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"Getting Familiar With Your Tree Stand and Harness"

Jeff Overturf Testing Tree Safety Harness and Tree Stand before opening season.

Get a light weight but portable target. This shot 25 yards from the stand itself.

Make sure your sights on your bow are good at ground level shooting first.

Next fasten your tree stand to a tree hopefully close to a town or city in case you have an accident. Do not attempt to rig your stand by yourself. Most manufacturers supply a video tape or dvd describing the safety guides lines for all tree stands. Ladder stands especially need at least two or three people to rig to a tree. Never attempt this by yourself out in the middle of no where.

Next put on the harness and adjust the harness to fit fairly snug except in the groin area. You want to be able to move your upper body with out racking your jewels when you move.

Take the safety strap and fasten it around the tree while securely attached to the the safety vest itself.

Hoist your bow with a string up to your while you are on the stand. To begin with it isn't necessary to to use the full height of your ladder stand. Most stands come in 5 to 7 foot lengths. Two sections are fine till you are more comfortable with your stand and heights.

Does that look comfortable? I'll let you know if I fall. This ain' t no redneck man thong for sure.

Now you are ready to test you bow sights, angles, and aim from your stand. Note: when you add another section you will have to shoot at the new level so you can make sure you feel right before you hunt.

All of this is to help you feel comfortable in your bow and stand before you start the hunting season.

Start off with your target at about 15 yards to start with. When you find the sights on your sight pins at that distance and angle then you will be able to move the target back to 25 yards or more. If you set your pins correctly on the ground before you shot from your stand, you should be able calibrate which pins shoot how far and where.

Remember you will have to aim low to adjust for the your adding height in your tree stand verses being at ground level. Now practice over and over at different distances. Write down each pin and the distance you have for each. Why because you will not remember. If you think you will then what did you eat and drink the day before yesterday? I thought so write it down.

Now I guess you are wondering which tree stand is right for you? If you are heavy and out of shape, or old, and not so mobile, then don't get a climbing stand. Use a ladder stand instead. You have to factor in your strength, youth, and size for sure when you make your decision. In general if your young and light weight, and you can move your weight around then get a climbing stand. For the majority of hunters a ladder stand, or a tripod will do fine.

Also, if you set on your ass all your year then get in shape for bow season. On public land for example you have to walk long distances to get to the good spots. You will need a game hauler for your stand and your game if you are successful. Dragging your equipment over rough terrain will challenge even the most fit of hunters.

Walking and running are recommended. Weights and cardiovascular training will help your endurance. Did you know, that you have a ten times greater chance of having a heart attack while hunting then in any other activity? Check this cardio training click here now. (end)

Article by~Jeff Overturf~

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