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Portable tree stands are safer and more environmentally friendly. Commercial stands that are manufactured, certified, or tested to TMA standards are best. Portable tree stands come in three basic types.

Hang-On Stands are simple platforms that must be hauled into place and secured with belts or chains. This type of stand requires separate climbing aids, such as steps.

Hang-on stand
Hang-On Stand

Self-Climbing Stands allow a hunter to “walk” a stand up a tree. They are not suited for trees with shaggy bark, such as some pines or hickories, or for trees with branches between the ground and the desired elevation.

Climbing stand
Self-Climbing Stand

Ladder Stands combine a platform and ladder, allowing use on a wider range of trees than other platforms.

Ladder stand
Ladder Stand