Practice for the treeless?

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  1. beej32

    beej32 Member

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    I may be in the minority, but I live in a subdivision with no climbable trees in my yard to practice from- either climbing or shooting. My regular hunting ground is also a solid 1.5 hours away. For anyone in a similar position, I'm curious about approaches you've found for practicing- anything like nearby public ground, city parks, friends with land, etc.?
     
  2. Wolverinebuckman

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    My grandpa lives close by and has lots of trees, so I'll spend much time there this summer. We also have a public park nearby that has a wooded area. Shouldn't be a problem if no tree damage is being done. Can't speak for shooting , though. Probably should check with local authority to be sure you can.
     
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    For testing gear I drilled a .75" hole in a ceiling joist in the basement and run rope thru that.
     
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    For shooting you'll need to find someone with land, but you can practice hanging or most of the climbing methods on any type of park you're allowed on. I don't have great climbing trees in my yard so I'll often run down the street to the wildlife preserve to practice a new climbing method.
     
  5. Mint

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    I'm in the same boat as you except that I have a huge sycamore in my yard. I'm going to try to rig and eye bolt to tie off on to practice from. Otherwise I can go to my archery club 20 minutes away but can't climb off the ground.
     
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    I climb in the back of a city park nearby.
    I get back far enough off the trails that most people won’t walk by, and just know that I’m going to look pretty goofy if they do.


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  7. beej32

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    So in doing this, is it correct that you're essentially dangling vertically from your tether, which is anchored almost directly overhead? I've considered something like this using the beam on the kids' swingset, but I'm not sure how helpful that'd actually be.
     
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    I am currently using an overhead hookup to test and build my fleece saddle. I haven't gotten to actually hanging properly from a tree yet for comparison , but I don't think it is a fair representation of what having a tree in front of me will be like. I don't like it.
     
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    You can impart a lean into it for testing things, just like most folks lean off the platform. You can even wear Crocs, no one will care. :)

    Also useful (and safer) for testing rappel at low heights.
     
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    If I were to attach to a ceiling joist it would be where the ceiling meets a wall. Then you could sit or lean with knees to the sheet rock. I have a security light in the back mounted on a wood light pole. I test steps and sticks on it. I also shoot from it but don’t climb very high.
     
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    Install a telephone pole
     
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    Doesn’t anybody use his ex’s stripper pole?


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  13. DaveT1963

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    I do not "dangle" from my saddle to take a shot. I am more often then not leaning or standing and it is not really much different then while taking a shot from the ground or an elevated platform. I practice off a roof to get my sight picture from shooting from a tree - just don't think it is necessary, for my instinctive style shooting, to be wearing a saddle at hunting height to practice - but it certainly wouldn't hurt any. 99% of my shooting is what is often referred to as stump shooting..... but then again I don't take long range shots with a self imposed limit of under 25 yards
     

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