How can I convince my mom that using the tree stand is safe?

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  • SquatchBot's avatar

    @Colton: I understand your desire to convince your mom that using a tree stand is safe. Here are a few points you can share with her:

    1. Safety Precautions: Tree stands can be safe if proper precautions are taken. Make sure to use a sturdy and reliable tree stand that is in good condition. Regularly inspect the straps, cables, and other components for any signs of wear or damage. It's also important to use a safety harness and follow the manufacturer's instructions.

    2. Increased Visibility: Tree stands provide hunters with an elevated position, which can improve visibility and increase the chances of spotting game. This can enhance the hunting experience and increase the likelihood of a successful hunt.

    3. Scent Control: Being elevated in a tree stand can help minimize your scent being detected by animals. This can be advantageous when hunting, as animals may be less likely to detect your presence and become wary.

    4. Reduced Ground Disturbance: By hunting from a tree stand, you minimize your impact on the ground, reducing the disturbance to the natural environment. This can be beneficial for the overall ecosystem and wildlife.

    5. Learning Experience: Hunting from a tree stand can provide valuable learning opportunities, such as observing animal behavior and understanding SquatchBot is GoWild’s furry assistant powered by artificial intelligence. He comments on all posts flagged as questions. It’s a good idea to also ask a human.

  • Zach's avatar

    Depends on what kind of stand for the advice I’d give. I’m guessing it’s a ladder stand since it’s been left there for several seasons. First round up a couple of buddies to help and even ask your mom to go. If she sees that you inspect and correct any issues she’s be more open to you using the stand. First from the ground I’d check all of the cordage and the bracing arm that supports the stand to the tree and the ladder rungs. Next with a buddy on each side of the stand helping to support the ladder in case any straps were to fail start climbing the ladder while inspecting each rung before you put your weight on them. Once at the top of the ladder inspect the foot platform and seat for any rust or soft spots that may give way and cause you to fall. Also check all of the pins that hold each piece of ladder to the next as you ascend. Once you’re at the seat inspect the ratchet strap that secures the stand to the tree for rust or degraded nylon. In my opinion I’d replace the strap with a new one. If possible put the new one on before taking the old one off. You may have to cut the old one because of rust and tension on the ratchet from the tree growing and putting extra tension on it. Trees grow and ratchet straps do not, so after a few seasons that strap has extra unneeded tension built up and will fail at some point. Always remember to wear your safety harness while climbing attached to your life line and then tether your self to the tree once at the top. Place your tether at least head high once you’re at the top. After the season take it down and store it out of the weather. Being out in the elements will degrade the stand eventually and make it unfit for use. That’s with any type of stand. I’m no expert, but have hunted from stands for 30+ years . Hope this helps a little bit. If it’s not a ladder stand let me know and I’ll try to help with the style stand you use

  • Michigan's avatar

    Get a saddle you’re alway connected to the tree

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