I actually have a ladder stand in the big white pine thats 40 yards beyond the bucks rump. It's a good spot.
Yup. I use rubber backed rugs from Menards. It helps muffle the sound of your feet on the floor.We use those in Alabama hog hunting, and the only small suggestion I can make is to add something to the floor, old carpet, bamboo mats, etc. you won’t believe how loud a dropped shell, cell phone or binoculars are! We keep them rolled up and hanging from the ceiling in contractor bags when not in use.
JD , the blind looks very good .Just finished staining this Amish made deer blind. I also sealed all seams and board but joints with spray foam. Just need to get it out in the woods.