Climbing treestand tips that will help you become a better crossbow hunter.
Climbing Treestand Tips
- Go Light –Ditch the backpack and that other gear that isn’t a necessity. It’s much easier to carry a climber in on your back if your not hauling a lot of additional weight. If you still need some gear try to pare down and use something lighter like a fanny pack or fill your pockets.
- Seek Cover – Straight, branch less trees lack cover and will not break up your silhouette. So look for a solid climbing tree that is growing in a cluster, near leafy saplings, or surrounded by conifers. Keep in mind that as the seasons change these spots will as well, depending on the type of cover chosen.
- Find a Fork – If cover is light, choose a tree that forks 18-20 feet up. This will give you a little more back cover to break up your pattern.
- Get Higher – Another trick for low-cover situations is to go higher and further remove yourself from your quarries site line. Keep in mind this added elevation will affect your shooting angle so don’t forget to account for this during shot placement.
- Don’t Hang Out – If your climbing stand kicks out from under your feet your harness will catch you. Don’t just leave yourself in a position where you are stuck, make sure you have a controlled decent device.
- Clang & Bang – Make sure your climber is strapped together and has padding in appropriate areas to reduce metal on metal sounds that comes from trekking through the woods. Pipe insulation and a little duct tape will go along way. Some climbers have noise reduction technology built in.
- Trim Lanes in Advance – You can always go in and climb a tree the day of. But if you can go in early trim your climbing tree and the lanes around it, you’ll ensure nothing will get between you and your trophy.
- Know Your Climber – Practice with your climber on different size and species of trees before the season. The exercise will not only help your climbing, but it will allow your to better recognize trees in your area which are perfectly suited for your climber.