January 13, 2023
By Jace Bauserman
Not a banner year in terms of new treestand and ground blind makes, 2023's sit-and-wait theme is accessories that make time in the tree or blind more enjoyable, comfortable, and efficient. And, of course, there are some new treestand and ground blind options hunters need to check out.
Hawk Helium Steps
Weighing a mere 4 ounces per step, Hawk's Helium Steps come in four packs with straps, and the entire package pushes the scale to 1.9 pounds. Designed for the run-and-go hunter, the steps have a weight rating of 300 pounds, are highly portable, and have a rugged tread pattern to boost boot and hand contact. Straps measure 68 inches in length, and each step has a 1" Pull Tight Cam Buckle Strap.
Summit Universal Backpack System
From the minds at Summit comes the Universal Backpack System — a backpack that works with Summit and other commercially available treestands to make toting them afield easier than ever. The buckles on the straps make for rapid attachment and detachment, and the pack folds flat for easy storage when not in use. Each buckle attachment point is covered with neoprene sleeves to prevent game-spooking noise, the shoulder straps are padded, and the load adjuster straps ensure optimal weight distribution.
Ameristep Hub Style Blaze Cap
We've seen piles of innovative ground blind builds from Ameristep, and the manufacturer is constantly working to make hunting from a ground blind more efficient, comfortable, and safe. Enter the Hub Style Blaze Cap, an Ameristep blind ground blind topper that allows the user to maintain 360-degree visibility while meeting the requirements of states requiring blaze orange for ground blind hunting. The Hub Style Blaze Cap fits blinds with a footprint of up to 60 inches.
Millennium G-400-00 Ground Blind Chair - 4 Leg
Hours spent in a ground blind waiting on a thirsty pronghorn or rutting buck can be many, and comfort is a priority for those sitting multiple days a year in hub-style ground forts. Built for comfort and durability, Millennium's G-400-00 Ground Blind Chair - 4 Leg sports the manufacturer's tried-and-true ComfortMAX contoured tight-sling seat to ensure maximum back and butt comfort, and the seat swivels silently 360 degrees. The legs are adjustable on uneven terrain, and stability is maximized with four legs instead of three. This ground blind chair features a durable powder-coat aluminum finish to ensure no-fail use season after season.
Big Game Warrior DXT Ladderstand
Big Game has crafted some remarkable ladderstands over the years, and the 17-foot to-the-shooting rail Warrior DXT is an excellent example of this stand builder's ingenuity. The Flex-Tek Seat and Backrest ensure all-day comfort, and the Flip-up Padded Shooting Rail is quiet and easy to manipulate. Constructed from steel, this ladderstand has an 18" x 10" foot platform and weighs 43 pounds.
Vertical Treestands Overland
Designed around customer demand and over-engineered to give treestand sitters the best experience possible, the Overland comes with a removable, UV, and abrasion-resistant textile seat. The one-piece cast design makes the treestand incredibly quiet, and the yellow-zinc coating prevents corrosion protection throughout the entire platform. The wall-welded tree bracket seats the stand perfectly, and the three-tier platform leveling and self-leveling seat mean you can get the Overland into any tree. A patent-pending AIS System allows users to change various accessories to ensure season-long performance.
Redneck 6' x 8' Game Changer Blind
Big enough to fit four adult hunters, the Game Changer is an excellent solution for hunters who like to take to the wood together and for mentor hunters who regularly take kids. Ten windows ensure maximum visibility and are constructed in a way that allows for spot-on shooting, whether using a vertical bow, crossbow, or firearm. The blind is spacious enough to fit a small cot or air mattress for overnight forays or mid-afternoon naps when the movement is slow.
Primos Full Frontal One-Way See-Through Hunting Blind
A budget-friendly ground fort with one-way see-through mesh, the Full Frontal is a great ground blind go-to. Weighing 17 pounds with the bag and included stakes, the blind gives hunters a 58" x 58" floor space and a hub measurement of 75" x 75". Straps run along the top of the top ridges of the windows for better blending, and the window system ensures maximum concealment.