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#1124842 - 01/12/09 08:32 AM Re: Tree Stand Novice [Re: JeepKuntry]
POSSUM HUNTER
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when i was about 13 or so i dropped the bottom half about 15 feet luckily my dad had just came towards me becouse i had just shoot, i have never set my stand scince then with out tying them together, i use my pull up rope to tye them but i leave a little slack so i dont have any pressure on the rope and all the pressure of my weight is on the tree
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#1126254 - 01/12/09 09:16 PM Re: Tree Stand Novice [Re: POSSUM HUNTER]
UTGrad
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I have never used a climber, but could I tie them together before climbing the tree loose enough that I can shimmy up the tree but tight enough that it wouldn't completely fall to the ground.
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#1126259 - 01/12/09 09:21 PM Re: Tree Stand Novice [Re: UTGrad]
Carlos Viagra
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That's the idea exactly, UtGrad. I leave mine tied together with about 5' of rope just in case of a mishap. They're really safe if adjusted properly and you're careful.
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#1126284 - 01/12/09 09:36 PM Re: Tree Stand Novice [Re: Carlos Viagra]
Radar
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If you use a new summit viper , the sections are tethered together by clipping the carrying straps to the lower section . Every TMA certified stand manufacturer has a tether rope that comes with their climbing stands .
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#1126486 - 01/13/09 07:18 AM Re: Tree Stand Novice [Re: Radar]
Gravey
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My Summit Viper SS works exactly as Radar stated. The carrying strap is attached to the top piece when transporting it. There is a buckle clip on one end and you unhook it and rehook it to the bottom portion and take off. I had an API Grand Slam and I had a piece of rope tied on each side. Leave them long enough so you can climb with no problems. The idea is that if the bottom slid while you were in the tree that it wouldn't go to the ground. As for how high, that depends on where I'm at. Some places I can't get over 15' but if possible I like to be around 20'. The most important part is wear a fall restraint device of some kind.
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#1126821 - 01/13/09 11:03 AM Re: Tree Stand Novice [Re: Gravey]
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Trash the straps that came with the stand and buy a Hunter Safety System,and hook up before leaving the ground.
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#1127103 - 01/13/09 02:35 PM Re: Tree Stand Novice [Re: LCU]
Radar
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 Originally Posted By: LCU
Trash the straps that came with the stand and buy a Hunter Safety System,and hook up before leaving the ground.



We are referring to tether straps that tie the two sections together , to be used in conjunction with a safety harness system while climbing , descending , and at hunting height .
Trashing these straps that hold the stand together would be unsafe !

Read the link to better understand the carrying straps we are referring to :
http://images.ebsco.com/pob/summit/catalog/2008_climber_combined.pdf
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#1130265 - 01/15/09 09:56 AM Re: Tree Stand Novice [Re: Big Gun]
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Always BEFORE you climb. Dont wait till you get there
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#1130331 - 01/15/09 10:23 AM Re: Tree Stand Novice [Re: LCU]
Grizzly Johnson
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 Originally Posted By: Twitch
Once I'm up the tree I tie the top to the bottom. I usually get up to around 20'-25'. 15' would be a good startin point. And always wear a fall restraint system.



 Originally Posted By: LCU
Trash the SAFETY straps that came with the stand and buy a Hunter Safety System,and hook up before leaving the ground.


Great advice there, I also practice what their preaching.....
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#1130356 - 01/15/09 10:44 AM Re: Tree Stand Novice [Re: Grizzly Johnson]
JayMc
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UTGrad - you might want to try a few friends' climbers before you buy. One of my buddies had never used one before and bought a very nice API. It was very comfy and stable. He would only climb about 8' before he got too scared to move. He ended up selling it and hunting out of ladder stands or from the ground.

You're welcome to try a couple of mine and I'm sure some of the others on here would offer the same.

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