Up, Up and Away Tree Stands 101

Using a tree stand is like anything else: the more you do it, the easier it becomes, and the more comfortable it will feel.  With so many options out there, there is a stand for everybody, and every hunting level.  Ladder stands, climbing stands, and fix stands all provide their advantages and disadvantages.  It is important to remember that any time you are using a tree stand, you MUST wear a harness and a fall arrest system.  Keep in mind that more people are killed each year from using homemade tree stands than all others combined.  Old boards crack, nails and screws become unattached, and rain and sun weaken the boards.  They are just plain unsafe and should be avoided at all costs. Additionally, any time you are hanging stands, you should also be wearing a lineman’s climbing belt for additional stability and balance.  If you are afraid of heights, then a tree stand is not right for you.  There is nothing wrong with hunting from the ground.  I will cover that topic later.

Ladder stands are just as the name implies: a ladder with a tree stand attached at the top of the ladder.  They come in a variety of materials, most often steel and aluminum.  When installed properly, they are the safest of all tree stands.  They are extremely stable, and some are big enough to hold two hunters comfortably.  This makes them ideal for taking young hunters aloft for their first few seasons.  Generally, this type of stand is put up once at the beginning of the hunting season and left up in one for spot for the duration.   

Ladder stands require two people to set them up and are often cumbersome to maneuver around.  Most ladder stands range from 15 to 17 feet in height.  At this height, most people feel comfortable hunting and it provides them with the optimum shooting angle.  The higher you are off the ground, the steeper your shooting angle becomes, making it more difficult to get a double long shot.  Ladder stands are attached to the tree with a series of straps and ratchets the lock it in place.  The ladder is very easy to climb, and is extremely sturdy. 

The platforms on ladder stands vary in width and length depending on your specific hunting need.  It is important to match your platform to your style of hunting.  Rifle hunters generally do not need as big of a platform, because most of their shooting is done from the seated position.  Bow hunters, on the other hand, often prefer larger platforms so that they can shoot either standing or sitting. 

The only downside to a ladder stand is that they are more visual in the woods, thus making it more difficult to hide than the other two types of tree stands.  Also, because of their size, they are not portable. 

A climbing stand is the most portable of the three types of tree stands.  It is carried into the woods the day of the hunt and taken back out at the end of the day.  There are two pieces that make up this type of stand: a seat and a base.  Each piece is attached to the tree via a cable. The hunter then inches his/her way upward by lifting the seat up and the base up, much like an inch worm moves, until he/she is at their desired height.  To climb a tree with this stand, it must be straight and free of branches.  Essentially, you are climbing a telephone pole.  This can leave the hunter exposed to the game if the stand is on the edge of a field or any other open area

Climbing stands are the most comfortable to sit in for long periods of time.  Most come with a heavily-padded seat and arm rests.  Some hunters refer to this type of stand as a lounger, claiming that they are as comfortable as their favorite lounge chair.  I can personally attest that many of the high-end climbing stands have chairs that are very comfortable, too comfortable for my liking.  This is the type of stand that most hunters fall asleep in and fall out of. 

One major advantage of this type of tree stand is its versatility and ease of use.  You only have to carry the stand.  There are no ladders and no other items to carry into the woods with you.   Also, if you are going to hunt public land, this is your best option for getting off the ground.  Any time you leave a stand in the woods, you are at risk of having some steal it.  I have even had this issue on private property.

The third type of stand is a fixed stand.  It requires the hunter to carry the stand, plus some type of a climbing device.  Climbing devices range from portable ladders, to interlocking climbing sticks, to strap-on rail systems.  This type of stand is very popular because of its ease of use and its ability to be highly mobile if necessary.  This is the type of stand that I use most often.

They allow individuals to climb to any height desirable.  Most climbing sticks and ladders max out at 20 feet.  Additionally, they allow you to place the stand above limbs and branches, allowing the hunter to have extra cover from the game below.  The platforms are very spacious and allow the hunter to shoot comfortably from the seated position or standing. 

