Need a New Deer Stand? Build Your Own!

You’ve got a great location – open, not well-traveled, and tons of sign everywhere. But, unfortunately you don’t have a stand – and those commercial stands just don’t seem like a good deal considering the cost and the materials.  You’ve thought about building your own, but you’re not sure what materials you need, or just exactly how to go about designing and/or building it.

This is where Michael Sakowski is here to help.  Mike has been designing and building stands for years and publishing his plans for free at

Mike has a large number of designs posted. Each with all the materials and instructions listed so you build your own perfect stand yourself. Here’s his most recent box-stand design:

bilevelstandThis deer hunting box stand has a shooting height of about 15 ft yet unlike other such stands built in trees, it may be safely built from the ground up without any additional ladders. I carefully designed this stand using a 1/8 scale model to be safe to build and use, as well as economical. I then built the actual stand myself. You will find it to be a fairly simple, yet solid design. Furthermore, it features two ladders and an intermediate deck at 6 ft for safely climbing with both hands free. The top is boxed in up to a height of 41″ to provide safety and protection from the wind. The panels at the top are removable and may be switched out for bow hunting or stored in the off season. The total cost of this stand is a little over $150, when constructed out of green treated lumber. This would also make a nice parent and child youth hunt stand since you could have a parent or guardian on the lower level.

You can find all of Mike’s plans HERE