Trimming out shooting lanes and carving out a spot for tree stands is work – granted it is fun work, but it is work nonetheless. These are the pieces of equipment that round out my treestand trimming arsenal. I’ve tried a lot of different brands and saws and clippers over the years, but I’m really happy with what I use right now.
This saw by Corona is my favorite. It’s an absolute beast and folds small enough to be my in-season saw of choice as well. I’ve probably used over 10 different folding saws over the years, there is no close second that I’ve tried. Roughly $20 and available online or in stores like Lowes and Home Depot.
Another product by Corona. This is a gas-less chainsaw. 18″ blade. Trees beware. Dad and I have tipped 7-10″ trees over with this in less than 45 seconds. It absolutely rips through larger diameter stems and doesn’t require all the extra equipment that a chainsaw does.
For clearing briars or weeds or annoying small diameter stuff that takes forever with a saw, swing this Tramontina machete. Brazilian made and available on Amazon for less than $20 shipped. It’s a carbon steel blade which means sharpening is easy. I love this for clearing walking trails in old field situations, and it’s also good for maintaining shooting lanes that have re-sprouted lots of little shoots from last year.
Quick tree lesson. There are tubes which carry nutrients from the leaves down to the roots. Someone spent way too much time carving this tree some tubes for illustration, but it demonstrates the point perfectly. If you can get those tubes to carry an herbicide down to the roots, then you shouldn’t have to re-trim the same lanes every single year for eternity.
Here’s the premise. Cut down your unwanted trees/brush during the spring and spray an herbicide directly onto the cut stump immediately. A glyphosate solution (Roundup’s active ingredient) exceeding 25% concentration will do the job. If the stump is large, don’t worry about the heartwood of the tree but focus on saturating the outer rings which is where the tubes live. Done properly, this should kill the stump outright and you won’t have turned a single large stem into 25 small stems the next year. This weapon has not been in my “toolbox” before, but it is now.
A quick note – try to find some Ranger Pro which has a 40 or 41% glyphosate concentration. It will run you about $50 for 2.5 gallons – plenty enough to fill up a squirt bottle a couple dozen times at the 25% minimum application rate. Roundup Pro is another option, however, you’re going to almost double the price for the Roundup name for the exact same active ingredients.
You’ll have to do your own research for cutting equipment that will reach up 10-15 feet, but I’ve found that my Muddy rope attachment climbing sticks are almost easier to use for getting those hard to reach limbs than toting a big extending pole saw or a gas-powered Stihl saw.