An elevated deer stand in the right location can greatly increase your chances of seeing deer before they see you. Most deer stands are simple tree houses that provide a better line of sight and some shelter from rain or snow. It's possible to build a deer stand condo with conveniences that will allow you to eat, sleep and spend more time in the stand, increasing your chances of seeing more deer.
1. Select a location for your deer stand. Make sure that there aren't any restrictions on building a stand and that your stand is in an area where deer are present. Look for game trails or paths that lead to watering holes.
2. Assemble the metal stand frame. It should be at least 10 feet or more above ground and include a ladder. The dimensions of the kit will determine the size of your condo stand.
3. Attach the 1-inch by 6-inch floorboards to the stand, using a drill and screws to secure them. Most metal deer stands will contain pre-drilled holes that allow you to attach floorboards.
4. Build four wall frames on the ground, using the 2-inch by 4-inch by 8-foot boards, windows and plywood sheets. Each frame should include a window that can be opened and closed quietly. Cut a door in one of the panels, using hinges and an eye hook to secure it to the frame.
5. Lift three frames up to the stand, one at a time. Leave the frame that contains the door on the ground. Wear a safety climbing harness while nailing the frames to the floor. It's best if you get one person to help lift frames from the ground to the stand and another to help steady the frames on the stand while you secure them.
6. Place any furnishings you want into the stand. You might be able to fit a small cot or bed, cooler, portable toilet, comfortable chair and table into the deer condo. Don't use electrical appliances, as the noise may frighten deer.
7. Nail the fourth frame -- the frame with the door -- to the deer stand. Use 2-inch by 4-inch by 8-foot boards as rafters. Bring your ladder into the stand. Nail roofing materials to the rafters, making sure the roof is secure. You may need to use a safety harness and rope to attach the last section or two of roofing material to the rafters.
Items you will need
- Deer stand frame kit
- Flooring, 1-inch by 6-inch boards
- Framing materials, 2-inch by 4-inch by 8-foot boards
- Plywood sheets
- Metal or plastic roofing material
- Climbing harness
- Two hinges
- Eye hook
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