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18 Free DIY Deer Stand Plans You Can Build Today

Deer Stand Plans

Deer Stand Plans

All good deer hunters know how vital your vantage point is. A manufactured deer stand can be hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Although they last a long time, it is a substantial initial investment to make. Building your deer stand will save you a ton of money and give you the freedom to create it exactly how you envisioned. We have gathered 18 free deer stand plans that you can start working on today. There are plans for a variety of skill levels and price points, so we’re sure you’ll find an option here that will work for you and your needs.

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1. DIY Deer Shooting Blind from My Outdoor Plans

First on our list is the DIY Deer Shooting Blind from My Outdoor Plans. This is a heavy-duty 4×8 deer stand that can be used for many years. There are tips within this plan to help you save a bit of money should the budget be an issue for you. This plan is easy to follow and has some great pictures and measurements as you work your way through it.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Tools: Saw, Drill, Framing Square, Hammer

Supplies: Wood, Tar Paper, Shingles, Screws, Nails

2. Ultimate Economy Deer Hunting Stand by Free Deer Stand Plans

If you are looking for a cheap way to get a deer stand up and going within a few hours, the Ultimate Economy Deer Hunting Stand by Free Deer Stand Plans is the way to go. This model should cost you about $50 to build. Although there is no enclosed shelter involved with this plan, there is an excellent 42-inch deck and a swivel chair at the top. If you are new to building, this is a perfect plan to try as it is a straightforward ladder-type construction.

Skill Level: Beginner

Tools: Saw, Hammer, Square

Supplies: Nails, Pipe, Plywood, 2X4, Tar Paper, Roof Materials

3. Octagon Deer Blind by The Spruce Crafts

If you are an expert builder, this Octagon Deer Blind by The Spruce Crafts could be a great option to consider. The Octagon shape of this deer stand will help you have the best vantage point over your hunting area. Also, this deer blind does not require a tree for you to be able to build it. You will, however, need a lot of construction ability and skill. The plans for this unit are going to take some skill to read through and work with.

Skill Level: Expert

Tools: Drill, Saw, Square

Supplies: Screws, Wood, Bolts, Hinges, Brackets

4. Dree Tree Stand Plans by HH04

This particular Dree Tree Stand Plan from HHO4 is a model that can be very easily manipulated to fit what you need. This is a plan that will require a bit of your time, as it’s not that easy to build. It does include a large platform stand, a rail, and a seat. This deer stand has pretty much everything you need and should last for many years.

Skill Level: Intermediate to Expert

Tools: Saw, Hammer, Drill

Supplies: Wood, Brackets, Screws, Nails

5. Two Level Deer Stand Plan from Free Deer Stand Plans

If you are looking for a bit more height from your deer stand, this Two Level Plan from Free Deer Stand Plans is a great option. This deer stand has a shooting height of 15 feet, and at the top of this stand is a deer blind box as well. This plan is a bit time consuming to build because of the various levels involved, but the actual construction is not very difficult.

Skill Level: Intermediate to Expert

Tools: Saw, Drill, Hammer, Square

Supplies: Wood, Screws, Nails, Hammer, Washers, Paint

6. Deer Blind Plan by My Outdoor Plans

This 6×6 deer blind plan is a simple yet functional Deer Blind from My Outdoor Plans. This deer blind will support several people, and there are viewing windows out of each side of the deer blind. You can adjust this plan to make sure that it is the height that you need. When you finish with this plan, you can expect it to last for years to come. Don’t forget to add some paint or stain to the outside!

Skill Level: Intermediate

Tools: Saw, Hammer, Square, Drill

Supplies: Wood, Hinges, Roofing Material, Paint or Stain, Glue

7. Tower Box Deer Hunting Stand from Free Deer Stand Plans

If you are without an excellent tree to build a stand on or around, this Tower Box Deer Hunting Stand from Free Deer Stand Plans is a great choice. This stand gives you the vantage point of being up in the trees without having a tree present. We love that this plan has two decks to make it a safer and more manageable climb to the top, especially when you have all your gear in tow.

Skill Level: Intermediate to Expert

Tools: Saw, Hammer, Drill, Square, Level

Supplies: Wood, Roofing Material, Nails, Screws, Glue

8. Scheierl Deer Stand

This is a traditional deer stand with a camouflage blind at the top called a Scheierl Deer Stand. The construction of this deer stand should not prove to be difficult, given the instructions and measurements provided. What we love the most is that you can make this as high or as low as you need to. Only you know the correct height that will work for your property.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Tools: Saw, Hammer, Drill

Supplies: Wood, Screws, Nails, Material to cover camo box

9. Tree Stand by Musket Hunting

If you need a simple platform at the top of a ladder, the Tree Stand by Mustket Hunting is the perfect option for you. This is a very affordable option that is quite simple to build. You will need a solid tree and some basic construction skills. Outside of that, you can have this tree stand done in no time and get yourself back to hunting.

