Do you leave your tree stands in the woods all year, from one season to the next? I used to, but not a good idea. I’ve had a couple of stands stolen. But the real problem is wear, tear, rust and potential safety problems.
Hunter Safety System sent out a press release reminding us to remove all straps and ropes from trees and stands if we haven’t already: “Be sure to inspect all straps, ropes and climbing gear for wear and damage due to prolonged exposure to the elements…which can degrade the strength properties of nylon, rope, polypropylene, etc. and could lead to premature failure. Replace any gear that shows signs of wear or deterioration.”
So go pull your stands if you haven’t already, and store them in a shed out of the rain. Check them later this summer; replace rusted bolts, frayed straps, etc. Oil squeaky seats. You’ll be good to go come the season, and safe.
BTW, how many of you use the Hunter Safety System? I use the vest a lot and like it. I wish mine (an older model) were lighter, and the leg buckles are a little noisy. But it is easy to put on, comfortable and quiet.
You wear some type of full-body harness in a tree, right? If not, you’re crazy, buy one and wear it this fall. The reversible camo/orange HSS vest shown here (about $ 115) would be a good choice.