thats the best way.i you are by yourself you can tie a long rope to thetop rungs of the ladder then lean it up against the tree .use the rope to anchor the ladder by tying off to something else on an angleORIGINAL: DeerCamp
what i do is put the stand together with another person, hang the stand and then climb up while the other holds it.
This is all good stuff:
1) use and x-strap to secure the ladder temporarily until you can put on the strap at the top
2) use more than one person to hang the stand-- if for no other reason than to stand on the bottom ends to keep them from coming out
. . . and I think these things are all covered in the safety video that the TMA has on their website.
The one thing that I will add is that I take a long ratchet strap and run it from the top rung to the bottom and weave it between a few rungs on the way. This keeps the sections held together, until everything is good and secure, and then I remove it last thing before I leave.
There is nothing worse than trying to get a partially-hung stand into position and giving it a little english and a section of the ladder comes apart. This happens as well as you stand on the ladder and the ends sink down into the dirt.
One other thing: I deliberately sink the ends of the stand down into the dirt, and I set a big rock under the first rung, so that there is only so far the ends will go. Over time, the ends will sink lower, while the top is attached to one spot on the tree-- this is a ready reason for separation, and all you need is one good wind between when you set the stand and your first hunting trip to make it happen. Trust me: always visually inspect the entire length of the ladder before trying to ascend.
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