About the Study Guide

You are looking at the Massachusetts Hunter’s Ed Study Guide. At the present time, you cannot obtain hunter education certification from Hunter Ed. However, you can use this Study Guide as a resource to learn more about hunter safety.

Climbing stand

These self-climbing stands are designed for trees with straight trunks and consist of two sections. A hunter “walks” the stand up a tree by moving the top section with the hands and the bottom section with the feet.

  • While still on the ground, adjust the stand to allow for the tapering of the tree that occurs as you go up.
  • When climbing, go slowly, take small steps, and keep the two sections of the stand connected with a tether.
  • Avoid using this type of stand on trees with shaggy bark or with branches between the ground and the desired elevation. Never use these stands on trees covered with ice or snow.
  • Never use these stands on trees covered with ice or snow.