Attaching a Strap on / Chain on Tree Stand
While climbing stands have become very popular in recent years, there is a lot to be said for not having to carry a stand into the woods every time you hunt. Use these tips to help set up and use a strap on stand.
Setting Up Tree Steps
One of the most common mistakes hunters make when it comes to using strap on stands and tree steps is spacing the steps out too far. In early fall with light clothing on, we can reach up and make that extra few inches, but as winter nears we have multiple layers on and those few inches can easily make a once difficult climb impossible.
A good rule of thumb or knee is to place your steps on opposite sides of the tree, each step about knee height of slightly below knee height of the one below it. Spend the extra money and get enough steps to make the height you want, or lower your stand, donít put them too far apart.
It is helpful when setting up your tree steps to bring along a scrap piece of copper of PVC pipe, simply slip the pipe over the end of the tree step once started and it will allow you hand or glove to slide around the tree step without binding.
Never rely on branches, no matter how strong they look, always put a step where you need it, the last thing you want is a branch letting go.
If you are worried about someone stealing your stand, think about replacing the first 4 tree steps with the strap on kind, that way you can bring them in and out with you as you hunt, effectively keeping people away from your stand.
If possible use your climbing stand to assist you in both setting up your stand and your tree steps, the larger work platform will be of a great help and as you climb back down you can set up your steps as you go.
Hanging the Strap on Stand
Now comes the hard part, yep, screwing all those steps into the tree is the easy part, you didnít know that? Bring your bow or rifle rope with you and once you are in the tree at the height you want and are strapped off, full the stand up to you. I have also put up a strap with a carabiner attached to it and pulled my stand up from below, once it is at the height I wanted I tied it off and this allowed me to position it without having to support the weight of the stand.
It is greatly beneficial when setting up a strap on stand to widen out the strap prior to climbing the tree, it is very difficult to get the stand positioned, let alone loosen a strap while in the tree.
Lastly, I like to use a second ratchet strap on my strap on stands, I place the second strap low on the stand which helps to keep it from shifting while I am climbing in and out of it.
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