Fixed stands are stable and very safe when used properly.  They typically attach to a tree with a belt or chain that is affixed to the stand directly below the seat.  Once connected, the hunter then synchs the belt tightly to the tree.  Add a secondary strap on the bottom for stability, and you are all set and ready to hunt.   Many high-end companies such as, Lone Wolf and Summit, now connect the stand to the tree with a strap and a hook system.  This system makes hanging stands extremely simple and fast. 

With any tree stand I hunt out of, I always attached a few extra accessories to the tree to aid in my comfort.  First, I always screw a bow holder to the tree.  From the bow holder, I can then hang my ropes for hoisting my bow and backpack up to the stand.  It also provides me with the space to hang my gear, backpack, range finder, binoculars, and calls.

When trying to decide where to hang your tree stand from, remember it is all about location, location, location.  Logging roads, field edges, and creek bottoms all make excellent locations to hang stands.  You should try to hang them some place where the deer are going to move past as they are following their daily routine.  Keep in mind that all deer have to eat and drink.  You just need to find out how they are getting from their house to the supermarket.  This is where off season scouting and trail cameras can pay big dividends. 

How high should a tree stand be?  Well, for most of us there is no reason to go above the 15-20 foot range.  Within that range, a hunter should be able to find adequate cover, even into the late season. 

Another important factor to take into consideration when hanging a tree stand is your ability to approach the stand undetected.  You need to determine what the prevailing wind is for that area and base your decision of how to enter your standoff of that.  You do not want to wake up the deer as your entering your stand area.  This may require you to go the long way in and out of your stand, but it will pay off in the end.  As walk, go slowly.  The slower you move, the quieter you become.  Do your best to avoid stepping on leaves and sticks in order to minimize noise. 

If you want the perfect tree stand location, keep your mouth shut.  Far too often, people want to brag about the big deer they have scouted around their tree stands.  Whether you do it in person during a conversation or chat about it online, the results will always be the same: someone else is going to either sit in your stand when you are not there, or they will erect one of their own nearby.  If you want to brag, wait till after you shoot the deer and then tell everyone that you shot it in the peach orchard.  Within a week, someone else will have a stand in that peach orchard. 

You must be comfortable on your stand.  You need to be able to sit fidget-free all morning or all afternoon.  The more you have to move around, the more likely that a deer is going to pick you off.  It is also important that you learn how to shoot from your tree stand in the seated position.  This will help you further conceal your movement in the tree. 

If you are seeing lots of deer, but cannot seem to figure out why they keep giving your stand a wide berth, look at the ground below.  Often times, fallen branches, downed trees, and other obstacles may be forcing deer to move just out of shooting range for you.  You want to move obstacles so that they force deer towards you, not away from you.  This is a little thing that can make a world of difference. 

Tales from a Treestand

I’ve been looking forward to this weekend for two weeks. I missed muzzleloader season last weekend because the husband was out of town. The weather isn’t perfect, it’s cool, windy and misting rains. But I can’t kill deer from the house, couch or the comfort of my bed.

Last night’s Halloween party kept me up later than I needed to be. I set my alarm for 4 pm rather than am. Woke up in a mad rush to gather my things, my thoughts and my coffee. I knew I’d get to the farm at daybreak so I planned to stalk in quietly. To my surprise, I was greeted by two random dogs who reeked of skunk. I thought for sure they would escort me to my stand.

Excuse me, there are deer here.

Two does exit stage left…

As I was saying, I had to run dogs off. The hike in was super quiet. Rain saturated ground creates a double edged sword. It makes moving quiet but climbing mountains slick! We all know I fall a lot so that was fun.

Within eyesight of my stand, the dreaded doe blow breaks the silence. I freeze, glass and see white tails everywhere. 🤬 wait them out a few, another step, another blow. Daggon it. So I just sit down. Spray some Nose Jammer on and check the wind…they definitely saw me cause the wind is great! As the blows end, I gather my things and trudge on in the final 100 yards to my stand.

