Let me start off by saying that I am a scaredy cat.
For someone that spent 3 years in 82nd Airborne jumping out of all manner of military aircraft, my friends find this ludicrous - but... it is what it is!
Climbing stand? Yep, still scared - put me up 15' and that is about it.
Ladder stands? I am better in these - but still cautious.
Chain on stands? Used to love them, now they terrify me.
I was once ridiculed for putting chain on stands waaaay too high - some of my friends would not even sit in them. We built and used basic chain on's with no brace or "front" to them.
As the years wore on, I found myself less and less tolerant of these stands... to the point that I got in one early one morning at my friend's farm in Georgia - after having not been in one for several years - and when it got daylight... I was scared out of my mind! I had to get down and wandered over to where I knew a ladder stand was!
Now, I am back to bowhunting after almost 20 years gone - and I need a chain on stand design that I can live with.
Several requirements - it must be comfortable, it must be roomy, it must have a bar in front of me in the stand, it must be easy to get in and out of and above all - it must be very safe!
I designed and built this one with all of this in mind.
I used the seat out of a Summit climber for several reasons... they are SUPER comfortable, they are very durable, they are adjustable height wise and - you can remove the seat, which more or less makes the stand unusable to someone else.
I am going to use this one on public land this year (trip of my lifetime to Illinois!) and that last fact may come in handy!
This one is heavy... I am going to upgrade my welding shop this winter so I can weld aluminum and will then build an aluminum version that will not be so cumbersome.
Neither of these stands (the aluminum one not yet built) will be designed for backpacking... these are a tote them in there and hang them kind of stand.
I have the steel one up in a tree now at my SC lease and I hung it myself... I put the sticks up on the tree and then used a small pulley and rope to hoist the stand into place.
I then attached the chain and tightened the turnbuckle - and also added a large (3000 lb capacity) ratchet strap around the stand upright bars and the tree. It is NOT falling out of the tree!
When I designed the turnbuckle, I used a chain and a guide loop - so I can pull the chain tight with the turnbuckle... I want the stand very securely anchored to the tree.
I am very happy with the finished product and look forward to improving the design by making it lighter!
Caution is in order here - do not build and hunt from a stand if you are not 100% sure in your design and fabrication skills. Also - make sure that all hardware exceeds the weight and stress limits. Injury or death is NOT worth it.
Send me a message if you would like more photos!
*BigGameHunt.net disclaimer: Do not build your own stand unless you are a trained professional. Making a mistake in designing a treestand can result in serious injury or death.