Great question. The best way to learn to use a climber is by using one. Just use it a few feet up and down. Practice putting it on the tree. Practice doing it quietly. Practice climbing, then practice climbing quietly. I pick trees to climb that do not have any limbs up to the level I want to hunt. That being said, I do take a small (7") folding saw for that small limb or two.
Again, practice climbing just like you practice with your bow. BTW, I have been successful from as little as 8 feet off the ground, but 20' to 25' is about the average level I hunt.
Lastly, I would suggest you look at the Tree Walker Tree Stands. I have used this stand for the last 5 years and love it. This stand is very comfortable, absolutely quiet while climbing and hunting, light weight (mine is 17 lbs), and grips the tree better than any stand I have ever seen. I can climb a wet birch or sycamore tree and be 100% confident. Check them out at www.treewalkertreestand.com
Whatever you choose: be safe, wear a SAFETY HARNESS and have fun! Enjoy your new world from the tree tops.
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