For a moment, I just stare at this Summit climber I’ve become so familiar with, then up to my mark on the tree at 25 ft. Ugh. This is gonna suck. Tie all my gear together with mule tape and begin my ascent. Once settled, I was sure I would see nothing so I started this blog. Then came the does.

Obviously, by their posture and timid approach, these were the two I bumped coming in. They overcame their fears pretty quick when they got nose deep in Rackology. I watched them. I contemplated shots, but I waited, They walked away, and that’s okay. I need those girls when rut kicks in…😂😂😂

Winds picked up. No movement here in the 100 acre woods. My belly says, “lunch”. My feeder says, “corn”. And my morning coffee says, “Please go pee!!” So, down I go for food, corn and a bathroom break.

Returning with 50 lbs of corn, my bow and all my gear, I begin the .80 mile hike straight uphill. At the first plateau, I’m certain I will die before I get to my stand. When I make it to the top of the first ridge, I nearly collapse with fatigue. My hamstrings are on fire and my already injured shoulder is screaming angrily. I take a minute, lay down on the cold, wet, leaf covered ground and listen to my heart pound. Looking up, I see the canopy of foliage that is the epitome of KY beauty, take a big deep breath and tell myself (outloud), “ Get up, you’re almost there.”

Pushing forward, arriving at my set, pour out the corn, tie gear on to rope, stand and stare at the climbing stand, dreading the torture that is about to ensue. My legs still burning, my shoulders and back quivering in distress, my mind tells me, “There’s no way you’ll make it.”, but my heart says, “Girl, you better get up that tree!”

The evening hunt was uneventful. No deer. Swampcat squirrels, constant rain, hurricane equivalent winds, and neighbors sighting in rifles or having WW3? As the light disappeared, again I shimmied down this ole oak and began my trek out. I left the stand with tags left to fill. My body was beyond exhausted. My clothes were wet and my boots were muddy. But my heart, my heart was happy.

You see, I’m no “professional” hunter. I don’t have land managers, or thousands of acres planted with soybeans. Hunting doesn’t pay my bills and probably never will. The reward for me comes from thinking I will surely die packing corn into the mountains, and pouring it out on the ground a few minutes later. It’s standing at the base of a tree thinking my body can’t make it and clipping into my safety line and doing it anyway. It’s pushing my self to the limit…and then pushing a little further once I get there. And someday, if that big ole Booner buck cruises by, I’ll be ready.

Using Common Sense When Off the Ground

Have you ever wondered why some people jump out of perfectly good air planes, or why others drive dragsters over 200 miles an hour and not worry?  The answer is simple: they have on safety equipment that protects them when something goes wrong. 

There are guys who will spend well over two thousand dollars for a bow, a set of arrows, countless accessories, a tree stand and scent proof clothing, but yet are too cheap to buy a quality safety harness.  I just do not understand this thought process.  For many, this line of thinking results in severe injury or death.  

Every year, we read in the papers or in magazines about guys and gals who fall out of tree stands and are severely hurt or die, and for what?  Because they are too cheap or too lazy to wear a full body safety arrest system.  For me, the best $200.00 I could spend on hunting equipment is on a harness and a life line climbing line.  One of the best companies out there is Hunter Safety System.  All they do is make harnesses and harness accessories.  This company is dedicated to bringing you back home at the end of the hunt.  It is so simple: buckle the harness on, (which takes ten seconds) and then clip the harness in the safety carabineer before you step on the ladder to climb up the tree.  It is just that simple.  Now I have no worries.  If I slip off the ladder, not a problem, I will hang comfortably in the air until I can reach the ladder and regain my balance, or wait until one of hunting party comes along to help me down.  

