Many hunters in our country have not heard of such an unusual device as the Tristend. But in the United States and Europe, tristend for hunting is used quite actively. He received the greatest distribution among hunters with a bow. But actively used by lovers of firearms. Therefore, to learn more about this device will be very useful to all lovers of this magnificent hobby.
What is tristend
To begin with, we will understand what is a triend for hunting. So they call a special device, which is a portable seat. As the name implies (from the English tree + stand - tree + stand), this seat is mounted on a tree and allows the hunter to be out of range of prey. After all, most animals look at their feet or in front of themselves - very few have the habit of inspecting trees at an altitude of 3-5 meters. And the triend allows you to comfortably settle at that height.
He usually does not have a seat, which is understandable - when hunting with a bow, it interferes more. But recently, models with comfortable seats intended specifically for hunters who prefer firearms have also begun to appear.
Having low weight, the tristend can be easily transported over considerable distances, representing a mobile shed. Yes, if the storehouse is a stationary shelter (it’s difficult to drag an entire booth, and it’s just pointless to make a new one), then the triend can be delivered to any place where hunting is planned. After installation on a tree, it allows the hunter with all possible comfort to be located close to the trail or feeding place, or even directly above them. When used correctly (we will return to this later), it allows you to let the animal in at a distance of 7-10 meters, and even at this distance even a novice hunter rarely misses.
Now that we have figured out what this tricky device is, we’ll figure out what it can be.The thristend is mounted on a tree and allows the hunter to be out of sight of the prey.
How to choose?
To date, all those on sale, as well as home-made hunting trends for hunting, can be divided into two categories - climes and hengs. Each of them has certain advantages, which it will be useful to know about in order to prevent mistakes when choosing the appropriate option. Let's talk about both in more detail.
Clymer, also known as Tristend Aircraft. It got its name from the English word climb - to climb. Therefore, the translation “airplane” is quite accurate. Its main advantage is the fact that the hunter gets the opportunity to climb a tree with him, or rather, with his help.
To do this, the tristend is installed at a low height (30-50 centimeters) on a suitable tree. After this, the hunter sits on the seat, facing the tree, setting his legs in special grooves. Now, alternating legs and straightening, in which he clings to the trunk and branches with his hands, you can calmly rise to the desired height. That is, no additional devices are simply needed - the climer is completely self-sufficient. The only thing that can interfere is the branches. You will have to take a hacksaw with you to cut them if they are too low.
The main drawback of the climer is its significant weight, as well as a higher price - this is due to the greater complexity of manufacture.Tristend factory-made aircraft
For some hunters, another variety of Tristenda is of considerable interest - heng (from English hang - to hang). It is a simplified version of the clymer - without a lifting device. That is, in fact, this is a small storehouse made of several metal tubes and a durable fabric or mesh.
The main advantage of Hanga is its low cost, low weight and ease of use. However, to set it to the desired height, you will have to use assistive devices. It can be a ladder (but keep in mind that it will also have to be carried on it) or screw-in steps. The latter, although not so convenient, but much more compact and lighter. Therefore, many hunters prefer this option.
How to use
It will also be useful to learn how to hunt using triestend. There are a few simple rules that are similar to using a storehouse.
First of all, do not forget about insurance. On the hunt, anything can happen - poor health (no one is safe from this, for example, with a simple overabundance of oxygen in the air, which is very common for the forest), dizziness, improper landing, or an unsuccessful shot. And to fall down from a height of 3-5 meters in the forest, tens of kilometers from the nearest settlement - this is a serious nuisance, which may well cost the hunter life. Therefore, insurance must be used. Moreover, many tristends are equipped with very comfortable vests with belts and a safety rope.
The next step is the correct installation. The success of hunting depends on how well the tree on which the triestend will be installed is selected. Of course, even if you have chosen the wrong tree, it is unlikely that the animal will notice you. But do not forget about the scent. A wild beast can smell a person for tens of meters, and with an unsuccessful wind, even further. Therefore, determine in advance where the wind blows, and choose a tree on the leeward side of the path or feeding place.
You need to arrange the triend so that the shot can be made, making a minimum of movements. That is, you should always see the place of the alleged occurrence of prey, but be not too noticeable, partially hidden behind a tree trunk. Make sure you can conveniently tag without getting up to shoot. In winter, when the temperature drops below zero, even the highest-quality membrane will rustle, and the structure itself may begin to creak, which can frighten production, making it difficult to make an accurate shot.
Do it yourself
Alas, the price of high-quality tristends starts at 10 thousand rubles. Therefore, many hunters, especially from villages and small towns, where the monthly salary is not enough for such a purchase, decide to make a do-it-yourself trident. Of course, this is not an easy job. But you can save a large amount, and besides, there is the opportunity to tailor the device to your requirements.
So, before you start work, you need to stock up on the appropriate material. An aluminum profile with a section of 20x20 centimeters is best suited. It is this size that is optimal. 15x15 is not strong enough, and 25x25 will weigh significantly more.
To make a triend for hunting, drawings will also be needed - it will be much easier to calculate the optimal amount of material from them.Fabrication of a tristend frame
The type of compounds causes serious controversy. Some hunters prefer welding, as a simpler and more reliable option. However, in this case, the device cannot be folded. Others prefer bolted connections. It is more difficult to monitor (it is necessary to regularly check the strength of the joints), but it can be folded or at least disassembled, and can be easily transported in a backpack - with the right choice of material, it will weigh no more than 5-6 kilograms, very little.
By the way, if you choose a bolted connection, then do not forget about the plastic washers. Without them, the triend will creak as soon as you move a little while sitting on it.
You will also need plywood, a strong fabric or a durable membrane (for sitting) and a strong cable (with its help the tri-stand will be fixed on a tree).
When you have everything you need, you can begin to make tri-trends for hunting with your own hands - the drawings will help in this.
First, the frame - the seat, as well as the footrest is cooked or assembled. The seat is fixed on it. In two or three points at different levels, cable fixation points are set so that it can be quickly put in and removed.Homemade Tristend Avolaz
Some craftsmen also equip the triestend with special gun stands. It’s a good idea to keep it on the weight all the time is tiring, to put it on your knees is uncomfortable (it’s not always possible to quickly and silently intercept it if necessary), and hanging it on a bitch is frankly dangerous.
In general, making tri-trends for hunting with your own hands, you have a huge scope for creativity - you can completely tailor it to your requirements and features.