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The idea came to me after my aunt had passed away and left a drawer full of pantyhose that nobody wanted to take. I myself am not accustomed to wearing hosiery, but thought I could make good use of them while out in the field and woods.
I use them to tie branches either apart or together, depending on the situation. If my window for shooting has one branch that needs to be pulled aside, but I'm not willing to cut that branch down, the pantyhose can temporarily secure that offending branch out of the way.
branch being tied up to another branch and
out of the way by use of pantyhose
If, on the other hand my window is too wide open, I may tie two branches together for a little more cover.
Photo shows two pine tree branches tied
together at their tips with panyhose
I also use a portion of pantyhose tied to my treestand, of which I stuff the stand's chain in to transport it more quietly. Because I keep a haul line always tied to my
stand, I have been known to stuff the rope inside also.
Pantyhose tied to treestand with chain and
haul line tucked neatly inside
On one occasion, I have had my haul line break while up in my stand and needed a new way to safely lower my bow to the ground. Pantyhose to the rescue! Since I had one tucked inside my backpack, I used my hunting knife to cut one leg of hosiery off, and used one end of the leg to tie to my bow and slowly lowered it to the ground hand over
fist. Even from almost fifteen feet up, one leg of pantyhose was able to stretch all the way to the ground so I could then just simply "let go" of it and retrieve it when I also reached the ground.
Photo shows bow being lowered from
treestand with pantyhose
I once had to switch bows during a hunt, forgetting that bow # 2 didn't have a quiver attachment. What did I do? I wrapped my quiver around my bow with, you guessed it! Pantyhose!
This way I was able to transport it and haul it up into my treestand.
Arrow-filled quiver wrapped around bow
I'm sure there are other situations that will come up that I'll be able to use these in, so I'll always have them along with me when hunting.
So, if you have old pantyhose laying around, or know of someone that does, why not keep a pair or two in your pack? You never know when they might just come in handy to save your hunt!
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