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2 man treestand for use with kid
« on: June 15, 2021, 09:45:15 AM »
Looking at 2 man treestands for deer season with my 6 year old this fall. I'm going to put it up behind my old man's house and can get a side by side right up to the tree so size isn't an issue. There's a really wide range of price and probably quality as well so would love to hear if anyone has a recommendation on a brand or model. He's super excited and can probably call in a coyote or maybe a bear with him up there too. Pretty sure I'll want to get some kind of camo netting for it but should be able to set it up 75ish yards off the trail my normal stand is on which hopefully is far enough to hide all but the biggest wiggles.

Also if anyone has any advice on putting kids in trees with you I'm all ears. It's a short walk from the house and don't plan on sitting more than an hour or so with him. He's super pumped he gets to go so I want to keep it a good experience. Thanks.

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Re: 2 man treestand for use with kid
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2021, 09:59:30 AM »
I have a Muddy 2 person fits 2 230 pound guys and feels pretty sturdy doing it. Make sure to use as many plastic washers as possible and lube as well to reduce noise. Make sure you bring something to occupy him for an hour or 2 (workbooks, games, ipod etc etc), make sure he has his own binos to look thru as well.

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Re: 2 man treestand for use with kid
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2021, 10:30:09 AM »
We will have 2 / two person stands on the property this year for the kids.  One is up and is appears to be very stable and comfortable.  It is the Rivers Edge RE665.  It is a 17' and has a 500 lbs capacity.

I just purchased and actually received in the mail yesterday, the Rivers Edge Lockdown LD202 with a 600lb capacity and has a 21' ladder.  It will be put up next week and I expect it will be every bit as stable as the one we already have. 

Now that both my kids want to hunt deer, we have to have places for them both to sit.....momma doesn't know yet but she will have to suffer with one of them now!!  LOL  Momma bear doesn't like heights so she will get the 17' stand.   :chuckle: :chuckle:

My advise would be the same whether it be a tree stand, ground blind or any other style of hunting.....find a way to keep them occupied while being quiet.  Binoculars for the youngsters are a must so they can explore the wilds with their eyes.  Also, make sure they are comfortable and warm.  A safety harness is a must in my opinion as well, a 17' fall is gonna hurt. 

Happy hunting and I hope your son has a great time. 

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Re: 2 man treestand for use with kid
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2021, 06:06:30 PM »
Yeah he's definitely wearing a safety harness. I don't think mom or grandma would let him out the back door without one. Thanks for the input fellas, I'll have to check those out.

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Re: 2 man treestand for use with kid
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2021, 04:05:23 PM »
Here is the 21 foot rivers edge lockdown 2 man in a tree.  It is solid as a rock.  It is a 3 person job to get it hoisted up.  Me, my wife and my 11 y.o. Son got it done but boy was it a little iffy at times. 

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Re: 2 man treestand for use with kid
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2021, 05:15:39 PM »
I got the muddy 2 man, works fine.

Did a couple of mods


1. Wrapped the cheap camo burlap around the shooting bar so it hung down like a shower curtain.  That shields a lot of movement, sewed it on with aluminum electric fence wire.

2. Added a ratchet strap to go around the tree, you can get it a lot tighter and zero wiggle


You can also add an umbrella in case of rain or snow.


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Re: 2 man treestand for use with kid
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2021, 05:37:14 PM »
I got the muddy 2 man, works fine.

Did a couple of mods


1. Wrapped the cheap camo burlap around the shooting bar so it hung down like a shower curtain.  That shields a lot of movement, sewed it on with aluminum electric fence wire.

2. Added a ratchet strap to go around the tree, you can get it a lot tighter and zero wiggle


You can also add an umbrella in case of rain or snow.

I'm gonna be adding either camo net or burlap as a curtain as well.  I also think I'm gonna stand a couple 8-12 foot branches up next to the ladder just to break up the outline of the ladder.  I will stick one end in the ground and zip tie the other to different parts of the ladder rails to just camouflage a little more. 

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Re: 2 man treestand for use with kid
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2021, 05:58:13 PM »
I got the muddy 2 man, works fine.

Did a couple of mods


1. Wrapped the cheap camo burlap around the shooting bar so it hung down like a shower curtain.  That shields a lot of movement, sewed it on with aluminum electric fence wire.

2. Added a ratchet strap to go around the tree, you can get it a lot tighter and zero wiggle


You can also add an umbrella in case of rain or snow.

I think about the umbrella every time I sit in mine in the rain but I always worry it won't sound natural and will spook the deer. It's also within earshot of the house And barn/shop and we make all sorts of racket whenever I'm over and the deer/bear don't seem to mind but for some reason I'm sure the umbrella would do it.

