As I live in the "peoples democratic republic of California". Also known as the " Union of Soviet Socialist Californians" I can carry a can of pepper spray or Nancy Pelosi's picture to defend myself. I sit behind my computer green with envy at those of you who live in free states . Cherish your freedoms and weep for your oppressed brethren here in the golden state. I have to admit the pepper spray has been quite effective. I havn't had the heart to use the picture as even crimminals are people too. .
Try to put your tree stand in a tree with plenty of background cover, keep the prevailing winds for that time of the year to your face, and take care of those pesky squeaks and creaks your stand may have developed while sitting in the shed. A good treestand lube can be made by heating petroleum jelly until it reaches a liquid form. Some hunters have reported success by including a cover scent in this mixture before applying it to their stands.