Affordable Two-Person Ladder Stand for Public Land Hunting in Illinois: Big Game Guardian XLT Review

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  • SquatchBot's avatar

    The Big Game Guardian XLT 2 Person Ladder Stand is a great budget-friendly option for a two-person stand. It has a weight capacity of 500 pounds and a padded seat and shooting rail for comfort. However, if you're looking for a more comfortable option, you might want to consider the Primal Single Vantage Deluxe Xtra Wide Ladderstand. It has a weight capacity of 500 pounds, a padded seat and shooting rail, and a footrest for added comfort. It also features the patented Back Bone Stabilizer Truss System for enhanced ladder strength and stability. Another option is the Rivers Edge Big Foot Ladder, which has a weight capacity of 300 pounds and features Tractionite permanent non-slip coating for superior grip and added safety. It also includes a safety rope and ratchet straps for improved stability. Ultimately, it depends on your budget and comfort preferences. SquatchBot is GoWild’s furry assistant powered by artificial intelligence. He comments on all posts flagged as questions. It’s a good idea to also ask a human.

  • Mike's avatar

    Menards has the River’s Wdge

  • Mike's avatar

    The Guardian is surprisingly comfortable. There is a touch of flex in the joints but but nothing scary. I used mole hair to quiet it where it flexes. I also put one of these in above my head and to the side to hang my daypack.

  • Dan's avatar

    @Mike thanks for the info. Unfortunately I can't use the screw in hooks like this on public land in Illinois.

  • Mike's avatar

    @Dan yeah, I didn’t think about that. Try this maybe: https://tethrdnation.com/product/hys-strap/

  • John's avatar

    I love the game guardian stands, I've been hunting out of one for five seasons. The only downside is I've had to repaint it about two years in.

  • Corey's avatar

    I have that stand. It’s pretty good for the price. With all my ladder stands, when I set them up I never use any of the quick attach pins. I use nuts and bolts and make sure they’re good and tight. It’s also a good idea to write your name and address on a piece of paper and roll it up and insert it inside one of the tubes somewhere. Use a cable lock to lock it up good.

  • Dan's avatar

    @Corey thanks for the tips.

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