This past weekend I started hanging my treestands for the upcoming archery hunting season. Over 3 days I was able to hang and prepare 6 full sets, but it seemed that each day I managed to forget something critical that would have made it so much easier. As I prepare to hang a few more sets this coming weekend, I started to make a list. I thought, I can’t be the only one that gets deep in the timber, only to realize I left a helpful tool at home. Here is a list of my top 10 products that make hanging treestands easier.
- Safety Harness – When hanging stands I prefer a vest style harness with a lineman’s strap. The extra pockets come in handy and allows my hands to be free. I always put a lifeline up as well.
- Glow Tacks – It does you no good to hang the perfect set if you’re wandering around on opening morning because you can’t find your stand.
- Pole Saw – A few years back I bought a hooyman saw and it’s been well worth it. Don’t miss the shot of a lifetime because a stray limb is in the way.
- Tool Kit – I carry a compact socket set, adjustable wrench, screw driver, etc. It seems that something will always break or need to be tightened up once you’re in the woods.
- Insect Repellent – This time of year the bugs can eat you alive. A good bug spray or thermocell can make your life easier.
- Bow Hanger and Rope – Don’t forget to get these setup before the season.I would hate to count how many times I’ve been fumbling around on opening morning with no hooks in the tree and none in my pack.The bow rope will also aid in pulling the stand up.
- Compass – This will allow you to properly place you strand in relation to the trail for a particular wind direction.
- Sickle or Machete – These will make quick work of clearing thick greens and briars.
- Work Gloves – Hanging stands can be tough on your body. Tree bark is very abrasive and will tear your hands up not to mention that pesky poison ivy.
- Rangefinder – This is a great tool to ensure that you are setting up within a comfortable shooting distance of whatever tail you anticipate deer traveling. I also use mine to range all possible shooting lanes so I know what to be prepared for come the first day.
I’m not saying that all of these items are necessary, but they sure will make hanging your treestands easier. These tools do come with a price (weight) and chances are that you will not need every tool every time you hang a stand. At the same time, having them with you is better than making another trip, or even missing a shot opportunity that could have been possible. Hopefully these lessons I’ve learned from trial and error can help someone avoid making mistakes of their own this year. Sign up for our newsletter to receive more helpful tips and articles.
Good luck to everyone this season!