I use screw in steps and have used them for the past 18 years when I first started hunting. When I first started hunting I'd climb a tree, screwing these in as I go w/out any harness or rope support...AND I would hang my stand up this way as well. Not times have changed and I've gotten wiser and I use a harness which allows me to use both of my hands when I climb the tree as well as put the stand up. I just screw them in with my hands...Don't use anything else!
Also, I haven't seen any real damage to the trees that I use either, so I'm not sure what kind of affect they have?!
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