I bow hunt alot out of 20ft. ladder stands. I love them but the only problem is that while climbing the stand will shift or twist just enough to make a horrible squeak. I have a Big Game treestand and a cheap one from Sportsman Guide. Has anyone encountered this problem and how did you fix it? Thanks.
Yes, I had that problem last monday. A great 10 pt. came in and at 25 yards he was feeding broadside. I held the bow up and just as I started to pull back the stand made a ….creek … and he bolted. He went about 40 – 50 yards and stood there looking back.
I took that stand down and took every bolt out and put plastic washers in between every piece of metal . So far so good but that was hard to take having a good buck like that come in and don’t get a shot.
I ratchet strap my sections together so ther never move, give that a try
Not a bad idea !! Most noise is caused by a slight separation in the sections. This can be caused by normal upward growth of the tree pulling the sections apart. Or just by use when stepping on the ladder and pushing it into the ground.
I take a piece of 2″ x 6″ green treated lumber cut a few inches wider than the ladder and use it as a base to sit the ladder on. Center the ladder on the 2 x 6 and mark the location of the ladder. Then drill a hole large enough to allow a stake to be driven thru into the ground. Angle the hole slightly rearward (Same angle as the ladder is when against the tree) . I use 1/2″ metal conduit for stakes. I cut them 18″ long, drive them thru the holes in the 2 x 6 leaving 3 to 4 inches sticking above the board. Pick up on the ladder and sit it over the exposed ends. The conduit will easily go inside the metal ladder tubing. This will hold the ladder in place and prevent the ladder from sliding, sinking or freezing into the ground. I leave the stakes in the ground for use next season.
Any noise left can be cured by using regular cooking Vegetable Oil as a lubricant. Biodegradable and natural smell.