Never carry your hunting equipment up or down the tree with you as
you climb. Always use a haul line.
Before attaching the haul line to your hunting equipment:
If using a firearm, unload it and open the action.
If using a bow, put the arrows in a covered quiver secured to the bow.
Use a haul line of heavy cord attached to your stand to bring up your
hunting equipment or to lower it prior to climbing down from your
If using a firearm, attach the haul line to the firearm's sling so that the firearm hangs with the muzzle pointed down.
If using a bow, attach the haul line so that the arrow fletching points
down when raising your equipment and points up when lowering it.
Slip the end of the haul line through your belt—leave it untied so that
it can pull free if you fall. Put on your FAS full-body harness, secure
yourself to the tree, and climb to your stand.
After you are in the stand and secure, haul up your hunting equipment
and untie the haul line.
Before hauling a firearm into a stand, make sure it is unloaded. Also, you can avoid getting debris in the barrel by placing a cover over the muzzle. Once you are securely in the stand, check for obstructions before you load.