I have shoot several bucks form 12 to 17 ft there are times put stands higher but most of the time can find another tree with better concelment in 15 to17. If not i put up a ground blind can always brush that in!!!!
I normally go up 15-25ft with my stands, it just depends on the surroundings and particular tree I’m in. But here is the kicker, the last 2 bucks I’ve taken with my bow………I done it from the ground. So I guess my vote is for 0ft. Then again, I really enjoy ground hunting spot/stalk.
Like a lot of people said, it all depends on cover and the situation. I go as high as the area lets me. For instance, one of my stands is about 25′. Its on the edge of a field with good cover all around the stand. Another stand on the same land, is only about 15′. Its in a cedar swamp and that’s as high as I can get up and still be able to see and get a shot off.