Treestand Basics

Cinque Terre

Treestands have been used for decades. Modern designs are engineered to be safe and comfortable, perfect if you’re wanting to get off the ground. Let’s check out the basics before setting up a stand for the coming season.

Who

Hunters use treestands if they want a bird’s eye view of a hunting area. The height advantage lets you see farther into tree cover to spot incoming game.

What

Only safety approved treestands (Treestand Manufacturers Association) should be considered for use. Manufacturers are held to tight safety restrictions to help prevent falls or accidents. From ladder stands to lock-on designs that require climbing steps or a ladder, there are a lot of options. Consider size and weight for ease of set up and comfort when sitting long hours.

When

Treestands can be used for hunting any big game. Set them up in advance of the season to reduce disturbance when you intend to hunt. Make sure you remove your stand at the end of the season so it doesn’t get damaged by wind or the elements. We don’t want fastening devices to weather…or else we’re compromising future function.

Where

Major game trails are prime locations to set stands. Scouting to determine where animals are bedding and feeding will allow you to set up on daily travel corridors. Make sure to watch the prevailing winds—try to stay downwind of the area you intend to hunt. North-facing stands mean not having the sun in your eyes when it rises or sets.

For safety, set up only in mature, healthy, straight-growing trees.

Why

Apart from a viewing advantage, getting up in a tree removes your scent from the ground where animals travel. An elevated position helps conceal you against the sky and eliminates you from an animal’s eye level.

Why Not?

Treestands tick off all the boxes: see more game, stay out of sight, control scent at ground level, and improve shooting opportunity at closer range. That said, treat your safety as paramount—ensure your stand is safety approved and follow manufacturer’s guidelines. Always climb and sit with a safety harness in case of a fall or treestand malfunction.

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