Team Wild TV expert Keith Watson takes us through his top 10 tips on choosing the right location for a highseat.
1. When locating your highseats, try to use the biggest tree you can. The winter winds can be strong, stability is the key and a stable shooting platform will increase your chances of a kill.
2. Any information gained from trail cams should be put to good use. If you have spotted a particular group of deer using an area on a regular basis, put your seat around the location and cut out a lot of the guess work.
3. Take advantage of natural larder. Acorns, beech nuts and chestnuts will all be readily taken by the deer and a heavy crop should be paid attention to. It’s always best to use natures bounty as corn and other feeds can be expensive!
4. As the natural food diminishes, keep an eye on any feed rides and feed bins used by the game shoot. DON’T OVERSHOOT IT otherwise it will work against you. You will push the deer away and defeat the purpose of having a highseats.
5. When deciding on the location of any highseat, you should take into account how you will get to it, as this may need to be achieved before sunrise. It’s no good having to march through the woods to get to your favourite location if you are bumping into deer in the process (especially Fallow). Also, you have to remember that you need to extract the said deer from this location.
6. Don’t be a cheapskate; cover the shooting rail with pipe-lagging. I have seen more than enough stalking outings spoilt and shots lost by the rifle clanging against the high seat. It’s just a false economy not to cover it, trust me! and it might save a few scratches on your stock.
7. When it comes to holding the seat to the tree, well as far as I am concerned, there is only one safe way and that’s with a ratchet strap of the minimum of a 3 tonne load. Personally, I use 5 tonne straps. Your safety should be paramount.