There are just too many things that can go wrong when you are 20 feet in the air.  One of the most common ways in which people fall out of tree stands is that they simply fall asleep.  The early hours of the hunt, the cool breeze, the gentle rocking of the tree, put many hunters right to sleep. Many do not ever wake up again, and those that do often wake up in intensive care and suffer from severe paralysis the rest of their lives. The second most common area where hunters fall is while they are climbing up and down their ladders or climbing sticks.  Others fall out of their tree stand as they are preparing to shoot. They lose their balance or step where there is nothing but air.  

These are senseless injuries that could all have been prevented by simply wearing a full body fall arrest system.  Would you get in your car and not wear a seat belt? If so, you are gambling with your life. 

If you are going to hunt by yourself, let someone know where you are going, and when they should expect you back. Also, before you ever head into the woods, remember you have to purchase more than a bow and a license.  There are pieces of safety equipment out there specifically designed to get you into the woods and back again safely.  Please considerer all the cost associated with hunting, not just the cost of basic equipment.  

With all of today’s modern techno gadgets for hunters, there are simply no excuses for dying in the field.  Years ago we would hear tales of hunters who would die in the mountains because they would get lost and become so disoriented that they could not find their way out of the forest.  

Now, thanks to hand-held global positioning systems (many that cost less than a set of good arrows), there are fewer and fewer of these types of stories being told in deer camp.  Online, you can find free mapping programs that can give you a complete lay of the land before you ever leave your house.  There is even a spot beacon locator that allows you to communicate to friends and family that you are ok.  Heck, if you want to, you can even purchase a personal EPIRB to take with you into the woods.  There is just no excuse for getting lost.  


As a point of emphasis, I am including the Tree Stand Safety Guidelines from the Tree Stand Manufactures Association, despite some redundancy: 


ALWAYS wear a Fall-Arrest System (FAS)/Full Body Harness meeting TMA Standards even during ascent and descent. Be aware that single strap belts and chest harnesses are no longer allowed Fall-Arrest devices and should not be used. Failure to use a FAS could result in serious injury or death.


ALWAYS read and understand the manufacturer’s WARNINGS & INSTRUCTIONS before using the treestand each season. Practice with the tree stand at ground level prior to using at elevated positions. Maintain the WARNINGS & INSTRUCTIONS for later review as needed, for instructions on usage to anyone borrowing your stand, or to pass on when selling the tree stand. Use all safety devices provided with your tree stand.


NEVER exceed the weight limit specified by the manufacturer. If you have any questions after reviewing the WARNINGS & INSTRUCTIONS, please contact the manufacturer. 


ALWAYS inspect the tree stand and the Fall-Arrest System for signs of wear or damage before each use. Contact the manufacturer for replacement parts. Destroy all products that cannot be repaired by the manufacturer and/or exceed recommended expiration date, or if the manufacturer no longer exists. The FAS should be discarded and replaced after a fall has occurred.


ALWAYS practice in your Full Body Harness in the presence of a responsible adult prior to using it in an elevated hunting environment, learning what it feels like to hang suspended in it at ground level and how to properly use your suspension relief device.


ALWAYS attach your Full Body Harness in the manner and method described by the manufacturer. Failure to do so may result in suspension without the ability to recover into your tree stand. Be aware of the hazards associated with Full Body Harnesses and the fact that prolonged suspension in a harness may be fatal. Have in place a plan for rescue, including the use of cell phones or signal devices that may be easily reached and used while suspended. If rescue personnel cannot be notified, you must have a plan for recover/escape. If you have to hang suspended for a period of time before help arrives, exercise your legs by pushing against the tree or doing any other form of continuous motion or use your suspension relief device. Failure to recover in a timely manner could result in serious injury or death. If you do not have the ability to recover/escape, hunt from the ground.


ALWAYS hunt with a plan, and if possible, with a buddy. Before you leave home, let others know your exact hunting location, when you plan to return and who is with you.


ALWAYS carry emergency signal devices such as a cell phone, walkie-talkie, whistle, signal flare, PLD (personal locator device) and flashlight on your person at all times,and within reach, even while you are suspended in your FAS. Watch for changing weather conditions. In the event of an accident, remain calm and seek help immediately.


