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Finding my tree stand in the dark

Finding my tree stand in the darkLike most hunters, I want to minimize the light I use when entering the woods in the dark. A couple of years ago I purchased those thumbtacks with the reflective tips. I found that these didn't work as well as advertised, because the pin bent on the bark of most trees. I have stands in which you've got to walk through woods, then brush and then woods again to find. The thumbtacks just didn't work well in that environment. Plus, they aren't very reusable.

Check Out Our Video TipsAbout three years ago I started to experiment with white reflective tape and clothes pins. I get the reflective tape in the auto department of my local discount store. I cut small pieces of the reflective tape and place it on the clothes pins. These don't take long to make and I can get through 100 while watching my favorite episode of Buckmasters. Because the clothes pins are spring loaded you can put them almost anywhere. You can easily take them with you when you relocate a stand and they last for many years.

I often have friends from out of town in to hunt so they don't know specifically where I've moved a stand. Once I get them on the correct path and their small headlamp hits the reflective tape it looks like an airport runway at night. I can make about 300 all for about $7. Can't beat that!

James Garrett - Columbus, Ohio

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