High Seat 2.0
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As you probably know by now, I am big on safety and how to become a better hunter. High seats are used in a variety of ways because they are effective, and safe. This second version of a high seat is a version which you lean on a tree, and thus more directional in nature. Read on for some general advice on how to build a high seat like this, and as always there is a free, downloadable drawing at the bottom of the article.
Most of the construction advice is covered in the first article. Furthermore any construction of the high seat requires knowledge of how to use power tools, so please make sure you have the necessary training to operate the power tools required before starting the build. This is for safety reasons and your own responsibility and anyone using the high seat.
As the diagram above explains, this design features a directional seating arrangement, as opposed to the previous high seat which allows for 360 degrees of shooting. The reasons below is a part of an incomplete list of why you should make your own high seat:
Visibility. Most mammals have their field of view parallel to the ground, and generally not up. The higher you are, the less likely you are to be seen, and if you have covered sides you can still move around if that stag turns up behind you. Also, because of the extra height there is less risk of something obstructing your view, and you can more easily positively identify your target.
Shooting rest. The handrail of the high seat also doubles up as a ~180 degree shooting rest. You will literally be surrounded by a shooting rest, which means there is no excuse for not using it, and a bad shot is less likely.
Safety. Because you’ll be sat in a fixed position your hunting buddies will know exactly where you are and can identify safe shooting zones. This can also be double checked using the iPhone tips. You will also take shots at an angle and not parallel to the ground which is another safety measure.
Smell and sound. When you are sitting in the high seat wind will drift under you, and less likely to hit the nose of that trophy buck you have been waiting for.
Accessibility. There are many variations of high seats, and some are easier to access than others. Being able to sit in a flat, stable platform means less mobile hunters can still be out and enjoy hunting. In 2014 I shot a deer from a hunting tower, less than two weeks after having had comprehensive hip surgery!
Have you ever made a high seat before? If so, share your thoughts below, and use the hashtag #ullberg on Instagram to showcase your own design!
For a free downloadable drawing of the high seat, click here