Hunting Climbing Tree Stands
A climbing tree stand allows huntsmen to have a higher vantage point to hunt from a seat within a tree. Being above ground level, a climber tree stand keeps the woodsman out of sight and helps to conceal the woodsman's scent. It is easy to climb using a tree stand.What is a climber tree stand?
While some tree stands require a ladder to access, a climber tree stand allows you to scale hardwoods with the tree stand itself and sit in a seat at a desirable height. A climber tree stand seat secures to a tree by putting weight on metal teeth that wedge into the bark of a hardwood with the huntsman's own weight. The lack of a ladder means that you will not have to leave the stand behind.How do you safely use a climber tree stand?
Weight restrictions and limits of climbing tree stands are different for most models, and an owner's manual should always be followed when attempting to use a climber stand. By using the safety tips in the owner's manual, the risk is reduced.
- Make sure to pick a healthy tree that isn't likely to have bark breaking off. Adjust the tree stand to suit the tree's width according to the owners manual.
- Always use a belt with a harness whenever climbing a hunting stand, and avoid climbing in hazardous or slippery conditions.
- Have three secure points of contact on every surface you are climbing or standing on to avoid slipping or losing balance.
- Before hunting in a tree stand, always make sure you let someone know where you are and have a way to contact someone for emergencies.
- Inspect your hunting stand along with any equipment regularly for wear or breaks in welds.
Many woodsmen will use a haul line to safely move gear into a hunting stand. A haul line allows you to use a climbing tree stand with your hands free instead of holding the gear as you climb to the summit.
To use a haul line:
- Secure the haul line to the tree so that it is within reach of your hunting tree stand.
- Firmly tie any equipment you will need in the climbing tree stand to the end of the haul line before climbing.
- Slowly scale the tree with your climbing stand and safely secure yourself at the top.
- As you sit, pull your gear up with the haul line, and don't overreach for your gear.
Any harnesses with a safety belt and tether designed for tree stands will prevent a hunter from a fatal fall from a climbing stand. Summit harnesses are safety graded and inspected to hold the full weight of a hunter without major failures. Most harnesses come in a variety of sizes to support the huntsman's weight and size. As with all safer harnesses, always follow the owner's manual and replace the gear if it becomes expired.