— Avoid wooden, permanent stands nailed into trees. Wood rot and wind motion can quickly make these stands unsafe.
— Always use a full-body safety harness and lifeline while climbing up or down.
— Attach the safety harness to a short tether once you’re in the stand.
— Use a haul line to raise and lower your gear, bow or firearm.
— Always maintain three points of contact when climbing up or down.
— Hunt with a plan and ensure someone knows where your treestands are located and which stand you are hunting from.
— Carry a cellphone or other communication device so you can call someone if you’re injured.