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Pat Highley doesn't have to rough it in his custom-built deer stand
herald-review ^ | 15 Nov 2010 | Tony Reid

Posted on 11/21/2010 9:43:47 PM PST by smokingfrog

Pat Highley is the proud owner of a deer stand to die for.

From its simply superb craftsmanship to the fine aesthetic sense revealed in its interior decoration, it’s clear this lofty platform marks a new high-water mark of civilization in the otherwise rough-and-ready world of deer hunting.

How many deer stands have you seen, for example, with a 360-degree field of fire through sliding double-glazed windows?

“Well, I am really proud of it,” said Highley, who lives amid more than five rolling and wooded acres in the sticks about eight miles north of Shelbyville. The Cadillac of deer stands sits on the edge of the timber, a quick hunting trot from his living room and effectively doubling as a second living room that’s 22 feet up in the air. It’s reached after scaling 31 steps, and the structure — Highley calls it an “elevated hunting cabin” — sits atop a rock-steady network of treated timbers that betray no movement as visitors enter via a trapdoor in the floor.

The plywood paneled interior walls of the 8-by-8-foot, 7-foot-tall cabin are overlaid in a brown paint wash that serves to accent the natural grain of the wood. Highley went that route after listening to his wife, Debbie.

“She said, ‘Oh, that’s such a pretty grain, you are not going to just paint over it, are you?’ ” he recalls. “So I watered the paint down and took a sponge to put it on.”

The windows on all four sides were a special-order item from Menards, and the 2-by-4-foot panels slide in both directions and also pop out. Highley and guests sit on color-matched brown swiveling kitchen stools he picked up from Target, and every creature comfort is catered for:

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: banglist; hunting; redneck
Pictures at link.
1 posted on 11/21/2010 9:43:55 PM PST by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

Hmmm. “Creature comforts” in a deer stand. Sumthin’ odd about that.


2 posted on 11/21/2010 9:49:57 PM PST by Erasmus (Personal goal: Have a bigger carbon footprint than Tony Robbins.)
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To: smokingfrog

redneck luxury


3 posted on 11/21/2010 9:50:33 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: smokingfrog

Wonder how happy he’ll be about it when Obama’s tax mavens hear about it, decide it’s a house, and tax it at three hundred percent, plus interest, fees, and penalties.


4 posted on 11/21/2010 9:53:23 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: Jack Hammer

It’s already PART of his house. Unless there was a building code there forbidding deer stand towers on homes, he’s kosher.


5 posted on 11/21/2010 9:55:54 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: smokingfrog

This is not about shooting a deer.

This is about escaping a dear.

This is a mancave with a drawbridge. Getting the lazyboy inside will be an effort, but it will be done.


6 posted on 11/21/2010 9:57:28 PM PST by Psalm 144
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To: smokingfrog

At some point you might as well just go down to the butcher and buy some venison. I mean, is that really “hunting?” Sitting on your ass all day and blowing away Bambi out of an upstairs window with a scoped rifle at spitting distance? Kind of gives me that fishing in the aquarium feeling. Hardly seems sporting. Grab a bow and go still hunting so the furry buggers at least have a chance; it’s not like a guy spending $6k on a stand “hunts” to eat. Oh well...his property and money. Blah, I think my trip to the butcher is more adventurous.


7 posted on 11/21/2010 10:04:18 PM PST by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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To: smokingfrog

When it’s not hunting season it doubles as his man cave away from his wife.


8 posted on 11/21/2010 10:05:34 PM PST by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: smokingfrog

My son and I built an 11 x 11 foot “cabin in the sky”. We have a woodburning stove, propane cooking stove, propane heater and large windows. For security we built the door in the center of the floor. You have to have a ladder to get up to the padlocked door. I used cedar over plywood in the insulated walls. I chose not to use electricity for aesthetic reasons. We actually camp in it and can keep it plenty warm in sub zero northern Illinois weather.


9 posted on 11/21/2010 10:09:37 PM PST by Wpin ("I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny...")
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To: smokingfrog

Just needs a moat....


10 posted on 11/21/2010 10:10:01 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Wpin

Now that’s more like it!


