You’ve all been there, you have the perfect spot picked out for your treestand; trails cross, water and cover collide, it’s the funnel of all funnels for deer movement and there isn’t a decent tree in site. Not to worry almost every situation can be remedied with the help of some scrap and a small metal fab shop.
Most folks consider their gun or bow to be the most useful deer hunting tool, I believe a chainsaw is number one closely followed by a small welding/metal shop, or access to one. I don’t go a week without welding, fixing, improving something I use in the deer woods.
My problem began with a great tree that has produced many deer over the years and it finally gave way to fatigue, a rotted base and heavy winds. When your favorite tree goes down you look for one close by. The only available tree happened to stick out like a sore thumb and no background cover. Still has to be done, it’s one of those spots.
When the heart of a metal fabricator, pack rat, deer hunter and longtime Macgyver fan come together you just build cover around your tree. It isn’t pretty and I’m sure I’ll get some laughs but he who wraps his hands around antlers laughs last!
Project “backdrop” consisted of an old used artificial Christmas tree, a couple of side rails off a bent ladder stand, spray paint, and a few ratchet straps. Total cost including welding wire is about $10
Simply weld the artificial limbs on the scrap metal tubes, paint it camo to match the surroundings and hang beside the stand. The branches are flexible enough to be bent around bow holders and pack hooks, etc. It’s cheap easy and as ridiculous as it looks I’m certain it will work in giving a little more cover and reduce the chance of being sky-lined by a weary buck.
Good luck this season and God bless,
Matt Cheever ~ Flatlander