Types of Elevated Stands—Portable Tree Stands
Portable tree stands are safer and more environmentally friendly. Commercial stands that are manufactured, certified, or tested to TMA standards are best. Portable tree stands come in three basic types.
Hang-On Stands are simple platforms that must be hauled into place and secured with belts or chains. This type of stand requires separate climbing aids, such as steps.
Self-Climbing Stands allow a hunter to “walk” a stand up a tree. They are not suited for trees with shaggy bark, such as some pines or hickories, or for trees with branches between the ground and the desired elevation.
Ladder Stands combine a platform and ladder, allowing use on a wider range of trees than other platforms.