SLT man patents innovative tree stand

Dave Fegel was tired of being uncomfortable while deer hunting, so he took a stand - and made one. Fegel designed and built a tree stand that has the hunter facing the tree, with the ability to swing around for optimum shot range. "I was sitting up in a tree last December and it was uncomfortable,' explained the Spring Lake Township resident. "So I got to thinking - these things (tree stands) are built backwards. You ought to be able to hide behind the tree, not sit out where the deer can see you.'
Marie Havenga
Sep 9, 2011


Fegel, 67, with the help of his brothers — Dale and Bill — drew up plans for several models before they decided on the final design, called the Z360. It is marketed under the brothers’ newly founded company, Great Outdoor Products.

“You sit facing the tree instead of facing away from the tree,” Fegel said, adding that the design is safer than a traditional stand because your legs can wrap around the trunk. “You can get a shot all the way around the tree. It doubles the area where you can get a shot.”

The stand is scheduled to debut today at a trade show on the east side of the state.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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