What You Learned (cont.)
Elevated stands can be tree stands placed in or against trees, or freestanding structures. While they offer certain advantages, they also have some drawbacks, including safety issues.
The Missouri Department of Conservation recommends using a fall-arrest system (FAS) that is manufactured to Treestand Manufacturer’s Association (TMA) standards. Make sure your FAS includes a full-body harness, a lineman’s-style belt, a tree-tethering system, and a suspension relief strap. Carefully read the manufacturer’s instructions for proper use of your FAS, and follow all safety guidelines.
When you are in a tree stand, use the FAS tree strap and tether to attach your FAS full-body harness to the tree. If you fall, avoid suspension trauma by using the FAS suspension relief strap or keep moving your legs.
Always use a haul line to bring your gear into your elevated stand and to lower your gear when you are through hunting.
There are three basic types of elevated stands.
- Permanent tree stands are not recommended due to various safety concerns.
- Portable tree stands come in three basic types: hang-on stands, self-climbing stands, and ladder stands. Commercial stands that are manufactured, certified, or tested to Treestand Manufacturer’s Association (TMA) standards are best.
- Tower stands (free-standing) are similar to a ladder tree stand.
When using a ground blind or elevated stand, make yourself more visible to others by adding hunter orange material to your blind or stand.