I have hang on's, climbers and ladder stands. I use them all depending on the situation.
When I take my wife or daughter I put the ladder stand up and connect a lock on stand right next to it. I climb up first and get on the lock on, then they come up and stay on the ladder platform. Can't beat a climber for the ability to move locations anytime.
I have all three, I really dont like ladder stands, I sit to far away from the tree, and I feel that if I can see them easily, so can the deer Although I feel safer having my wife in the ladder stand. I like hangers because you can put them in trees that have branches hanging out below you, and get some great cover. I like my climber because I can get into new locations without the hassle of hanging a stand, and steps or ladders, and it give me opertunity to hunt different locations while still scouting. The thing that I don't like about my climber, is that if I need to get down quick such as see a deer in the distance that I want to stalk, it is not easy to get down, and sometimes kinda noisy
Here is the scenario... you sit in your 2 piece climbing stand and your foot inadvertently bumps the lower section while there is no weight on it - and it slides down the tree, out of reach!
OK, you are safe - you have a string tied from the upper section that you are sitting on and the foot portion that slid 4-5 feet down the tree. All you have to do it pull the other section up, reposition it and you are back in business, correct?
Have you ever tested this theory?
I have -...