Called by various names, hang on tree stands or clamp on tree stands are fixed position
stands that you clamp to a tree and are set in place. Various systems are used to
attach the stand to the tree. Typically stands use a webbing belt and ratchet or
chain and hook setup.
After the stand is set up, you use climbing steps, a climbing stick, or screw in
tree steps to get to the stand.
Modern hang on tree stands can be found in lighter weight versions for the smaller
hunter and extremely strong stands with load capacities of up to 400 pounds for
the bigger guy. Many hunters prefer stands made from aluminum. You’ll find aluminum
stands are usually higher priced than metal stands but the advantages you gain from
the light weight and never having to worry about rusting make them an option to
If you think you might want to use a hang on stand in various locations in your
hunting area, look for a hang on stand that has a bracket that attaches to the tree.
After you have the bracket attached, you then clamp the stand portion on. Then,
if you want to move the stand, all you need to buy are the extra brackets. Many
hunters also use this type so they can take the seat portion home at the end of
the day or hide it somewhere away from their tree and not worry about their stand
disappearing on them.
Hang on stands also have the advantage of being a little ‘quieter’ than a climbing
stands. Since there are somewhat less moving parts, and you have the opportunity
to firmly fix the hanging bracket and stand in place when you first set it up, there
is less chance of the stand squeaking or making noise when you move or shift your
weight. A tip is to carry a small tin of beeswax to use to lubricate any part of
your stand or gear that might be making unwanted noise.
Another advantage of a hang on stand over a climber is that it does allow placement
in trees where the limbs start close to the ground and a climber is not practical.
Set your stand at the height that gives you the best concealment and view of your
shooting lanes. A little judicious pruning on the day you set up your stand to better
clear your shooting lanes is also helpful.
Remember to follow all the safety instructions in the manual that comes with your
stand. And always use your safety harness. When you are out putting up your stand
for the first time, bring a buddy or two along with you. It can’t hurt to be a little
Take some time to look over all the various hang on stands that are offered by various
manufacturers and then pick the one that best meets your needs and will work for
the area you hunt. Sitting on a nice, safe, quiet and comfortable stand eliminates
all the ‘worry’ thoughts you have so you’ll only need to concentrate on that big
buck coming toward you.