After using my Lone Wolf climbing sticks for 3 seasons, I finally decided to bite the bullet and complete the system with a Lone Wolf Assault II hang on stand. To sum up my thoughts so far, I’ll say this- I wish I had upgraded sooner! This purchase was well worth it, and I hope to share some of my thoughts on the stand in this blog.
As I alluded to in my opening statement, this stand is awesome! Weighing in at 11 pounds, the Lone Wolf Assault II is slightly lighter than my previous treestand. This has obvious benefits, but is not the main reason that I like this stand. Despite being slightly cramped once in the stand, the compact nature of the Assault allows it to pack through the woods very easily. This feature is critical for mobile hunters! Additionally, the combination of being lightweight and small framed, makes this stand a breeze to hang.
Aside from the small size, the leveling adjustments make this stand work well for hanging in small or crooked trees. My first hunt in this stand was out of a leaning blackgum, and I was able to adjust the platform and seat to make things work. This can be a huge benefit, as it allows you to go to places other hunters can’t hunt. Last year one of my successful hunts came out of a willow, and I typically seek out swampy areas that other hunters tend to avoid. Species like willow that grow in these areas tend to be either crooked or have many lower limbs, both of which eliminate the ability of many hunter to hang stands there. While I was still able to have success with my old stand last year, having the ability to make leveling adjustments gives me much greater confidence that I will be able to find a tree on hang-and-hunts in new locations.
Despite all of the great things that I have to say about this stand, there are two main issues that I will note. The first problem with the Lone Wolf Assault II is comfort; the platform is small, and the seat cushion is thin. While I would not trade comfort for the weight of a larger platform, having a more comfortable seat would be nice. I have plans to upgrade the seat, as this is the main issue I have with the stand.
The second note I will make deals with the bow holder that is part of the stand. It is a unique feature of the cast platform, but it does take some getting used to. I hunt with a thumb release that hangs from my D-loop during the hunt, and on my first hunt my leg triggered the release. This caused the release to fall from the stand, clanging off the platform as it fell. I may add a bow holder to the side of the platform, or just get used to having the bow between my legs. This is a minor issue in the grand scheme of things, but is worth noting.
To give full disclosure, I purchased this stand at full price- and I would have done it sooner if I had known how well I would like it! With the exception of the seat being fairly uncomfortable, the Lone Wolf Assault II is built exceptionally well. It is light, quiet, and the perfect addition to the arsenal of any mobile hunter.