Raise a Ladder Stand Safely

hunt ladder 1It is physically impossible to put up a ladder stand alone if you follow certain manufacturers’ instructions. And what if you want to move an old ladder stand? But here’s how a two- or three-person team can get it done.

READY IT

Lay the ladder out with its base approximately 3 to 4 feet from the base of the tree for a one-person stand, or 4 to 5 feet for a two-person stand. The side of the stand that will touch the tree faces up. Tie a stout anchor rope to each back corner of the stand platform. The ropes should be 10 feet longer than the stand’s height.

RAISE IT

One person goes to the base of the stand and braces his feet against the ladder’s bottom, holding an anchor rope in each hand. The others raise the platform end overhead and walk the stand up as the anchor person stays put and pulls in the slack on the ropes, keeping them tight so the ladder rises straight overhead.

hunt ladder 2RATCHET IT

With the stand against the tree, crisscross the anchor ropes behind the trunk and tie them tightly to the bottom ladder rung. One person climbs the ladder, attaches a ratchet strap to the base of the platform, and secures it tight.

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