How many haunting memories do you have where you were unable to shoot a trophy buck or a big doe because you had a limb or multiple limbs in the flight path of your arrow or bullet? I’ve got more than I’m willing to share here with you. So leave the anguish behind and take care to create killer shooting lanes.
Regardless of where you hung your treestand, you’ve done your scouting and know right where a deer is going to cross, or at least pretty close. So why chance weaving an arrow or bullet through a couple small openings and risk missing your target or even worse be stuck out in the open and get picked off before a shot presents itself. Take the time to properly cut shooting lanes. The best way to do this is by you or your hunting partner sitting in the treestand and directing someone to cut certain limbs out of your flight path. Trim just enough for a clear shot, but not too many that you leave yourself wide open in the tree. Be sure to cut shooting lanes in directions all around your stand if you feel that deer will cross there.
I’ve used a number of products to cut shooting lanes over the years and recently I think I found my favorite. It’s the Hooyman electric pole saw. This thing is impressive. It features a powerful 40V lithium-ion battery that runs for more than an hour and charges in about the same amount of time. The 9-inch chainsaw blade is powerful, too. It cuts just like a gas-powered chainsaw, but with a lot less noise, which makes this the ideal trimming saw for in-season treestand hanging when you don’t want to spook nearby deer with engine noise. This saw will cut big limbs, too, so be careful and wear proper protective gear so a falling branch doesn’t hit your head or eyes.
This is a sturdy-built product, too. I’ve been clearing food plot edges and treestand lanes all summer with it and it never misses a beat. Just make sure to fill the bar-oil reservoir regularly when cutting as the auto-oiler system keeps the chain lubed during cutting. The saw extends to 10 feet and collapses down to 48 inches. You can find this saw online at a number of retailers from $250 to $300.
Check out the video below for a detailed review and to see the Hooyman electric pole saw in action.