Course Outline

These platform stands are designed for trees with straight, uniform trunks and consist of two sections, which are also the climbing aids. A hunter “walks” the stand up a tree by moving one section with the hands and one with the feet.

  • While on the ground, you must adjust the stand to allow for the tapering of the tree as you go up.
  • When climbing, go slowly, take small steps, and always keep the two sections attached to one another with a tether.
  • This type of stand is not suited for trees with shaggy bark, such as some pines or hickories, or for trees with branches between the ground and the desired elevation.
  • Never use these stands on trees covered with ice or snow.
Self-climbing tree stand
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