How many times have you securely attached your climbing sticks or ladder to a tree and then had to climb down to retrieve your treestand? Or maybe you use a rope to pull your stand up, but the rope can be slippery or tangle easily. Or, worse, ignoring safety precautions, you haul your stand with one arm while climbing the tree with the other.

The next time you hang a treestand, use a retractable dog leash to get your stand safely into place. Attach the handle to your safety harness with a carabiner and the swivel snap to the treestand. Then place the retractor in the “open” position, enabling the cord to extend as you climb. Once you are at the desired height, pull up the stand (the cord will retract automatically). Wear gloves to prevent rope burns.

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