8 Ways to Stay Safe in Your Climbing Treestand

Climbing treestands can be one of the most effective ways to stay mobile during the hunting season as you position yourself in the perfect spot to get the shot on deer. But climbing treestands can also be one of the most dangerous aspects of hunting if you don’t keep it safe. Things can get ugly quick if you’re careless with your climbing treestand. I remember the days when I’d monkey up the tree with a climbing treestand without a care in the world. No safety harness and no patience – I simply zipped up the tree as quick as I could go. Looking back, I thank God that He spared me from what could have been a disastrous situation. As we approach another deer hunting season, we remind you, keep it safe when climbing in and out of your treestand.

climbing treestand - lone-wolf-climber

Having the right angle on your climbing treestand can make a big difference in your comfort and safety.

Be sure to familiarize yourself with your treestand before you head to the woods. Sure, that sounds like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at how many hunters head to the woods in the dark for a hunt without having practiced or tried out their new treestand. Take the time to go through the routine in your backyard. Know how everything works before you head to the woods to hunt from your climbing treestand.

Our friends at Lancaster Archery give us a look at 8 ways to stay safe in your climbing treestand this season in the video below.


What about you? Are these safety steps a part of your treestand routine? If not, seriously consider making them a habit on your hunts this season. They just might make a difference in you coming home safe this season.


  1. Matthew Klunk says:

    I fell taking down a hang on in 2012, Labor Day. Landed upside down on my shoulders and broke 5 vertebrae. Not a fun experience let me say. Embarrassing part was I had my harness on with lineman’s belt but tree had too many branches to use the belt while climbing so I figured I’d wait until I got up there to tie off… that was until I started getting stung by wasps and fell rushing down. So I have changed my ways and I only use my climber these days; that way I can be tied off 100% of the time. If you’re going to use a hang on, install a vertical safety rope and use a prussic or rope grab device while climbing so you’re tied off 100% of the time. Remember that tree steps are likely going to rip you wide open if you fall on one so keep your tether tight and short to limit free fall distance and buy a harness with built in suspension relief strap. Best wishes for a safe season, all!


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