Avoid These Tree Types When You Hang Your Tree Stand
As deer hunting season continues around the country, it’s important for hunters to think about safety. One of the most important ways to stay safe is to make sure your tree stand is secure. Consider that an estimated 10 percent of hunters will suffer a fall from a tree stand at some point. And given that many stands are 15 to 20 feet off the ground, a fall can be serious.
Realtree.com offers a good list of the types of trees to avoid if you are picking a tree for your stand. Some of the types of trees on the list may seem obvious – for example, don’t put a tree stand up on a dead tree or a skinny one.
But beyond picking a tree that’s strong, think about how well your stand will attach to the trunk. As an example, a fat tree may be tough to get your straps around, and a tree with scaly or peeling bark may not hold the stand very well.
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