Should be alright as long as it's not really screwing up the bark or damaging the tree.all the stands do it to some degree,I have had light bayous,lone wolf and summit,they all will scratch the bark up a little sooner or later.
Title 34, Section 2511 addresses damage to trees by treestands. See actual code below.mus42tang said:I've seen nowhere in print or on the internet, where a commercial tree stand was prohibited. I believe the rumor grew when tree stand companies were changing the gripping of trees.
As for damage, I have a pine tree that was damaged, far greater than any tree stand, by a front end loader. The tree is still growing and the damage healed over. And that gouging by the front end loader took place over 25 years ago. The gouged wood is still sticking out of the tree.