Course Outline

Self-climbing tree stand

These self-climbing stands are designed for trees with straight trunks and consist of two sections. A hunter “walks” the stand up a tree by moving the top section with the hands and the bottom section with the feet.

  • While still on the ground, adjust the stand to allow for the tapering of the tree that occurs as you go up.
  • When climbing, go slowly, take small steps, and keep the two sections of the stand connected with a tether.
  • Avoid using this type of stand on trees with shaggy bark or with branches between the ground and the desired elevation.
  • Never use these stands on trees covered with ice or snow.
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