ladder stand
Where to purchase: Amazon
Rank: 9 out of 10
This ladder stand is specifically designed to be used by a bow hunter. It has a spacious platform (30″ x 26″) which allows the hunter to move around as needed to make the perfect shot. It has a weight capacity of 300 lbs.
I have one of these stands set up in a tree lot that sticks into a finger woodlot. From this stand I have taken quite a few deer from this stand. The platform is large enough to comfortably shoot a bow out of. The seat folds up quietly and gets out of the way when needed.
This ladder stand is very well build and sturdy. At 70 lbs, it is a little on the heavy side with the extra metal used to beef up the ladder and platform. The platform doesn’t move and I’m 280 lbs. I’ve hunted out of ladder stands that move around and flex. This one does not do that at all.
Rivers Edge also makes a few accessories that attach to this stand to help the bow hunter. There is a bow holder and shooting rail that are sold separately.
This stand is not designed to be very mobile. It is heavy and makes noise to put together and put up. I suggest that you put it up somewhere and leave it until the end of the season.
This ladder stand comes with a full body harness. I strongly recommend to always where a safety harness when in the tree. 17 feet to fall can be extremely dangerous or deadly. I always wear one even if they sometimes get in the way. I firmly believe that it is better to miss an opportunity and come home to not come home at all.
Quiet is an understatement when it comes to this stand. Even in the extreme cold it does’t creak or groan. I have had quite a few stands that creak when you move in the cold. Even the seat moves silently. Even leaning out left and right it doesn’t creak. Needless to say noise on a cold morning is not a good thing.
Wrapping it up
This is a very good stand. You can gun hunt from it but it was designed with the bow hunter in mind. I recommend this stand. I haven’t had any issues what so ever in my time using it. Everyone that I have let use it absolutely love hunting out of it.
The platform is worth every cent by itself. The weight is a little much but worth it by being very sturdy and well-built. Get yourself one of these. You will not regret it. Take a person with to help put it up. It can be done with one but a second person is very helpful.
I look forward to seeing and questions or comments below. Thank you for reading my review.