I saw a post on Archery Talk where the question was asked....."How do you hoist bow / gear into the tree?" I realized by reading the post that sharing my process might be beneficial to some. As a result, I have outlined my process that I feel is very efficient, quiet, and easy to implement.
1. Backpack attached to bottom of climbing rope with carabiner.
2. Retractable hunting hoist attached to backpack.
3. Bow attached to end of hunting hoist.
4. Climb up to stand with lifeline attached to prusik knot (Slide up knot as you ascend).
5. Pull up backpack attached to the lifeline and hang on limb (retractable hunting hoist lets out line as you pull up backpack).
6. Pull up bow attached to hunting hoist.
This system eliminates pulling up a ton of weight all at once and makes handling the gear easier vs. trying to unpack a bow that is attached to a backpack. In addition, the backpack serves as a weight to hold the line tight as you slide up the prusik knot. Always remember to keep your anchor point or the prusik knot above you to limit the drop distance if you slip and fall. See the video below illustrating I can go from the ground and have equipment in the stand in just over a couple of minutes.
I recall at the end of the '13 season stepping back and reflecting on the season and what went right and what could have been improved. I thought I should do the same this year. In doing so, I looked back to those past blogs to see exactly what had been posted. To my surprise, I had forgotten that I posted a blog dated 12/30/13 titled Top Draft Pick. This buck became The Iron Buck. The buck I harvested this year was a special deer, so much so that there was something that stood out the previous year enough to cause me to write the blog. So I thought I would look forward into '15, but also reflect on '14 quickly to ensure learnings are captured.
Andy Hayes is a devoted husband and father of 4 kids living in West Central Indiana. Outside of his family, his passion is hunting whitetails. He does not claim to be a professional hunter, but simply wants to share what he learns during his quest to improve whitetail habitat and hunt mature bucks.