11 posted on 11/21/2010 10:13:40 PM PST by smokingfrog (Because you don't live near a bakery doesn't mean you have to go without cheesecake.)
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To: smokingfrog

“The elevated hunting cabin will be first used in anger after deer shotgun season gets under way Nov. 19...”

What does “anger” have to do with anything? Seems like the writer is exposing his biases. He certainly doesn’t know much about hunting.


12 posted on 11/21/2010 10:29:21 PM PST by miele man
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To: Trod Upon

I shot a deer in my slippers once...what he was doing in my slippers I have no idea.

13 posted on 11/21/2010 10:33:46 PM PST by BlueDragon (....other than that we aint nothin' just good 'ol boys...)
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To: Psalm 144

Aww, I think wifey will be up there shooting deer along with him. After all, he painted it the way she liked. Now all they need is a dumbwaiter to lower the hunting dogs to retrieve the carcass.


14 posted on 11/21/2010 10:39:51 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: miele man

It’s a Bambicide jihad, I say.


15 posted on 11/21/2010 10:40:39 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Stillwaters

OMG, you have to read the comments on this thread. I’m laughing so hard, I’m practically in tears.


16 posted on 11/21/2010 10:45:20 PM PST by lonevoice (I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.)
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To: Wpin

Lived on 1200 acres in the Bighorn river valley. One morning we counted 150 deer from the living room windows out in the winter wheat fields. 150 is what we could see. There was easily double that and you can only imagine what happened that morning with 4 boys 16 to 21 and born to hunt.

God bless America!


17 posted on 11/21/2010 10:49:40 PM PST by liberty or death
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To: BlueDragon

LOL...you may have seem this written on FR by me before, but I’ll repeat it anyway.

I live in southwest Washington State. Lots of deer wandering about, even inside the incorporated limits of cities — no hunting allowed there (wink, wink).

This story is about a fellow I knew from work who went deer hunting a few years back, leaving his wife and kids at their rural home.

He returned, skunked, only to open the garage and find an eight-point buck hanging in the garage.

His wife had shot it from their back deck. The buck was eating her roses in the backyard garden. And yes, she was wearing slippers.

She didn’t have a deer tag but he did. Good thing he hadn’t shot anything.


18 posted on 11/21/2010 10:50:56 PM PST by SatinDoll
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To: liberty or death

My family had a log cabin way off the beaten path. Dirt road led to yet another and another before you arrived there. And this after a long road leading to the top of the mountain. Four picture windows surrounded a flagstone fireplace in the living area. We would watch deer herds, bear, and every other kind of furry critters cross thru the yard. Amazing to see! Winters we’d go ski-doing thru the forest areas. Great weekends away from the business. Bunk area slept eight with main master bedroom.

There is something to be said of escaping to the wilderness...even when you have the comforts of home.


19 posted on 11/21/2010 11:05:33 PM PST by caww
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To: smokingfrog
Highley's plush hunting blind has electricity, heat, a microwave and even a simplified bathroom system.

A knothole?

20 posted on 11/21/2010 11:44:48 PM PST by shorty_harris
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To: smokingfrog

“...the elevated hunting cabin boasts a microwave, a small fridge stocked with beer and soft drinks...”

The fool needs to learn that alchohol and gunpowder don’t mix.


21 posted on 11/22/2010 4:02:16 AM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (All sweat, no equity)
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To: smokingfrog

22 posted on 11/22/2010 4:28:52 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun
That's one mighty fine trophy rack above the door.

He should be ashamed.

23 posted on 11/22/2010 4:31:23 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: smokingfrog
Pat Highley?

With a name like that he should work for the TSA.

24 posted on 11/22/2010 5:05:19 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't skipper a boat, Can't drive, Can't ski, Can't fly. But they KNOW what's best!)
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To: smokingfrog

No mention of the feeding station, it seems to have been forgotten


25 posted on 11/22/2010 5:12:46 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....( History is a process, not an event)
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To: Trod Upon
Oh well...his property and money.

It is, so why are you whining like a liberal?

26 posted on 11/22/2010 5:57:13 AM PST by USS Alaska
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To: 2nd Bn, 11th Mar

“Beer and gunpowder don’t mix” You ain’t from around here are ya boy?


27 posted on 11/22/2010 7:16:46 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Gotta love the South.


28 posted on 11/22/2010 10:40:07 AM PST by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

“You ain’t from around here are ya boy?”

