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Deer Hunting in Louisiana

Portable Tripod Deer Stands

Anyone know a good place to find a portable,lightweight tripod deer stand? I'm going to be using it in the marsh and need something light and easy to carry around.

The closest one I found that might work for me is the summit x-pod but it weights in around 100 pounds.
December 09, 2008 at 9:09pm
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timo85 Profile Photo
Posted December 09, 2008 at 9:16pm
deer stands

Dicks sporting goods by the mall of LA has incredible prices on deer stands, I'm not sure about tripod stands, but lean on stands are only $50. you might want to try Academy too I know for sure they have em.

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TaggedOutHunting Profile Photo
Posted December 09, 2008 at 9:19pm
ameristep

Ameristep Raptor is Aluminum. Good luck. R. Eaton www.ameristep.com

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bigjim Profile Photo
Posted December 09, 2008 at 9:35pm
Portable tripod

My friend bought a pair of aluminum collapsible tripods made for surf fishing. They only weigh around 25 to 30 pounds max maybe less. He found them in a surf fishing machine. They use them to surf fish in the gulf to get above breaker waves and for vision. They take about 8 seconds to open up, have a small folding plastic boat seat and an aluminum platform. I welded the feet closed and added a brace to stiffen the platform and they are awesome and he painted them asat camo. They were a little pricey but worth it, in the $300s.

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Jason-L Profile Photo
Posted December 09, 2008 at 9:37pm
Tripods

Timo85: Ladderstand isn't going to work where I'm hunting because there is no trees.

The ameristep raptor looks cool but it can only be like 6 foot or so tall to the foot platform. I'm looking for something lightweight like that but around 10 foot tall to the foot platform. Thanks though. That's one of the better options I've found though.

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Jason-L Profile Photo
Posted December 09, 2008 at 9:48pm
Bigjim

Bigjim,

Where do you find a surf fishing platform at? I searched for them on the internet but couldn't find them.

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Du-Baby Profile Photo
Posted December 10, 2008 at 6:59am
MARSH

I have gone to Atchafalaya Delta WMA and seen some guys using some portable tripods. These looked to be about 12 feet tall with a boat seat and a small round platform all the way around. Sure could use them where I hunt in Avoyelles. Always wondered where I could get a few. I am good at building and welding. If anyone has pics or knows where I can get one or a pattern I would greatly appreciate it. I think this may be what your looking for as well.

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Ricky Aucoin, Louisiana Sportsman field reporter Profile Photo
Posted December 10, 2008 at 7:38am
Here is the link

Jason I found one for $350. Here is the link. http://www.tacticalandhuntinggear.net/pd_ameristep_the_nontypical_raptor_tripod.cfm It weighs 40 lbs.

ruger109 Profile Photo
Posted December 10, 2008 at 7:54am
Wheels

Mount some 12" wheels on that Raptor and you are in man!!!!!!

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T-Will Profile Photo
Posted December 10, 2008 at 8:28am
Academy Sports

Has tri-pods up to 16 ft tall , a 16 ft stand is about 13'9" to foot platform

http://www.academy.com/index.php?page=content&target=products/outdoors/hunting/stands_tripod

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bigjim Profile Photo
Posted December 10, 2008 at 8:55am
Aluminum tripod

Jason my friend found them in a surf fishing catalogue but they are only 6 ft tall. Work great for bow hunting hunting trails in marsh. It's a pretty simple build and you have to assemble nothing, just open it up and climb on. No pins or anything. We drop people off in the boat and you walk out into the marsh with it on your shoulder and just open it up and climb up. We only use 6 ft because you can put it behind a willow or myrtle or canes for cover to stand and draw, any higher wouldn't work for us.

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Jason-L Profile Photo
Posted December 10, 2008 at 8:56am
Tripods

Hoyt-72: Yep that's what I'm looking for. Something that I can carry in and out for hunting on a refuge where trees are not around.

Ricky: Thanks for the link.

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Jason-L Profile Photo
Posted December 10, 2008 at 1:04pm
Tripods

Bigjim: I see. 6 foot might work for me too. I just need stomething to put up in the canes/willows/myrtles too and I'm going to need good cover.

Any othe marsh hunters out there have any ideas?

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Jason-L Profile Photo
Posted December 15, 2008 at 9:21am
Tripods

Bumping this one up one more time for any other suggestions or plans where someone made a portable tripod.

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kwackiller Profile Photo
Posted December 15, 2008 at 9:51am
tripods

Jason,

If you have access to a mig welder, I made 2 of them 5 foot high out of EMT conduit. Mine has 4 legs with the front 2 actually a ladder. I made a 4' diameter ring with 1/2" emt conduit & used 1/2" plywood for the platform. I have a small swivel seat mounted to the platform. The legs & ladder are made w/3/4" emt. I welded 4 - 8" long 1" dia. pipe to the platform ring so the legs would slide into them. I have the back 2 legs pinned & adjustable to get the stand level. The legs have thin plates welded at the bottom to keep them from sinking too much. They work perfect for the marsh. I set them up in willows or rouseau cane. I've killed several deer using them. 2 of them (a 6 & 8 pt) were within 10 yards & never knew what hit em. The entire setup weighs maybe 30-40 pounds & only cost me about 50 bucks each to build.

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jpn1376 Profile Photo
Posted September 25, 2012 at 9:02pm
these look decent

http://www.backcountryjournal.com/podz.htm

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