I like to be UP...can see a lot more, and better. Also I think a lot safer shooting DOWN. Here are my main 4 stands. They are all located within walking distance of the house and have been really productive over the last 12 years. First One: This is my main one. Its 4X8 fully enclosed. Indoor/outdoor carpet, Cedar outside, Pine tounge&groove inside (painted Camo inside) with Camo drapes. Windows on all four sides that swing up and lock up. Have 2 raised swivel seats and a portable heater. Also have INDOOR PLUMBING...... Well a Piss tube so ya dont have to go outside to take a whizz. Overlooks a natural clearing that has 6 major game trails that converge. Took 7 deer out of this one last year. Second One: This is my oldest grandsons, Carsons portable stand. Put it up last year when he passed his hunters course and can hunt alone. It has a portable top and side curtains for concealment. Its a two-man stand as he has to have the room for his backpack with a weeks worth of rations for a half day hunt......lol. He took a Buck and a Doe out of it last year and I took a button buck from it the last day of black Powder season. It overlooks a mostly open area about 93 yds to the back and 50 yds wide. He shot both of his at about 35 yds in the edge of the brush. I shot the little buck out at 83 in the open. Third One: This is the first portable stand I put up when I first moved here. havnt hunted it in about 5-6 years. I have shot my biggest bucks and does from it. Also lots of turkeys. Have been seeing a HUGE buck in this area this year so will probley get back in in some this year. Its in a really thick stand of BIG trees with a few small open areas. Thats why I like a Flat Shooting, sub .5" gun. Thread it between the limbs. Forth One: This stand I have never used much. It was here when I bought the place. I would have never put it where it is and built it different. The deer I have shot for it were on the fence line in the brush and not in the open. Been think of tearing it down and building another one, but the area isnt as good as a lot of other options.