Skill Level: Beginner

Tools: Saws, Hammer, Drill

Supplies: Nails, Screws, Wood, Plywood

10. Small DIY Deer Stand from How To Specialist

The Small DIY Deer Stand from the Hot To Specialist is one of the best laid out plans that we could find. You will get step-by-step instructions for exactly what you need to complete before moving to the next step. This model does not cost as much to build as others. Because of its size and the use of plywood, even as a roofing material, you will not have to spend too much time building before you are ready to hunt again.

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Tools: Saw, Tape Measure, Hammer, Drill

Supplies: Plywood, Screws

11. DIY Box Blind For Deer Hunting from Outdoor Texan

The DIY Box Blind from Outdoor Texan is a build that will take you around 10 hours and cost about $300. The DIY Box Blind is a larger deer stand that several people can use at once. Although this particular model is not raised off the ground, there is no reason you couldn’t build a stand to put this box blind on. A locking door is a nice feature on this unit to keep other creatures away when it is not hunting season.

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Tools: Saw, Hammer, Drill

Supplies: Wood, Screws, Roofing Materials, Paint

12. Twelve-Foot Wood Tower Stand by Kentucky Keith

The 12-Foot Tower Stand by Kentucky Keith is an excellent option if you have two people that hunt together. The tower stand has a relatively simple design that can be customized on the interior to work for your preferences. The directions for this tower stand are clear and give excellent measurements. If you have some woodworking ability, you should have no trouble building this traditional tower stand.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Tools: Drill, Saw, Hammer, Nails

Supplies: Plywood, Nails, Concrete for Posts, Roofing Materials

13. Round Deer Stand by Archery Talk

The Round Deer Stand posted on Archery Talk is more of a step-by-step look into a real DIY enthusiast’s work on this stand each weekend. You will have to read through a bit of the thread to get all of the information you need. Seeing this deer stand come together is quite satisfying and will give intermediate and expert woodworkers some excellent inspiration for their own models.

Skill Level: Intermediate to Expert

Tools: Saw, Hammer, Drill, Tape Measure, Square

Supplies: Plywood, Hinges, Nails, Screws, Roofing Material

14. Bubba’s Deer Stand

Bubba’s Deer Stand works perfectly for those that have a tree to work with. This deer stand will be chained to the tree and have a fairly tall ladder to deliver you to the platform. The roof on the deer stand is a tin roof. If you treat the wood of this deer stand properly and make sure this is a quality build, Bubba’s Deer Stand will be around for many years.

Skill Level: Expert

Tools: Saw, Ladder, Hammer, Drill, Square

Supplies: Wood, Roofing Materials, Paint, Nails, Screws

15. 4X6 Shooting House Plans by The How To Specialist

The 4×6 Shooting House by The How To Specialist is not quite a traditional deer stand, but it works in the same way. The great thing about a shooting house is that you can use this model for inspiration to build upon a stand. You could add a platform to a tree or create a foundation and place this house on top of it. This is a smaller box, but a very functional design for a few people looking to get some deer hunting in this season.

Skill Level: Intermediate to Expert

Tools: Saw, Hammer, Tape Measure, Drill

Supplies: Hinges, Wood, Roofing Material, Screws, Nails

16. Elevated Deer Blind Stand by My Outdoor Plans

The Elevated Deer Blind Stand is the perfect mix of a deer stand and a box blind. This model can be modified to reach the correct height that you need for your land. This is a more complicated, expert-level build, but it is also a model that will remain on your property for many years. We love that this particular model features an opening on all sides to make sure that you do not miss any of the angles.

Skill Level: Expert

Tools: Hammer, Square, Sander, Drill, Saw

Supplies: Plywood, Screws, Glue, Stain

17. Tower Blind Deer Stand Build by Scott Gregg

The Tower Blind Deer Stand Build by Scott Gregg is a video tutorial that will take you through a step-by-step process of building a deer stand. If you are wondering whether or not this a project for you, we highly recommend watching this video to get a better idea of what goes into building your deer stand. Scott has created several videos about this one particular stand, and there are plenty of moments throughout the building process when you can customize this plan to work precisely for your needs.

Skill Level: Intermediate to Expert

Tools: Saw, Drill, Square, Hammer

Supplies: Wood, Paint, Nails, Screws, Brackets

18. DIY Elevated Deer Blind by Back in The Woods

We saved one of the most straightforward deer stand plans for last. The DIY Elevated Deer Blind by Back In The Woods is a project that you can do with a friend in a few hours. This video tutorial will give you a step-by-step look into what it took to put this unit together. In addition to this being a rather quick build, it is also really cost-effective. You can use the basic design of this model to customize the deer stand into a perfect fit for your property.

Skill Level: Easy to Intermediate

Tools: Saw, Hammer, Drill, Sander

Supplies: Wood, Nails, Screws


A deer stand can be as straightforward or as complicated as you want it to be. The most critical variables to consider when building your own deer stand are visibility and safety. Make sure that your deer stand is capable of holding not just you and your friend, but all of your gear as well. If your deer stand is close to the ground, having a door that can lock for the times when you are not there to keep an eye on it is a smart decision. Lastly, when building a deer very high stand, consider putting in a few levels as stopping/safety points on the way up to the top. Regardless of what plan you decide to go with, we hope you enjoy your time spent in the woods. Happy hunting!

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