ALWAYS select the proper tree for use with your treestand. Select a live straight tree that fits within the size limits recommended in your tree stand’s instructions. Do not climb or place a tree stand against a leaning tree. Never leave a tree stand installed for more than two weeks since damage could result from changing weather conditions and/or from other factors not obvious with a visual inspection.


ALWAYS use a haul line to pull up your gear and unloaded firearm or bow to your tree stand once you have reached your desired hunting height. Never climb with anything in your hands or on your back. Prior to descending, lower your equipment on the opposite side of the tree.


ALWAYS know your physical limitations. Don’t take chances. Do not climb when using drugs, alcohol, or if you’re sick or unrested. If you start thinking about how high you are, don’t go any higher.


NEVER use homemade, or permanently elevated stands,nor make modifications to a purchased tree stand without the manufacturer’s written permission. Only purchase and use tree stands, and Fall-Arrest Systems meeting or exceeding TMA standards. 

NEVER hurry!! While climbing with a tree stand, make slow, even movements of no more than ten to twelve inches at a time. Make sure you have proper contact with the tree and/or tree stand every time you move. On ladder-type tree stands, maintain three points of contact with each step.

Copyright © 2009 by TMA


It’s like Christmas…but different

A short video of the night before archery season opener. Ticks (aka turkey mites) are especially bad this year. I pretreated my gear with permethrin spray and allowed it to dry before placing it in my Scent Crusher bag. Opening morning began with Dead End game calls scent free women’s line, which offers body wash, shampoo, CONDITIONER AND LOTION!! Scent Crusher OZone Go ran in the truck while I sipped my coffee and drove to my lease. My new Hunter Safety System Women’s Contour Vest kept my safe as I used a Summit Climbing stand for the first time in years!!! Opening morning takes me back to excitement a child feels at Christmas every year. It’s a time when all our hard work comes full circle. Our primal instincts are fulfilled. And the Hunter climbs back into their happy place….

Opening Morning

Sitting here in my tree stand this morning. It’s a hot one already. But my heart has been begging for this day since the last season ended. Gentle rain kisses the trees. In the distance, two whippoorwills are singing. The fog is rising and I can feel it’s coolness both on my skin and in my breaths. The wind is moving the clouds of night swiftly from the sky. In their place, a watercolor pallet of the sweetest colors takes light. My senses are beginning to heighten. Every sound intensifying my heart rate, and increasing my breathing. It’s only 6:30 am! I feel alive in these moments. The harvest is an afterthought at this point. And while the ultimate goal may be to lay down a KY velvet buck…I am just living in this moment until then….

The sun begins to rise over the far ridge, it’s warming rays reaching my face. It’s now 9:18 am. A bit ago, a grey squirrel joined me in my tree along with a woodpecker. My enthusiasm is dwindling as morning fades into day. My company now is a red tail hawk, soaring from tree to tree, causing a racket. Early mornings rain is falling with the wind. Predicted temperatures are swiftly approaching. Part of me knows that the chances of harvesting a buck today are slim, but the other part of me is just here, living my best life, loving every second I get in these deer woods.

Folks, we never know what tomorrow holds. It could be the end of our road or the beginning of a new journey. I encourage you to test your boundaries. Set goals and crush them. Surround yourself with like minded people who support you and love you. And get outside.


Plano, IL (September 29, 2017) – Hunters striking out for their favorite stand or blind often travel light. Grunt call, flashlight, knife, rangefinder, ammo, wallet, keys, smartphone, bottle of water, snack and perhaps an extra set of gloves; these are the kinds of essential items that get the nod

Anyone frequently heading out for morning or afternoon hunts will be thrilled to discover the new Tenzing TX 7.2 Waist Pack. This pint-sized powerhouse waist-pack design has room to spare, with additional, clever features that make it the ideal pack option for localized sits on stand.

