pwbsmokey wrote:I have a Lone Wolf hang on stand, but this should work with other stands. I use a strap-on tree step above the point where I want the stand to be. I then hoist the stand up with a rope and hang it off of the step by the seat. (the seat is in the folded up position) Then I can attach the stand to the tree. My climbing sticks are to the side of the stand. I leave the strap-on step on the tree above the stand and to the back side of the tree. I use it as a hand hold when stepping from the climbing sticks to the platform. Once I'm in the stand I use the step as a hook to hang my pack.
This is similar to what I do. I use a small screw in hook instead of a strap on.
1. Affix climbing sticks (gave up on screw in steps a few years ago -- too hairy coming down in the dark / rain / etc.)
2. Climb up, screw in hook where you want the top of the stand to be.
3. Hoist stand up with a rope, and hang it from hook. Chain/strap/whatever the stand to the tree. Remove hook, and screw it in higher up in the tree as a pack / bow / whatever holder while you're hunting.
As another poster mentioned, I also use an extra cam-strap or two to secure the stand to the tree. Safer, more secure, and makes less noise the sturdier it is strapped to the tree. Also, I always use a climbing belt while hanging it, and ALWAYS put my harness on and hook it to the tree before taking that first step out on to the stand.