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Re: 2 man treestand for use with kid
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2021, 06:23:54 PM »
Put it up way in advance
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Re: 2 man treestand for use with kid
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2021, 08:11:56 PM »
Might want to check out Rivers Edge 2man lockdown stand
https://www.huntriversedge.com/Product/rivers-edge-lockdown-21-ft-2-man-treestand-ld202-12968
There are several others that are less expensive.
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Re: 2 man treestand for use with kid
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2021, 08:54:55 PM »
I got the muddy 2 man, works fine.

Did a couple of mods


1. Wrapped the cheap camo burlap around the shooting bar so it hung down like a shower curtain.  That shields a lot of movement, sewed it on with aluminum electric fence wire.

2. Added a ratchet strap to go around the tree, you can get it a lot tighter and zero wiggle


You can also add an umbrella in case of rain or snow.

I think about the umbrella every time I sit in mine in the rain but I always worry it won't sound natural and will spook the deer. It's also within earshot of the house And barn/shop and we make all sorts of racket whenever I'm over and the deer/bear don't seem to mind but for some reason I'm sure the umbrella would do it.

An unbrella is also good in fair weather for breaking your outline against the sky!  :twocents:
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Re: 2 man treestand for use with kid
« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2021, 09:04:43 PM »
I got the muddy 2 man, works fine.

Did a couple of mods


1. Wrapped the cheap camo burlap around the shooting bar so it hung down like a shower curtain.  That shields a lot of movement, sewed it on with aluminum electric fence wire.

2. Added a ratchet strap to go around the tree, you can get it a lot tighter and zero wiggle


You can also add an umbrella in case of rain or snow.

I think about the umbrella every time I sit in mine in the rain but I always worry it won't sound natural and will spook the deer. It's also within earshot of the house And barn/shop and we make all sorts of racket whenever I'm over and the deer/bear don't seem to mind but for some reason I'm sure the umbrella would do it.

An unbrella is also good in fair weather for breaking your outline against the sky!  :twocents:

We bought an umbrella and a ton of camp netting to jazz ours up.  We also thought it would be a great way to darken the sky from critters that look up.   So far the animals donít mind the stand, lots of pics on the cam.
Kind of getting excited to sit in with the kids during hunting season. 

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Re: 2 man treestand for use with kid
« Reply #12 on: June 27, 2021, 09:44:02 PM »
I got the muddy 2 man, works fine.

Did a couple of mods


1. Wrapped the cheap camo burlap around the shooting bar so it hung down like a shower curtain.  That shields a lot of movement, sewed it on with aluminum electric fence wire.

2. Added a ratchet strap to go around the tree, you can get it a lot tighter and zero wiggle


You can also add an umbrella in case of rain or snow.

I think about the umbrella every time I sit in mine in the rain but I always worry it won't sound natural and will spook the deer. It's also within earshot of the house And barn/shop and we make all sorts of racket whenever I'm over and the deer/bear don't seem to mind but for some reason I'm sure the umbrella would do it.

An unbrella is also good in fair weather for breaking your outline against the sky!  :twocents:

We bought an umbrella and a ton of camp netting to jazz ours up.  We also thought it would be a great way to darken the sky from critters that look up.   So far the animals donít mind the stand, lots of pics on the cam.
Kind of getting excited to sit in with the kids during hunting season.

You and me.both! I've had the kids practice staying still and quiet. So far our record is about 90 seconds. We are way ahead of schedule lol.

Appreciate all the suggestions, haven't bought anything yet so feel free to keep them coming.

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Re: 2 man treestand for use with kid
« Reply #13 on: September 22, 2021, 06:44:04 PM »
So I went with the rivers edge lockdown, love it. The seat is not super comfortable but for using with my boys I'm not up there all day anyway and even if I did use it on a longer sit I'm sure I'd be fine. It's rock solid steady, quietest stand I've ever used,  and I'm really looking forward to using it solo next weekend. Thanks for all the advice gentleman. I've had both my boys in it (6&4) and they're having a great time.

Had a bear come in with my 6 year old on stand with me. No kill but he has told everyone he has seen since about it and can't wait to go back to papas house to go hunting!  The camo net doesn't seem to keep the critters from spooking when they hear squeals of excitement though  :chuckle:

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Re: 2 man treestand for use with kid
« Reply #14 on: September 22, 2021, 08:19:10 PM »
So I went with the rivers edge lockdown, love it. The seat is not super comfortable but for using with my boys I'm not up there all day anyway and even if I did use it on a longer sit I'm sure I'd be fine. It's rock solid steady, quietest stand I've ever used,  and I'm really looking forward to using it solo next weekend. Thanks for all the advice gentleman. I've had both my boys in it (6&4) and they're having a great time.

Had a bear come in with my 6 year old on stand with me. No kill but he has told everyone he has seen since about it and can't wait to go back to papas house to go hunting!  The camo net doesn't seem to keep the critters from spooking when they hear squeals of excitement though  :chuckle:

Super Awesome....your boys will love being up there with dad, especially when the critters wonder by.  We have sat in our stand for 4-5 hours at a time and it works great.  If I was pulling an all day'r....I would pack in a pad for my butt. 

 


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