posted this else-where & thought it may be of interest!
There are many of you who use high-seats for deer & fox, & I am sure you all religiously check the condition of these before each season. Errrr, yeah!
Thing is, we have a duty of care and any seat erected has either got a regular inspection & report - or there is the high potential for problems.
Our laws mean that any person who hurts themselves, has a claim against the land-owner - irrespective of whether they had authority to be using the seat at the time. Accordingly, all you can do is attach warning signs & have an inspection report filed against the potential of an incident.
In the last five years or so, there have been a few outlets selling 'cheap' Chinese manufactured high-seats. They are cheap for a reason & may not stand up to prolonged exposure to our climate. Pity really, as that is what they are sold for!
The following pictures show what I discovered when replacing a five year old 'budget' seat on a new permission. Hidden by the camouflage netting, EVERY major load bearing joint had rotted from within, the seat literally falling to pieces when the support straps were removed! You can imagine the potential for serious injury!
Having quite a few seats across the country, I am definitely a fan of the robust construction and reasonable price of stands constructed of treated timber. They are not difficult to construct & I have a few favourite designs, dependent on whether a lean-to / free-stander / box-blind or low seat is needed on the ground
As a company, we run regular construction and usage courses (blatant plug ) which makes for a great day in the company of other shooters. The main benefit is that you come away with an understanding of the factors that affect the siting, construction and effective usage of high-seats for deer & fox control. You also get full cutting lists for each of the different stands to allow you to construct your own as needed. A light-hearted stalkers shoot finishes an excellent day.
If this interests you, do get in touch & we can discuss some dates - in the meantime, check your high-seats!