With a breathable mesh waist, padded hip panels and a highly adjustable waist belt system, the 1-lb 8-oz TX 7.2 is designed to be worn as an unobtrusive fanny pack while traveling to or from the field.  Once its wearer settles into the stand, the versatile pack can be quickly and easily repositioned to the front to keep contents immediately accessible and make use of the plush, built-in muff as a convenient and cozy place for cold hands.  The design of the new TX 7.2 also makes it a premier option for anyone who hunts from a wheelchair.

Available in stealthy Realtree Xtra camouflage, the TX 7.2 excels at storing small items inside its 11 total compartments and pockets that might otherwise get lost inside larger packs.  There’s a place for everything within its 500 total cubic inches of capacity, starting with the hunter’s smartphone.  A clear pocket inside the top flap of the main compartment allows for smartphone operation without ever removing it from the pack.  Open-topped side compartments secure with adjustable bungees and are ideal for rangefinders, binoculars or water bottles, while the pack’s zippered main and face compartments are great places for other larger items like calls, knives, gloves and ammunition. Seven internal pockets keep small items well organized and accessible inside.

Additional features on the new TX 7.2 Waist Pack include a super soft tricot material that makes the pack extremely quiet to wear and use, as well as the quietest and most reliable zippers and ergonomic, failsafe pulls in the industry. As with all Tenzing packs, access to the TX 7.2’s main compartment comes via a color-coded yellow zipper, and the pack’s exterior features the signature yellow Tenzing daisy chain for easy attachment of extra gear and accessories. Best of all, this efficient and hardworking pack has a surprisingly low price tag under $80.


  • Realtree Xtra (SKU #961900)
  • Built-in hand muff with side zipper access
  • Cell phone pocket on top lid for easy operation and access
  • Oversized, yellow-coded main compartment zipper pulls
  • Ergonomic padded double adjustable waist belt (26″-40″)
  • Channeled, air-cooled back pad
  • Ultra-soft and quiet tricot fabric
  • Backed by Tenzing’s Limited Lifetime Warranty


  • Total of two compartments, two side pockets and seven organization pockets
  • 500 Total ASTM Cubic Inches
  • 1 lb. 8 oz. Total Weight
  • Main Compartment: 7.5” x 12” x 4”
  • Face Compartment: 5.5” x 9.5” x 2”
  • Side Pockets (2): 5” x 4.5” x 2.5”
  • Hand Muff: 7.5” x 12” x 4”

MSRP $79.99

Traveling light shouldn’t mean unprepared or uncomfortable.  For times when a minimalist approach is the right one, take along the new Tenzing TX 7.2 Waist Pack.  You’ll be surprised by what’s inside. It’s one of six exciting hunting daypack designs in Tenzing’s affordable, all-new TX Series.

Organize and Keep Your Harness and Harness Accessories Accessible with Summit’s New Packs

The Harness Accessory Kit and Harness Storage Pack Keeps Gear Close, While Stored Safely Away

Birmingham, AL — Summit Treestands®, the industry leader in producing innovative and cutting-edge methods for hunting from an elevated position, has developed a line of innovative products to make your treestand hunting more organized, efficient and lethal.  These products include the; Harness Storage Pack, a small and large Utility Pack, Phone Pouch, Tool Pouch and a Harness Accessory Kit, which includes the Large Utility Pack and the Phone and Tool Pouch.

Harness Accessory Kit

When you’re up in your tree-stand and need to access your binoculars, cell phone or any another piece of essential gear, the last thing you want to do is rustle around in your backpack and alert nearby bucks. Or, worse yet, drop something you need 20 feet to the ground.

