Advanced Treestands 

By Steve Wall

How did you start the company?

 I started Advanced “Take-Down” Treestands to combine my passion for bowhunting and the lessons learned from working in engineering and product management roles for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control over the last 15 years.  It all started when my wife went with me to hang treestands ten years ago, and when I got done she said, “I never knew how dangerous it was for you to be hanging stands.”  The next day she went and ordered me a Hunter Safety System Harness, and I started working on developing a revolutionary system for hanging treestands. That’s how it all began. 

What do your customers say about your products?

Once our customers experience the simplicity of hanging our rock solid treestands, they love them.  We’ve heard things like, “I no longer dread hanging or taking down stands thanks to the “Take-Down” technology”,   “I’ve never felt safer in a lockon treestands”, and “ I’ll never use cheap hang on stands again, my family is counting on me to return at the end of the day.” 

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What are your most popular products and who is your target audience?

Our Take-Down i2 and s2 are our most popular.  Now that we have bowhunters from all over the US using our products, they love the idea of purchasing additional stems instead of a complete treestand.  They set multiple stems across their property and then use the same seat and platform at each location.  This deters theft and also keeps your buddies from hunting your spot while you’re at work all week!

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Our target customer is the hardcore bowhunter who wants the best gear on the market to help maximize their time in the field.  As fellow bowhunters, we understand that your entire season may come down to one opportunity and you need gear that performs.   Furthermore, our families are counting on us to return from the field. When safety in the field is the priority, we have more and more customers looking to Advanced “Take-Down” Treestands.  

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What do you enjoy most about what you do?

I love being able to take my professional background in mechanical engineering and project management and apply that to a company and product line that contributes to an industry I am passionate about.  Knowing that we have been blessed to take an idea from paper to the marketplace is truly a dream come true.  God has placed some amazing people in my life to keep this journey moving forward, and we are excited to see what the future holds for Advanced “Take-Down” Treestands. 

What is your favorite hunting or fishing memory?

I was blessed to be raised in a family who planned Thanksgiving dinner around when the guys would be in from hunting and a father who took me fishing every time he went to the lake.  Now that I too have children, it’s amazing to see them share in the same hunting heritage that I grew up experiencing.  My son just turned six in March so he’s been looking forward to the Arkansas youth season for spring turkey.  Even though he missed his first turkey, it was an experience that I will never forget.  It definitely ranks up there with one of the finest memories I’ve shared in the outdoors. 

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Contact Info:

Website:   www.advancedtreestands.com
Facebook: Advanced “Take-Down” Treestands
Twitter: @advancedstands
Instagram: @advancedtakedowntreestands
YouTube: Advanced Treestands

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Comments from Wisconsin Outdoor Pursuits:

Ryan Wheelington, president and founder of Advanced “Take-Down” Treestands has been able to combine his professional knowledge / experience with his passion for hunting!  After reading over Ryan’s answers to the Spotlight questions, I couldn’t help but notice how closely this aligns with the motto here at Wisconsin Outdoor Pursuits. “Share Your Passion, Pursue Your Dreams”  This is exactly what Ryan has been able to do with the Advanced “Take-Down” Treestands!  With two young children myself, I also admire Ryan’s desire to share his love for the outdoors with his children!

 

This is a segment to showcase and share a little more information about some great companies!  If you know of a company that would be a great fit for this segment please email me at: steve@wioutdoorpursuits.com.  I hope you enjoy learning more about these great companies!

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By Steve Wall

How did you start the company?

I started the company because of all the crooked trees in SW Minnesota. I bought 2 new stands when I started bow hunting at age 36. I had a difficult time hanging them level.  I started to think day and night on how to make a better treestand to hunt comfortably from in crooked trees. Over time I came up with a stand that levels in the crooked trees. This stand was called the Buckfinder.

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What do your customers say about your products?

Our customers are wonderful! We have nothing but great feedback from them.  Our biggest complaint is we don’t have enough of them (Treestands)! A lot of people say, “the seat is more comfortable than I thought it would be!”  “Love the roomy platform on the Big Bruiser!” It’s a wonderful feeling to have happy customers and that’s our goal at Twisted Timber!

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What are your most popular products?

Our most popular product is the Big Bruiser. We have two new products coming that our customers are patiently waiting for. First is the 10 1/4lbs Dominator, with a 30″ wide platform. This all aluminum stand is sure to be a great hit with its roomy size. Our T3, triple axis leveling technology, allows this stand to be hung level in any tree. Allowing you to hunt where you need to!  Second is the Twisted ladder. A new patent pending ladder system that will make going up and down trees less stressful and safer! This ladder system comes in 5 foot sections. These sections connect together on a pivoting ball,  allowing the Ladder to twist and turn conforming to the tree for a rock solid climbing aid!!

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Who is your target audience?

Our target audience is anybody who wants to make their hunting experience the best it can be!  Would love to get our products in the hands of the Outfitting businesses. I believe that the client’s would really appreciate the safety and professionalism that our products offer. With the ease of the climbing up and down and sitting in a LEVEL and sturdy Treestand. With more women and kids hunting, I believe that our products would really make their hunting experience safer and more enjoyable!

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What do you enjoy most about what you do?

What I enjoy most about what we do is making the hunting experience the best it can be for the people heading into the woods!

What is your favorite hunting or fishing memory?

My favorite hunting memory? Many, there are so many different things I’ve seen in the great outdoors that I would never experience if I didn’t hunt!  Get a Twisted Timber Treestand and start your memories!!

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Contact Info:

Website: twistedtimbertreestands.com
Facebook: Twisted Timber Treestands
Twitter: @TwistedTimberT3
Instagram: @twistedtimbertreestands

 

Comments from Wisconsin Outdoor Pursuits:

Have you ever found a really good deer trail that you would love to set up on but there were no good trees to hang a stand in?  I know I have.  I hunt mostly public land and would love to be able to hang a stand where no one else would even think it would be possible.  Hunting these types of areas on public land are going to help you be more successful.  I will definitely be looking into picking up a Twisted Timber Treestand (or 2) to help me be more successful in 2016.  The Dominator sounds like a really great stand for packing in and out of the woods on my public land hunts!!

 

 This is a weekly segment to showcase and share a little more information about some great companies!  If you know of a company that would be a great fit for this segment please email me at: steve@wioutdoorpursuits.com.  I hope you enjoy learning more about these great companies!