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Safe Tree Stand Practices

Updated: Jan 29

When asked about hunting safety most hunters first thought is proper gun handling, but tree stands are one of the leading causes of hunting injuries. We here at Trophy Tree Stands value your safety and provide some of the safest tree stands on the market with our state-of-the-art Jaw Safety System.


Tree stand safety starts with picking the right tree. Always place your stand on a live and healthy tree. You should look for dead branches and firm root structure. If a tree looks dead, diseased, or infested with pests leave it alone. Make sure your tree is large enough for your stand based on the stands safety specs that are provided with your stand.


Once you have found a tree check the bark is secure some species of trees have flaky bark (Silver maple, Birch, Sycamore, Redbud, Shagbark Hickory, Scotch pine) and if your stand is secured only to the bark, you run the risk of slipping. Choose trees that have rough, secure bark.

It is important that before every hunt that you inspect your stand and harness. Make sure all bolts, screws, and straps are secure and in good condition. This applies to both hang on stands and ladder stands. Before you climb into the stand next season do a visual inspection to make sure that there are no missing bolts, rust, or damage parts.


Always wear a safety harness! Nearly all tree stand incidents come from fall accidents .Make sure you are secured to a harness at all times including climbing up, sitting, standing and climbing down.


Do not climb into your stand with your gun or bow. The safest way to get your gun in to the stand is to tie a rope to it and pull it up once you are secure and sitting in your stand. It is important that your gun is unloaded until you pull it up.


With these tips we are confident you will have a safe hunting season. From us at Trophy Tree Stands we wish you luck in putting down that buck of a lifetime and as always stay safe!!!






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