Millenium Ground Hang-on Seat
By Ed Turner
Finding a good spot and then a comfortable method of sitting is always a challenge for any serious deer hunter. Should I set up a ladder stand in the area? Should I cart a climbing stand with me to the area and hope for a "proper" tree? Should I just bring a cushion and set my butt on the ground, the old-fashioned way? I've set my butt down against a tree many a time and also killed many deer that way, but it ain't the most comfortable method and it's always a challenge to stay as long as I should when things get tough, because I'm so darn uncomfortable.
I recently purchased a hang-on seat that was recommended to me by a good friend. He likes the concept and I've used similar seats in the past to ensure a comfortable stay at my chosen spot. I've owned two Summit Trophy Seats and was pleased with both of them. (Apparently the people who stole them are too!) The new seat I purchased is called Millennium hang-on seat. It is intended to be attached to a tree trunk just above ground level, at a comfortable chair height. Although it doesn't appear as comfy as a Summit, I'd say overall it at least matches the Summit and my Buddy, who also owns both models, says he prefers the Millennium. It is also quite a bit lighter than the Summit, weighing only four pounds.
The Millenium Comfort Tech seat measures 17" (deep) by 20" (wide). The frame is anodized aluminum. The seat folds for easy storage or carry and sets-up quietly. Rated capacity is 300 pounds.
I prefer it's ultralight weight and materials that will not hold water. (Read that stay wet.) It sets up in about 60 seconds and I can sit in it for 4-5 hours. I was sitting in one when I took two of my three 2011 bucks. In one instance, it turned out that I could not get a shot while seated, but I was able to simply stand and get a good bead on the buck through the thick brush. The view being a foot or so higher than if you were on the ground is better, as well, than simply plunking your butt down in the dirt. As far as maybe not being so "hidden" as sitting on the ground, I have had several deer pass within 10-25 yards, look right at me and then walk away, apparently unconcerned.
Just wanted to make note of a decent product that could help you hunt new areas much more comfortably. Online, it costs only about $70/shipped. I liked my first Millenium seat so much that I purchased a second and the seats each had a "harvest" this season.
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