With these advantages, it is no surprise that tree stand hunting is so popular [Pope and Young Club records for the 19th recording period show that 90% of the 2793 whitetails entered were shot from tree stands or ground blinds].
With that popularity has come the manufacture of a variety of tree stands and accessory products on the market. There is a lot of choice of tree stands for different environments, so it is important to choose the correct stand for the type of hunting environment you are in.
Fixed tree stands are essentially a small seat and a foot platform attached to the tree. To hang these stands you need to also carry either climbing sticks or climbing steps.
Climbing tree stands are generally bigger and heavier than fixed stands but are designed so you use them to climb up the tree while you are attached to the stand. They have the advantage of mobility as you can carry them around and climb any appropriate trees during your hunt. The disadvantage is that they are only suited to certain types of trees.
Ladder stands comprise a ladder with a seat or chair at the top that is leaned against a tree, and then secured into place with straps. They are very stable and suited to unfit hunters or those who don’t want to climb trees.
Tripod stands are a chair or seat supported by 3 or 4 legs placed on the ground. They are suitable for areas that have no trees, or the trees are too small to support a hunter. They have the advantage that they can be set up anywhere, but the disadvantage is they are usually heavy and are not carried around easily.
Choosing the correct tree stand for your hunting environment and climbing skills is critical to your hunting success.
It is also vitally important to understand the risks and hazards with using tree stands and how to avoid accidents.