Always be cautious using a tree stand. As hunters begin to set up tree stands as part of their preparation, safety is still rule number one whether you are scouting a location, trimming shooting lanes and putting up your tree stand, even on a trial basis, use the same precautions you would during hunting season.
Use a lineman-style belt in addition to a full-body harness when first putting a tree stand in place. This minimizes the chance of falls and potential injury, and, always select a healthy, straight tree for placement.
Never carry anything as you climb — use a haul line to raise and lower equipment.
- Maintain three points of contact when climbing.
- Follow manufacturer instructions.
- Don’t exceed manufacturer’s maximum height settings.
- Have an emergency signal device with you.
- Tell someone where you plan to go.
As with any piece of equipment, tree stands need inspection before use.
- Rusted bolts
- Frayed straps or, if needed, buy a new tree stand.
Leaving a tree stand up from one season to the next has some inherent problems that outweigh any convenience. When a tree stand is exposed to the elements due to long-term placement, it may have damaged straps, ropes and attachment cords — any of which may potentially lead to breakage and failure.