Do Ladder Stands Spook Deer?

I just bought a ladder stand and I was wondering if this kind of stand will spook the deer.  How long should I let it sit before I hunt that stand? -- Jeff Dearing, Canton, Ill.

LADDER STANDS SPOOKING BUCKS?

Jeff Dearing asks if ladder stands spook deer and if so, how long must he wait before hunting a recently installed ladder stand?

Deer will get used to almost anything if it is in their environment long enough.  I have a friend who is convinced that if he could stand in the middle of his clover food plot day and night for two weeks the deer would start feeding all around him even though he looked and smelled like a person.  I will let him be the test pilot on that one, but the point is well made — deer will adapt quickly to things they have tested and found to be harmless.


I think Larry's two weeks is a good low-end standard.  A month is better, but if the stand is up for at least two weeks prior to you hunting it, I think the deer will be moving past it without stopping to stare at it all the time.


Another important aspect of ladder stands has to do with where you place them.  I always try to place my stands on the back of the tree (away from the direction I expect the deer to approach) whenever possible.  This way the deer aren't as apt to see me.  With a ladder stand, you are more likely to be in the open than with other stand types because the nature of the design requires that a branch free part of the tree is required.  Setting up on the backside of the tree is a big part of assuring that deer won't see you.  Yes, you will probably have to stand to shoot, but that is better than having the deer staring and snorting at you.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

CenterPoint CP400 Crossbow – First Look

CenterPoint CP400 Crossbow – First Look

CenterPoint Archery evolves in design and performance with the introduction of the new CP400 Crossbow.

Ravin Broadheads – 3 New Mechanicals

Ravin Broadheads – 3 New Mechanicals

Designed exclusively for their crossbows, Ravin has announced three new mechanical broadheads to maximize penetration and overall performance.

Center Shots: How to Improve Your Bow Tuning

Center Shots: How to Improve Your Bow Tuning

Field editor Bill Winke goes over steps you can take to improve the tuning on your bow.

Springtime Turkey Hunt

Springtime Turkey Hunt

Kevin Steele and the boys are bowhunting turkeys with the help of some well-placed decoys.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Follow these 4 steps to early-season success. Whitetail

How to Pattern Bucks in the Early Season

Clint Casper

Follow these 4 steps to early-season success.

Paper makes perfect when it comes to bowhunting. How-To

How to Paper Tune a Bow

Patrick Meitin

Paper makes perfect when it comes to bowhunting.

This tasty venison lasagna recipe is the perfect wild game meal to serve at a potluck or large family gathering. Recipes

Best Venison Lasagna Recipe

Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley

This tasty venison lasagna recipe is the perfect wild game meal to serve at a potluck or large...

Bill Winke explains the benefits of both shooting techniques. How-To

Shooting Your Bow With One Eye Versus Two

Bill Winke

Bill Winke explains the benefits of both shooting techniques.

See More Trending Articles

More Whitetail

Are deer-reduction efforts hurting the general whitetail population more than the disease itself? Whitetail

CWD: What Have We Accomplished and What Lies Ahead?

Jason Snavely

Are deer-reduction efforts hurting the general whitetail population more than the disease...

Understanding these phases can help you fine-tune your hunting strategy to specific stages of rutting behavior. Whitetail

Basic Biology of the Whitetail Rut

Bob Humphrey

Understanding these phases can help you fine-tune your hunting strategy to specific stages of...

There's water, water everywhere, which means you need to be strategic about the sources you hunt. Whitetail

Is a Water Source Important for Deer Hunting?

Bob Humphrey

There's water, water everywhere, which means you need to be strategic about the sources you...

These recent findings can help you better manage your buck population. Whitetail

New Deer Management Study: Small-Antlered Bucks & Stump Sprouts

Jason Snavely - August 10, 2020

These recent findings can help you better manage your buck population.

See More Whitetail

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get Digital Access.

All Petersen's Bowhunting subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now