Deer Stand Mansions 09 Jul 12

Hunters have begun building elaborate platforms in Minnesota trees so that they can watch for deer in comfort. Typical deer stands consist of a few boards nailed into a tree to allow hunters to see above the brush. But lately, some are constructing stands with stairways, decks, shingled roofs, commercial windows, insulation, propane heaters, carpeting, lounge chairs, tables and even occasionally generators. Some are calling the stands “mansions” in the trees. One deer stand found on public land in northern Minnesota was actually an 18-by-20-foot cabin. Some hunters have even begun planting crops on public land to attract deer and make it easier to get a shot.