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    Treestands

    Just curious who else leaves Treestands out all year?
    If you do please check them well before getting back in them. I'm guilty of it and I'm sure I'm not alone.
    Things to check for
    First off watch for wasp nests! Trust me on this!

    Second, I check the cables holding the platform. They get rusty and can break in a hurry. Replace if needed. This one to me I hard to tell so I've replaced them just incase. Go to a local wire/rope company if the manufacture doesn't sell replacements.

    Third is the main strap. This is one i replace every other year if I leave them out. Even the chain on's can break. So check it and replace. I use plain ratchet straps. Seems to do the trick.

    I've heard of too many guys and girls falling every year from stands giving out. Also, make sure to wear a safety harness while doing this. Hopefully every one has a safe season this year!

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    i do not leave mine out i take them down around the first of march and replace the cables every other year .i have a cable machine at work so when i make mine i tend to go little heavier on the cable some of the members of my family will use them from time to time and they are some full figured fellas. i just like to know they are safe and as far as straps they get replaced every year and sometimes twice if the stand gets a lot of hunting action.i just can not see letting someone get hurt over a 5 dollar strap ....
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    Good advise you can never be too safe Hope everyone else feels the same as me about safety belt. I fell naked without one

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    Yep, good reminder........

    Here is a thread Blackbeard started a while back that hits on those notes as well. Should check it out.....

    http://www.bowhuntingohio.com/forum/...eestand-cables
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    Also folks dont forget to replace the cables on the climbers as well. Even though they dont spend as much time in the elements it doesnt hurt to replace them when they start to show wear. Summit straps tend to hold up along time but the outside coating does wear. I replace my climber cables every 5-8 years based on wear.
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    Oh the beauty of using a ground blind....all I need to do is replace a broken support rod and duck tape a few holes from the mice.lol But for you tree dwellers this thread is a very important reminder....my brother's hunting buddy has a very bad fall when his strap broke....was a seriously diehard hunter....now not so much.
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    Ground blinds are nice I use those too but nothing compares to the view from a tree stand in some situations.
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    i replaced some of mine back when this was posted before how about the stabilizer bars on your ladder stands do you or should you replace them

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    The stabilizer bar that goes from the rungs of the ladder to the tree? I think that is a let common sense dictate type of thing. If it is rusted and falling apart then I would replace it but. Check the bold that is used for adjustment to make sure it functions properly other wise I dont see a need to replace that part every year kind of one of those as needed type things along with the nuts/bolts that hold the stand together.
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    I have a friend that also leaves his tie off strap out all year. I don't do this. The elements tend to be pretty harsh on that stuff. Be sure to inspect that strap as well as your harness also.


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