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DRIFTWOOD OUTDOORS: Gearing up for hunting

DRIFTWOOD OUTDOORS: Gearing up for hunting

Summer is the time to maintain treestands

June 24th, 2012 by Brandon Butler, columnist, outdoors@newstribune.com in News

Treestands have come a long ways in the last 20 years.

These days, treestands are made of metal and if properly taken care of, can last a lifetime. There are countless models of treestands manufactured by too many companies to list. Ladder stands, climbing stands, fixed stands and tower stands are the different styles of treestands available for purchase.

If you're reading this, then there's a real good chance you own at least one of these types of treestand. And while these stands should last quite some time, you need to maintain them properly. The truth is, every time you climb into one of these stands 15 feet or higher above the ground, you are potentially risking your life.

What's the rule of thumb for maintaining your treestands? Chances are, you've probably never heard of one before.