The solution? Simple: Make sure your essential items are easily accessible with the Summit Harness Accessory Kit, a family of three different-sized bags that were specifically designed to carry and store necessary tree-stand accessories by attaching to your Summit Safety Harness Pro. These bags include the Tool Pouch that will hold most commercial tree-stand saws and shears, the Utility Bag Large that will hold climbing ropes, binoculars and more, and the Phone Pouch which will fit up to an iPhone 6PLUS.  All of these packs conveniently attach to most locations on your Summit Safety Harness Pro using the MOLLE-style attachment system. With each bag designed in a different size, it’s easy to find the right fit for a variety of gear shapes and sizes, allowing you to customize the location and accessibility of your accessories, so you’ll always be ready when the bucks are calling.

No more fumbling. No more spooked deer while you’re hunting for your gear. No more frustration. Let the Summit Harness Accessory Kit keep you organized and focused during all your hunting excursions.

Harness Accessory Kit Highlighted Features:

  • Convenient Gear Accessibility

By attaching directly to your safety harness, the Harness Accessory Kit provides hands-free storage for your gear for easy access any time.

  • Safety Harness Compatibility

Designed for attachment with the MOLLE-style attachment system on the Summit Safety Harnesses Pro.

  • Includes 3 Different Sizes

Each bag is constructed in a different size to accommodate a wide range of gear. The large Tool Bag is great for holding binoculars, a climbing rope and hold most treestand saws or shears, the long Utility Bag is an optimal location to store your saw while hanging stands, and the Phone Pouch is just the right size for your cell phone.

Harness Storage Pack

There are few things more frustrating than fighting with a safety harness. The Summit Harness Storage Pack is designed to help ensure your safety harness stays organized and tangle-free—ready for each time you need it.  The Summit Safety Harnesses Pro will fold into the Harness Storage Pack, with the tether going into the pack last.  This will result in the harness coming out tether free every time!

The Harness Storage Pouch also doubles as a storage place for gear by attaching it to the MOLLE-style attachment system on the Summit Safety Harness Pro—both men’s and women’s styles—or you can use it to wear your harness like a fanny pack for easy transporting in and out of the woods.

With the multifunctional convenience of the Summit Harness Storage Pouch, you’ll realize just how much time you spent untangling your harnesses.

Harness Storage Pack Highlighted Features:

  • Tangle-Free Harness Storage

By storing your safety harness in this pouch, it will remain free of tangles and ready for frustration-free use.

  • Functions as a Wearable Pack

The harness Storage Pouch makes it easy to carry your harness into and out of the woods with its innovative design that allows you to wear your harness at your waist.

  • Convenient Gear Holder

Simply attach the Harness Storage Pouch to the MOLLE-style attachment system on your Summit Pro Series Safety Harness and use it to hold saws, pruners and other gear while you hang stands and climbing steps.


Summit Harness Storage Pack: $24.99

Summit Utility Pack – small:  $12.99

Summit Utility Pack – large:  $15.99

Summit Phone Pouch:  $9.99

Summit Tool Pouch:  $9.99

Summit Harness Accessory Kit: $29.99

For more information about any Summit Treestands, Summit Accessories or Summit Safety Harness products, contact Glenn Walker at glenn@providencemarketinggroup.net or visit http://www.summitstands.com.

About Summit Treestands

Summit treestands are carefully engineered to be the most silent, secure, comfortable and concealed treestands on the market. All Summit stands and safety harnesses are designed and engineered to meet or exceed standards recognized by the Treestand Manufacturers Association. At Summit, we don’t just build ‘em, we use ‘em. We don’t just build hunting elevated equipment we think will work—we build we know will work.

Explore New Heights In the Most Remote Locations With The Summit Explorer SD Climbing Stand


Birmingham, AL — Summit Treestands®, the industry leader in producing innovative and cutting-edge methods for hunting from an elevated position, is now offering the new Explorer SD™ climbing stand in both an open and closed-front configuration for hunters looking to hunt where most stands aren’t capable of going.

The new Explorer SD offers everything that a seasoned veteran should expect from a Summit climber and could ever want from a climbing stand: safety, comfort, concealment and silence. With these attributes, there isn’t a tree or location that the Explorer SD can’t handle. In addition, the new “fold flat” feature of the Explorer SD offers ultimate portability for those long treks deep into the woods where other hunters are afraid to—or simply can’t—go. No more battling with the stand on your back while you’re seeking stealth on your journey to success.

