Nova Scotia Hunter Safety Course

 

Self-Climbing Stand

The self-climbing stand is highly portable and is available in many styles. It can be carried like a backpack into the woods on the day of the hunt and used in different locations, depending on the hunting conditions. To install it in a tree, a hunter uses a push-down, pull-up method. It requires practice to become proficient with how this stand operates, so it's wise to practice at ground level before hunting season begins. A safety strap is required when climbing with this stand, so select a tree that does not have loose or peeling bark.

The hunter stands on the bottom platform and pulls the seat section up to waist level. He or she then sits on the seat and raises the bottom platform up to the bottom of the seat section. The hunter then stands on the bottom platform and pulls the seat section up to waist level. This action is repeated until the hunter reaches the desired height.

Safety Tips for Self-Climbing Stands:

  • Attach your FAS/FBH to the tree before leaving the ground.
  • Attach the seating and standing platforms in a slightly upward direction to compensate for the narrowing of the tree trunk as you go up.
  • Connect both the seating and standing platforms together to prevent the platforms from separating, leaving you stranded.
  • As you ascend or descend, move the tree belt anchorage with you. Never hurry. Take short, distinct bites.
 
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