I am thinking of building an elevated stand on the back side of my property just for shooting varmints.
Even on your own land you want to check a wooden tree stand before you climb into it. When I taught bow hunter safety in CT we used to warn the participants about two stands that had been sabotaged by either idiots or antis. Which is another good reason for a safety harness.
And I used to use a stand but now I prefer the ground.