You can spend a lot of time scouring YouTube or The Outdoor Channel to find out what gear you should have with you in the woods this fall. But in reality, it’s a pretty short list. If you’re a more mobile hunter who likes hang-on stands, one of the best tools I’ve found in recent years is the Muddy Outdoors Pro Climbing Sticks.
The Muddy Outdoors Pro Climbing sticks are lightweight, compact, and very easy to use. They can be attached to your hang on stand as you hike into your hunting spot or the outside of your backpack.
Depending on how tall you are and how long your legs are, the 4-pack of the Pro sticks will get you about 10-15 feet up in a tree. That is more than adequate for most hunting situations, and many folks actually prefer that so the flight of your arrow will be less vertical.
What I really like about the sticks is how easy they are to put up and remove. If you are a hang and hunt guy, you can attach yourself to the tree and start working your way up and be done in 5-10 minutes after some practice with it. When you get really good at it, you can get them all hung without ever having to go back down the tree. I usually have a rope attached to the treestand and tied to my belt so once I’ve reached the top of the climbing sticks, I just hoist the stand up.
There are a lot of different options out there for climbing sticks. I’ve used several different brands. Although these sticks don’t quite get you up as high as some of the other 3-step versions, I am still very impressed with them and use them often. If you haven’t tried them yet, I would definitely recommend it!
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