I have a real hard time setting one up myself
I have set mine up by myself a few times and I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND IT!!! On more than one occasion, I have come close (too close) to falling while trying to set them up (by myself)! This past season, after a very close call the year before ( I almost had to change my shorts[:o]), I decided to use a second ladder (24' extention ladder) to get up and secure the strap, as opposed to trying to climb the ladder stand before its secure (since that was when I had my "close call"). It worked good for that set up because, it was on a field edge so, I was able to drive right up to the tree . In most cases, it would be easier to just have a second set of hands to hold it steady while you climb up to secure the strap. Either way... please use your head and be safe when setting up any stand, It's really not worth the risk!!! Yeah yeah I know, "thats just common sense" but, sometimes we dont listen to that little voice saying "this is probably a bad idea"!! On another note... DeerCamp had mentioned getting busted a lot in a ladder. I have found that a little "camo" goes a long way!! I like to take some "native" vegitation, be it weeds, switch grass, small branches (twigs), form the area I'm set up in and, zip tie them to the stand. Not a ton of stuff, just enough to break up the outline of the ladder. It's amazing what a difference it can make! I do the same thing with my climbing sticks when using a hang on stand. I've been busted in my stands before but, I've also had deer walk right under me (in a ladder stand) and, have no clue I was even there!