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When judging distance from a tree stand, use the horizontal distance, not the greater diagonal distance. In this diagram you should aim for 12 yards, not 13 yards.

Judging distance from a treestand

To calculate the horizontal distance "a" from a tree stand to a target, with "b" being the height of your tree stand and "c" being the diagonal distance to a target (you can establish this number using a range finder), use this simple formula:

Simple formula for judging distance

For example, if the treestand is 5 yards above the ground and the diagonal distance to your target is 13 yards, then the horizontal distance is calculated as follows:

Calculation for judging distances