I've never hunted from a hang-on stand, I always use a climber. However, I've found what looks to be a great stand tree, but there are limbs in the way and I can't use my climber (there is no other "right" tree nearby). And this is state land so no cutting off the limbs. So my question is how hard is it to put up a hang on stand with climbing sticks for someone who has only used a climber before? Thanks.
Are you in good shape? With a lineman's belt, it's not difficult at all. If the climbing sticks plug into each other, you need a relatively straight tree. Remember safety first. Practice a few times with spotters. If you post a few pics of the tree from different angles, I can offer my advice as to which side to erect the sticks.
Double Lung - sorry, no pics of the tree and I don't plan on getting back to camp until I'm ready to hang the stand. The tree is fairly straight and would be NO problem for me with my climber without the branches in the way. I thought about a picture after I came home and started thinking about it longer. I'm 52 but in decent shape. Thanks.
You should have no problem. Please wear the lineman's belt, and it won't be hard. Practice before you go up. Dicks has a nice stand and stick combo on sale now. We like their stands for the set ups we leave out during the season.
here's a trick i found on youtube to help. once you get your sticks up, go to the top and attach a screw in step. then attach a small pulley and rope (walmart finds) and hoist your stand up and tie it off. this frees up your hands to attach it to the tree. its very hard trying to hold a stand up and attach it. hope this helps.
Toss your pull-up rope for the stand over a limb above you, and pull the stand up. Tie the tag end if the pull-up rope to another branch when you get the stand to the height you want. No need for pulleys, steps, and all that other stuff. And definitely use the linemans belt!