For two different years I had to hunt with a crossbow due to two different triceps reattachments. I have an API Shooting Star tree stand which has a gun rest rail that keeps my crossbow at ready requiring very little movement. In addition I used a hanger attach to the tree so I could hang my crossbow aiding me for initial set up and departure from the tree. It should be noted while hanging the crossbow I remove the bolt for safety. The API rail can be removed for compound bow hunting.