No, and that’s a good thing.

Look, I like my brews as much as the next guy - after the guns are put away. I wouldn’t hunt with him.

If you tolerate drinking while hunting, IMHO you are significantly increasing the risk of a tragedy.


29 posted on 11/22/2010 10:44:46 AM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (All sweat, no equity)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I think it’s a separate structure.


30 posted on 11/22/2010 10:45:38 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: SatinDoll
Good story. I think I may have seen you post it before. It may have been in response to my using the same Groucho Marx takeoff, though in his old joke, I think it was an elephant.

But really, one day... I was wearing slip-on shoes one day, out at a friends place where I'd went to stay and hunt for a day or two. I wasn't quite in the hunting mode at the time, and while taking a very short stroll outside, was surprised to see a buck across a draw, approx 200 yrds away, and just slightly uphill. Moving slowly, I got out of sight, then fetched a rifle, came back, and saw the buck hadn't gone very far.

Got that one right through the heart, which is where I was aiming. 7mmMag is a bit much gun for Coastal Blacktail, but it is pretty flat. Slightly uphill, about 10-15 degrees, it's even "flatter", in a way.

That one was fairly large for a Blacktail, although the horns were a bit runty. I've gotten more than a few with larger racks & thicker tines, but cannot remember a heavier bodied forked horn. The meat was excellent, even though it wasn't next to alfalfa fields, or other cultivated lands.

31 posted on 11/22/2010 10:50:36 AM PST by BlueDragon (....other than that we aint nothin' just good 'ol boys...)
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To: Trod Upon

“Hardly seems sporting.”

It’s a hell of a lot more sporting than driving to the grocery to buy your meat.


32 posted on 11/22/2010 11:00:41 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: smokingfrog

Good for him. He’s spending his money the way he wants to spend it, as it should be. More power to him.

To be honest, I’m kind of jealous. That’s a happenin’ shack.


33 posted on 11/22/2010 11:08:33 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Scratch a “progressive” and a fascist bleeds)
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To: Erasmus
Hmmm. “Creature comforts” in a deer stand. Sumthin’ odd about that.

Well, when you have an automatic feeder set up that dispenses Purina deer chow at regular daily times, and you hang out in a pre-prepared deer stand up in a tree, and shoot the deer when they come for food, there's something a little odd about that style of "hunting" too.

More like a shooting gallery with live targets.

34 posted on 11/22/2010 12:39:18 PM PST by jimt
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To: TexasCajun

Camo ? In a palace like that ?

Puh-leeze...


35 posted on 11/22/2010 12:41:53 PM PST by jimt
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To: BlueDragon

If you go out this year, or already have, here’s hoping you success and a freezer full of venison or elk.


36 posted on 11/22/2010 1:49:07 PM PST by SatinDoll
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To: Trod Upon

Do you bow hunt?


37 posted on 11/22/2010 2:42:38 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: SatinDoll

thank you


38 posted on 11/22/2010 2:45:47 PM PST by BlueDragon (....other than that we aint nothin' just good 'ol boys...)
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To: jimt

Hell....I wear camo to work.


39 posted on 11/22/2010 2:48:46 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: TexasCajun
That is pretty pathetic. Not sure I would put that rack up.

I almost didn't see him with the camo. But what gets me is the really gay lighting around the top of the ceiling.

40 posted on 11/22/2010 2:55:01 PM PST by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: TexasCajun

"Yeah boy I've shot me quite a few dear out here. Even shot me a few photographers - every one right in the gut. Funny how that happens."

41 posted on 11/22/2010 2:58:18 PM PST by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: SatinDoll

I can remember several times going dove hunting and coming home to seeing more doves on my birdfeeder then I saw all day hunting. Or certainly more than I shot ;)


42 posted on 11/22/2010 3:45:01 PM PST by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: USS Alaska

“[W]hining like a liberal?” WTF? I guess everyone who doesn’t see the sport in sitting on your butt waiting for some (probably baited) sure thing to wander by is a “librul,” huh Buford? A liberal would want to stop the guy. I just laughed at him. Oh, what a freedom crusher I am! And if you can’t see the humor in a guy doing this a few yards from his house I just don’t know what to tell you.


43 posted on 11/22/2010 8:28:59 PM PST by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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