This is the second part in a three-part series about how to be quiet during your hunt. The first installment focused on how to be quiet during the approach to your treestand. This part will discuss how to set up your treestand quietly.
Before You Go
Even if you master the quiet approach to your desired hunting spot, it won’t do you much good if you have a noisy treestand. You can’t set up a treestand quietly if the treestand itself isn’t stabilized for the least amount of noise.
The key to setting up your treestand quietly actually begins before you even enter the forest. When you’re preparing for the hunt, one of the important steps to take is to stabilize your treestand.
Minimize The Noise
First, you need to lubricate any moving parts on your treestand. That includes all hinges and joints. You can also use nylon coverings on these moveable parts if you prefer.
You can also carpet the floor of your treestand to minimize noise. However, there are hunters that suggest using peel and stick rubber treads instead because carpet that gets wet or is otherwise subjected to the elements can become moldy over time.
A Trial Run
Some hunters recommend a trial run of setting up your treestand if it’s mobile.
Pick a tree in your yard and set up your treestand a couple of feet above the ground.
Listen for any sounds coming from your treestand and try to determine the source to fix it. Remember that any sound you may hear at home will be amplified in the forest and has the potential to scare away your prey.
Get Some Help
If you’ve never set up a treestand before or have limited experience, ask a more experienced hunter for help. They likely will have tips and tricks for keeping a treestand quiet.
Next segment: How to Keep Quiet In The Treestand