Once you have purchased your brand new tree stand, the most common mistake is to quickly take it into the woods for hunting. As we pointed out in our Technical Guide: Why hunt with tree stands? Scent can ruin a hunt. The smells and sounds of the new tree stand are likely to spook your prey and prevent you from getting the kill.
So we suggest you take your new tree stand out of its packaging, and leave it in your backyard for several days to release the new smell from it. To assist removing the new smell, you can also spray some odor neutralizer on the tree stand. The new car smell is good with vehicles, but the new tree stand smell can damage your hunt.
Also, if your new tree stand is designed to be carried on your back, wear it around the backyard listening for any noises. New tree stands can produce sounds until they have been used a bit. You may look a bit awkward wearing your tree stand on your back and frolicking in your back yard. But its better to find out if your tree stand makes some extra noise due to being new, rather than finding it out while on your hunt. Prepping for your hunt is as important as aiming and pulling the trigger.
Next, read and understand the manufacturer's instructions on the use of your tree stand before using it. Practice using the tree stand during both the day and night before taking it hunting, as you may end up hanging it or taking it down in the dark. Practice at ground level and then progressively increase the height with the same equipment on that you will take hunting. Practice climbing into and out of your stand. Carry out the practice sessions in the presence of a responsible adult.
The key to success is to familiarize yourself with your new tree stand before use, and prepare the stand before taking it for hunting.
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