Millennium T-100 Mini-Tripod Stand
Dr. John Woods 12.30.13
Hunters constantly debate the ideal location for tree stand placements. Sometimes hunters, especially white-tailed deer hunters, forget that many stand models are indeed portable just for the purpose of being able to move them, thus the growing popularity of lock-on and especially climbing tree stands that can be quickly dismantled from around a tree and moved elsewhere.
Now for those of us uncomfortable with the lock-on stand variety or even the climbing style, there is a new option on the market. Millennium Stands of Pearl, Mississippi has introduced their new T-100 10-foot aluminum tripod stand.
Each of the tripod’s three legs pivots in a sort of socket into which the upper part of the leg is mounted inside nylon type bushings. This allows each leg to be spread out completely with tension created by a strap that is connected to all three legs. All of this is securely bolted together, as you will quickly learn if you buy the stand in the factory box to put together yourself. I have to admit the first of two took me about 3 hours to assemble. The second one went faster. The design is quite impressive actually.
The seat atop the tripod is a classic Millennium folding metal frame Comfortech seat covered with heavy duty material, which has proven very durable and comfortable in other Millennium stands I use. Each side of the seat has a strap to retain the seatback in the upright position. It quietly rotates 360 degrees.
One of the legs has welded steps used to climb into the stand. There are only four steps. The other two legs have one step at the top to serve as a foot rest as you pivot the 360 degrees around in the chair.
There is a metal foot rest that is bolted onto the lower portion of the seat that can be raised and lowered. Although not mentioned in the owner’s assembly manual, this foot rest can be reversed and mounted as a gun rest once seated. I assembled the stands I bought initially with the foot rest down, but later decided I liked the rifle rest idea better since I could rest my feet on the steps. I covered the exposed gun rest metal with plumber’s pipe insulation tubing and taped them down with electricians tape to make it quiet.
Let me make one point here that is simply my own opinion. This stand is only 10 feet high, plus with the design there is no place I can find to attach a conventional safety strap harness. Turning the foot rest device over into a raised gun rest does provide a sort of safety bar to reduce the chance of falling out of the seat at least for someone my size. I’m just saying.
One additional feature of the T-100 is the option to buy a mounting bracket for a Primos Trigger Stick that can be adjusted to use as a shooting rest while seated in the stand. Even with the foot rest reversed to a gun rest, I mounted my Trigger Stick on the left side anyway so I would have added peripheral gun mounting options as a right-handed shooter. It works.
Now to the real meat of this report. Where and how would one use a portable tripod that is only ten foot in height? The simple answer of course is anywhere, but there is more to it to use the T-100 effectively.
The instructional sales video on the web site talks about using the stand placed back into the cover of a low tree or bushes. I think it’s a good idea to brush in the lower portion of the stand with limbs and woodland stuff. Full camouflage would be smart, including a facemask and gloves if bow hunting. Rotating in the seat slowly and deliberately would be smart, too.
Post a T-100 in the corners of food plots back into cover and shadows, on the edges of habitat mixes like an open grass field and a timber line or back from deer travel lanes, feeding areas, and funnels. A good funnel for a T-100 would be a creek crossing showing lots of muddy crossing sign. Just don’t put the tripod up too close to the crossing.
The Millennium T-100 is a well-made, sturdy tripod. Its light weight allows it to be moved easily. The seat is super comfortable, permitting longer stays in the stand. That is the secret to surprising a big buck unaware of your presence.