The entire team of Summit engineers knows that when it comes to designing a climber, portable silence is just as relevant as safety in order for success to be reached. One of the most innovative features of the Explorer SD design is an incorporated spring-loaded, quick-release pin to make set-up and take down quick, easy and quiet, because every seasoned hunter knows that seconds can be the difference between success and tag soup.

The Explorer SD also sports Summit’s new patent-pending Folding Climbing Stirrups™ that fold completely out of the way once the desired climbing height is reached, making the stand safer inherently and allowing the hunter to utilize the stand’s full roomy design. Foot stirrups are obviously vital to the usefulness of a climber, but only while ascending and descending. Summit addresses that directly with the Folding Climbing Stirrups, meaning they’re ready when you need them and completely out of the way when you don’t.

For hunters who demand perfection and hunt harder than most can only dream about, the Explorer SD climbing stand will perform flawlessly in any situation.

Explorer SD Close Front Featured Specifications:

  • Weight: 23 pounds
  • Weight Capacity: 300 pounds
  • Platform Size: 20 inches x 28.75 inches
  • Seat Size: 18 inches x 12 inches
  • Seat Type: Suspended foam – Summit’s Universal Seat
  • Includes: Full-Body Fall Arrest Harness System
  • MAP: $359.99

Explorer SD Open Front Featured Specifications:

  • Weight: 21 pounds
  • Weight Capacity: 300 pounds
  • Platform Size: 20 inches x 28.75 inches
  • Seat Size: 18 inches x 12 inches
  • Seat Type: Suspended foam – Summit’s Universal Seat
  • Includes: Full-Body Fall Arrest Harness System
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Hunter Safety System Introduces the HSS Hanger Utility Harness

DANVILLE, Ala.  (April 26, 2016) – Hanging stands just got a whole lot easier. Avid hunters know that a successful hunting season starts well before the opening day. That is why the engineers at Hunter Safety System have designed the first and only treestand harness for use during the pre-season. The new HSS Hanger harness is a utility safety harness that features deep utility pockets to carry tools, steps, snips, saws, HSS-LIFELINEs and other gear needed for the pre-season preparation. The HSS Hanger allows you to safely put in many days of hard work in the field without worrying about adding sweat, body odors, gasoline, oil or bug spray to your hunting harness.
HSS-HANGERConstructed of extremely durable nylon webbing and fabric, the new HSS Hanger not only handles the rigors of hanging stands and clearing lanes, but also allows work to be done in substantially less time. With its ample storage space, the HSS Hanger virtually eliminates the need for multiple trips up and down the tree or to the truck when cutting shooting lanes, moving cameras or doing other necessary preparations. 
HSS Hanger’s deep, rigid utility pockets are designed to securely hold all the gear at the same time. The HSS Hanger’s internal harness is identical to the company’s current hunting harnesses, so comfort is a given, and it features well-padded shoulders to evenly distribute the load and reduce fatigue. Additionally, the uniquely designed sliding pockets can effortlessly be moved to the side of the harness for easy access to gear and then moved back out of the way when working. The harness is easily recognizable by its gold piping and accents against an all-black high-strength webbing harness and heavy pockets.
The HSS Hanger Harness is not for hunting, so stinking it up a bit is not a concern. The HSS Hanger comes standard with a pro-grade rope style Lineman’s Climbing belt, adjustable tree strap, suspension strap, instructional DVD and safe use instructions. Work less; get more done with the Hanger Harness. It is available at retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $99.99.
Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Danville, Ala., Hunter Safety System is a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative deer hunting gear and hunting equipment for the serious hunter. For additional information, write to: Hunter Safety System, 8237 Danville Road, Danville, AL 35619; call toll-free 877-296-3528; or visit www.hssvest.com.