Several stars aligned to make this suddenly happen, LOL. DH had taken his 7-point buck on Friday evening (from the maple platform). DS2 was home to hunt and would be using his own tree stand on the NW edge of the woods. A good friend of DH's was staying and hunting with us that weekend, and had a stand hung about 2/3 of the way along the south line. DD1 wanted to hunt, and she doesn't like being up in trees, which meant she got the apple blind (and therefore the playset was not available for me to hunt from because it is within 20 feet of the apple blind). My only available option was the double stand, which is so close to the stand on the south line that if the apple blind or playset are also being used at that time, you only have one small area that is safe to shoot at. Of course, I was not very happy about being stuck with that option. Plus, Saturday was windy, and the double is close to the field, where most of the wind comes from.
So, DH, all ready having his buck, and being rather low on sleep, offered to stay in from hunting that morning, and give me use of the maple platform. What an awesome husband! (Reality: he was tired, has all ready shot two deer this year and wanted to sleep in more than he wanted to hunt at 6:30 a.m.).
He showed me how to strap myself into the safety harness, explained where on the tree to attach it when I got to the top of the long ladder, and sent me on my way. Apparently, he was more worried about me falling out of the tree than he let on, because I had barely walked to the far edge of this little place here, climbed the ladder, tethered myself to a branch of the maple, and gotten seated, when I got a text asking if I was securely strapped in yet. Or, maybe he was just thinking how much more cool hunting stuff he could buy with my life insurance money. . . ;0)
Although the deer were scarce that day, I did enjoy getting the experience of being in the maple tree. Being loose (except my 4-5' long strap from the top of my harness to the tree limb) on a 2' x 3' platform eighteen feet in the air is a whole different thing than sitting in a tree stand 12-15' above the ground with rails all around you.
looking down from my perch
view to the north
view to the west
I'm thankful I got the opportunity to hunt from the maple platform. I got to see an aerial view of a part of the woods I had not yet hunted. I also got to briefly fantasize about myself flying on my tether like a kite, should a big gust of wind knock me off the platform. Luckily, that didn't happen. Apparently I weigh enough to not be blown off by a measly 40 mph wind gust! The thought did keep me entertained while the deer were few and far between (and out of shooting range, way off to the west in the brush).